About 10 years (and many great times and memories) later, we fell in love with another cabin within walking distance from this one and decided to "trade up". This place was a little bigger, so we could invite more friends and family up to spend time with us. Again, wonderful memories, and soooooo many weekends were spent enjoying the mountains (and painting, sanding, re-roofing, re-decking... you get the picture).
|Mountain Jam: My niece on guitar and nephew on harmonica!|
There used to be a small family ski area that was within walking distance from our cabin. We spent many winter weekends skiing (and teaching the kids to ski) at this spot. It was great! Below is a photo of yours truly after walking up to the top of the ski run in summer. Like the bell bottoms? Must have been the '70s :-)
Disaster struck, and our beautiful little cabin had an electrical fire and burnt pretty much to the ground. Thankfully no one was hurt, and the fire was contained to just our cabin. We rebuilt the same year our son was born. Three years later our daughter followed, and our "new" mountain cabin became the focus of our family life. We spent almost every free weekend in the mountains, and the kids loved it!
|Photo taken today... Still quite a bit of snow on the ground from last weekend's storm|
Our little lake is walking distance from the house, and much of our summertime activity was either down on the lake or out on hikes.
|My Son and Daughter boating on the lake!|
|We kept our rowboat tied up in this cove.|
|After you catch 'em, you got to clean 'em!|
|A nice stringer!|
|Friends out on a hike! My daughter and son are at the far left.|
So yes, an end to an era. We rarely go to the mountains anymore. The kids are grown and doing their own thing, and if you follow my blog, you know my wife and I have a new love (the desert). The time feels right to sell (even though the market is terrible!). I just hope the next family can enjoy the property even half as much as we have over the years. We were so fortunate... it's been great fun!
|My wife... never met a critter she didn't like!|
|View from Green Valley Lake Road looking down on Lake Arrowhead.|