We decided to spend Memorial weekend up at Lake Arrowhead. It has been over a year since we were last up there and now that Averi is a bit older and a tad easier, we thought….why not?
We rented the same VRBO that suited our needs perfectly last time. Plenty of rooms, a fire place and a nice deck with a hot tub.
Once we hit our first destination on the mountain, Lou Eddies Pizza, Kaili hopped out of the truck and threw up. We high fived her for making it to the top and saving us a huge mess to clean up.
After a few sips of 7-up, she was ready for pizza.
Full on delicious pizza, we checked into our rental, unloaded ALL of our stuff (crazy the amount of stuff we need for just a few days) and hit the store.
Then it was time to play.
We wandered around the Village and stopped at a new Tap Room for a couple of coconut margs and snacks for the girls.
It was absolutely beautiful up there.
Dinner was enjoyed on our patio. Grilled rib-eyes and wine, while the girls splashed in the hot tub.
After bath and pajamas, we indulged in S’mores while the sun went down.
The next morning we woke up and headed out for a hike to “Heart Rock”. We had zero phone service by the time we got to where we thought the beginning of the trail was but it turned out we were in the wrong spot. Luckily other people were in the same predicament and working together, finally managed to find where we needed to be. Unfortunately, Averi decided she was done with nature and her mood went to shit.
There were loads of Ladybugs all over the place, to the point where it was actually making my skin crawl.
About a 1/4 mile up the trail Averi had given up and I had to carry her. I wanted to throw in the towel and just let Shane and Kaili finish it, but Shane talked me into continuing. We took turns carrying the little terrorist to the end. We didn’t really get to explore the waterfall or the heart shape rock since the girls were well, you know.
Kaili did a great job and had a lot of fun, that is until I told her I wanted to take her picture. Tell me how you really feel Kaili.
Shane carried Averi all the way back to the paved road where she managed to use her two feet to make it to the truck.
We were all famished and ready for lunch so we stopped at a highly recommended Mexican spot that sits cliffside the mountain. The food was really good as were the views.
After lunch, Averi’s mood lifted so we headed down to the village for some play time.
The girls finally got to go on a few the rides, something we have been hearing about nonstop since we arrived.
The pirate ship was the clear favorite.
Then it was our turn, we sat outside and had margaritas while the girls had ice cream.
We wandered up to the grocery store for some goodies to build a charcuterie board for dinner.
Once the girls were down for the night, we sat outside enjoying our meal when a visitor let himself into our yard.
We tried calling the number on his tag but no one answered. Shane said he remembered seeing this dog the last time we were here so while he walked down to that house, Zuess and I enjoyed some cured meats. Then he was happily reunited with his owners.
Sunday morning after some espresso’s made with my new Staresso, which I LOVE, we went back down to the lake for lunch.
We shared some appetizers and a few cocktails, which were all really good.
A neighbor of the house we were staying at invited us to a block party later that afternoon. It was an interesting group of people and after an hour or so of chatting, we had had enough and decided to head back to the house to try and eat up some leftovers.
Before heading home Monday morning, we took once last glimpse of the lake. We left beautiful weather and headed back into town welcomed by a grey sky and cooler weather.
It’s always a good time up there and I am ooking forward to enjoying a Christmas in Lake Arrowhead some time in the future.