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Monday, July 4, 2011

Family Trip Day 3...

While in Big Bear Lake we camped at the Sorrano Campground.   It was a wonderful place and we hope to go another time to stay longer.  Large campsites, pretty quite, nice facilities and great staff.

Our first adventure of the day was to ride the sky chair up to the top of the mountain for lunch.  We had mixed signs as to whether or not the cafe on top was open, so we packed up a picnic to be safe.  
It was open, but the picnic did us just fine. 

 Going up! 
 Seeing all the snow machines they use.  One sign said that when the temperature drops to the right place they can go from bare mountain to skiing in 2 days & nights.  They use water from the lake to make real snow, and have an intricate draining system that collects the snow melt and channels it back to the lake.  Talk about recycling! 
 One of the many runs...
 At the top looking around...
 During the summer this is a mountain bikers paradise.  We saw a lot of different people going up the chair with their bikes.  The bike runs are different than the ski runs, so we couldn't watch them go down, but they looked geared out for some serious fun.
View of the lake on our way down.
 Our next adventure was to go ride the alpine slides.  It's been years since I've been to the ones in Colorado, so this was high on my list for this trip.  Nothing like a big fiberglass slide down a mountain!
Ty was too little to reach the brake all the way, so he rode with me.  We had a blast zooming down as fast as we could! 
 Cody was just tall enough to ride alone, although he probably would have been better with an adult as he couldn't actually push the handle hard enough to get all the way off the brake. 
 Virginia and Eli coming off, reporting back that it was a lot more fun than they had expected. 
We also rode Go-Karts here as well, on a very small track, but the boys liked it.

After some fun we loaded up in the cars and headed to Anaheim.  We were lucky enough to hit a bit of LA traffic, but it wasn't as awful as it could have been.  Camp was okay here, mainly set up for RV's.  So we set the tents up on the concrete slabs.  The boys were stoked because there was a pool and we were right across from it!  They had fun getting a swim in before dinner.

We hustled them to bed as Disney was up the next day.  From our camp you could see the top of the Matterhorn, but if you didn't know what it was, you wouldn't have known it was there.  We were also able to see and hear the 9:30 fireworks show that Disney puts on.  Tyler slept through it, but Cody woke up and had a hard time getting back to sleep.  Being the good parents we are, we lied and told him we didn't know what the big bangs were or what they were for.

I was almost too excited to sleep!

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