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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Weekend in Big Bear

From Cheer Camp

We returned yesterday from a long weekend getaway in Big Bear California. Our YD (youngest daughter) had to attend a 4 day "cheer camp", where the girls pretty much get the phooey whupped out of them for four days, while lifting other girls almost equal to their own weight above their heads and tossing them around. When we arrived at the camp to pick her up on Tuesday morning, one girl was already back at home in a sling for a month while her shoulder healed, another had nasal packing in her nose to stem the blood whilst stunting and all of them, about 90 in total, were bruised, sunburnt, and exhausted! One of the girls got smacked in the face so hard, she loosened three teeth and had to have bottom braces put back on! These are tough little girls!

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Why do they do this? Spend four days throwing other girls up in the air and catching them, while hoping the "flyers" remember to tuck in their heads and not smack the "backspots" nose with their head on the way down? Beats the heck outta me! Like I said...these are some tough little girls! Even when they're not at camp, their coaches ride them hard. I'll pick her up from practice in time to watch the end which usually involves running "cowboy miles". Around the track, to the top of the bleachers and back down four times is one "cowboy mile". And these kids do this for 2 or 3 "miles". Me? I'd lay down until the urge passed...

We decided that since we had to drive up to Big Bear on Saturday and then back on Tuesday, we'd just find ourselves a cabin and take a few days off. We thought we might stay here:

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But reality and common sense can be a harsh mistress at times, so we stayed here instead:

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We wandered around the Village a bit, saw a movie and stopped by a bookstore with lots of potential.

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With a great name like that, I guess I expected a full coffee shop with lots of selections, of both coffee's and books. Sadly, mostly tourist-y stuff, gifts, etc. A limited selection of books, a coffee pot and no chairs for lounging in. Oh well....not the hidden treasure I'd hoped for!

Energetic husband road his bicycle around the lake a couple of times, and then bicycled to Arrowhead, where I met him. Its a beautiful drive, but an intense bicycle ride, (especially for someone like me who would, as I've mentioned before, lay down until the urge passed!) Big Bear and Arrowhead are really beautiful places, especially when you live on the edge of the high desert!

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It was great to getaway! I didn't quite get as much reading done as I'd hoped, but then again...I never do!!


serendipity_viv said...

My daughters would love to go to that kind of camp, only they don't do them over here in England. I loved the cabin you stayed in and wish to buy the one you didn't stay in! It looks like a beautiful place, thanks for sharing.

Serena said...

Love the shots of Big Bear! I remember hearing about that place on the Bold and Beautiful soap my mom watches...and I always wondered if it was real out there in CA!

That bookshop looks like a great place for me.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

LOVED the pictures. I've never seen pictures of Big Bear, looks really beautiful. Glad the girls had fun too.

bermudaonion said...

I hope your daughter came away from cheer camp unscathed! Big Bear is gorgeous - thanks for sharing the pictures.

CJ said...

What amazing photos! Cheerleaders today make me cringe with the stuff they're doing. As for choices of places to stay - I like where you stayed much better and it's too bad about the bookstore. I do love the name.

Thanks for sharing!


Hazra said...

Loved your pics of Big Bear. Looks like you had a great getaway, despite the girls' bruises, which I hope will heal fast

Alexia561 said...

Looks like you had a great time! And got a kick out of the two different cabins...am sure yours was much nicer. :)

Cindy said...

I love your pictures! Thanks for sharing.

My daughter was a cheerleader in middle school and high school! This brings back fond memories for me.

Congratulations to your daughter for being involved in such a great sport!