Big Bear - My Family Travels

Do you remember experiencing something brand new for the first time? The adrenaline rushing through all the veins in your body? Your heart pumping faster and faster? Your eyes wide open with surprise and the one thing that comes out of your mouth at that moment is.. “Oh .. my… God.” For the first time in a long time I had all those feelings trembling throughout me. About a month ago I left Fountain Valley, CA, a city with lots of schools, lots of people, lots of seven-elevens and of course the sunny beach, for a three day weekend to an environment I haven’t had much experience with. My Boyfriend’s family was taking me to their place up in these gorgeous mountains filled with tall trees springing from the ground all over. A place where there were no freeways or business. A place to relax and do anything you feel like doing with no worries or stress. To me this place is on a whole other world but to others it’s known as Big Bear.

I have been to Big Bear once before with this family  during the summer and it was breath taking. However this time it was suppose to snow, which is one of things I was very excited to go and experience. I have only seen snow once. It just enough to make a few snowballs and it still blew me away with shock. This time however would be life changing! The whole way up I had fantasies of what the snow would be like, feel like, and even taste like. When I started seeing signs of snow half way up the mountain my heart was jumping inside as if it were playing in a bounce house.

Everything was white. There was snow on the streets, on houses, on trees, on cars, on buildings, on grass, on rocks, on walkways, on trash cans, and even on front lawns. There was snow everywhere! I never really understood what people meant by the saying “a blanket of snow” but at that moment I now fully understood what they meant. It didn’t snow that first day when we arrived but that next morning was a morning I’ll never forget. My boyfriend rushed down and woke me up to hurry and put on our boots and go outside. I remember not even caring that I was in gym shorts and a tank top because I was about to see my first snow fall!

There it was, snow, little fluffs of ice soaring from clouds above down onto my arms and face. It was beautiful! My whole body was in shock of finally witnessing something that I have always seen on television and heard stories about from friends. And the only thing that I remember coming out of my mouth was “Oh.. My.. God..” I was in Heaven! It felt like I was living inside a snow globe that never stopped shaking. It was so weird to have gone 20 years and not seen snow fall. At that moment I decided that no matter what I want to eventually end up living somewhere where it snowed during the winter.

It didn’t snow for much longer after my excitement calmed down and had to go back inside due to my body realizing how freezing it was outside in shorts. The rest of the trip was incredible. relaxing next to the fireplace, making my first ever snow angel in new snow, having snow ball fights, and of course spelling “Jennifer was here” on new snow at the park. When it was time to leave I was not looking forward to being back in the beach scene of my hometown but I will never forget how much fun I had in the snow and can’t wait till I’m back there again.


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