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Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

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  • Trip Report Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

    So how many people on here post a trip report, while still on their trip?


    That's the conveniences of having a laptop and portable internet everyone!



    So this morning, at about ten to 8, I headed out on the road, leaving Anaheim and bound for camping in the local San Bernardino Mountains. My destination: Dogwood Campground. A beautiful jewel nestled between Lake Arrowhead and the small town of Blue Jay. Now I've gone camping in Big Bear before and my campground of choice there is Pineknot, right next to Snow Summit ski area. But I wanted something more exclusive, something a lil more off the beaten path sorta speak and believe me, I chose the right place. Juuuuust not the right time. I'm still battling the remains of a flu, just the nagging cough and for part of this morning, I was feeling like it was a mistake being up here. Took me a few hours to set up camp than it would normally would. For most of the morning and early part of the afternoon, I just sat in my lounge chair at the back of my SUV and snoozed off and on. What also didn't help that the site they gave me, was all on a slope. So I had to climb a little hill to get back up to my car as I was unloading, taking breaks here and there to get the rest I needed. But otherwise, it was pretty nice up here, and barely anyone around. So needless to say, it's nice and quiet. Matter of fact, I'm typing this up by the light of my propane lantern at night, campfire roaring nearby, and I'm hearing coyotes in the background. About shortly after 12 noon, I realized that I needed some sock bulbs for my propane lantern, so I went into both Blue Jay and Lake Arrowhead to try to find what I needed, but it was nowhere to be found. So I had to do the inevitable that I was trying to avoid, take the half hour drive to Big Bear and go to the K-Mart there. While there, I went by the Moonridge Zoo and snapped some pictures. And I stopped by the shopping village on the way out, and there is this Christmas Store that I think is the LAST place ANYWHERE in Southern California where one can buy Dept 56 merchandise, which has gone completely bankrupt and is nowhere else to be found. Anyways, I left BB and came back to the campground, fixed dinner and here I am. Here come the pics. Enjoy!

    Big Bear pictures by aidensdaddy2k9 - Photobucket

    My campsite:


    Here's what was behind my site. Nothing but open land:


    Mule Deer from a far


    Coyote


    Grizzly Bear taking a nap


    Another Grizzly making the paces:




    I swear, one of the cutest animals on earth, the raccoon, showing me teeth


    The mule deer from earlier, lickin the fence


    Same bear, still pacing but a close up shot.


    For you Winsconsin fans, here's a badger, showing me it's backside.


    Here's a buffalo. Better shot to come later.


    Here's that bear again!


    Look within the circle. That mass of fur, is a snow leopard. It tried to pee on me once! It can stay right where it is.


    Tundra wolves






    Mountain lions hangin in their igloo while zoo keepers clean their enclosure.


    Some hawks


    Stand up and salute! It's your country's bird, the Bald Eagle. My favorite animal.




    Just to show you there's more than 1.


    The black bear finally came out


    Better shot of the buffalo


    This one is hard to see along the chain link fence. But I outlined it in the shot.


    He finally stopped pacing. When I came up, he looked right at me. But then turned away when I snapped the shot. Damn *******!


    Now they're all awake!






    Its a pair of red foxes, takin a nap.


    Grey Fox doin the STREEEEEETCH!


    It's Pepe LePew!!



    If I was stayin longer, I'd take more pictures and post them. But I will be returning home in the morning. Goodnight all!!! :wave:

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    Re: Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

    That was nice. Love the tundra wolves...one of my favorite animals.

    I hope you got some rest and are feeling better in the morning. Was it cool up there? We used to go to Big Bear a lot when I was a kid, but never camped out.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Re: Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

      Beautiful photos of the animals.

      Seeing all your photos makes me want to go camping. How I miss it.

      Thanks for sharing them with us.

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        Re: Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

        Originally posted by SnorkletsMom View Post
        That was nice. Love the tundra wolves...one of my favorite animals.

        I hope you got some rest and are feeling better in the morning. Was it cool up there? We used to go to Big Bear a lot when I was a kid, but never camped out.

        Thanks for sharing!
        I actually finished packing up about 2:30 this morning and came home. Got home about a quarter to 4. I just couldn't take it anymore. I wanted to come home, and plus, I beat the traffic coming back when I did. I still feel like I was slammed by a MAC truck.

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          Re: Camping in the San Bernardino Mountains - Mini Trip Report w/Pictures!!!

          Ya he walks in our bedroom at 4am... I woke up to seeing a rather large dark figure out the foot of my bed... He had waited another minute to turn on the light my cellphone would have been chucked at his head and I have good aim even the dark minus my glasses... Mr I will call you when I am on my way home.. didnt even bother to warn me!!!!

          He will have to go again when he feels better.. I should have said no, and wait cause I think the camp fire didnt help his cough at all.

          Oh Well, lesson learned....

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