Mt. Baldy Part II: Tiny Birthday Road Trip

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

We were so captivated by our last trip to Mt. Baldy that Gabs decided to plan a tiny trip back there for her birthday--to share the special place with her closest LA friends. Expecting Fall-ish weather not unlike the last time, we were surprised to find a different scene: the entire mountain consumed by a cloud. It was eerie and sublime, and just sort of emphatically special. 

Mt. Baldy: Ski Lifts

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

We decided to get out of the city one day a few weeks ago to do some hiking around Mt. Baldy. We had been once before on a hot day in September of last year, and since it was still pretty warm at home in LA we expected it to be consistent with our collective memory and similarly summery on this trip. BUT! Most pleasant of surprises, it ended up being a perfectly autumnal day on the mountain, complete with colors and smells of your (my) midwestern youth, but conveniently still warm enough to not wear jackets or pants. We were so taken by the whole thing. We stopped along the trail to lay on rocks and watch the light do weird things with the leaves through the lenses of our cheap sunglasses.

Once we finished the hike, we decided to just check out the situation with these "ski lifts"...the signs for which we saw on the drive up. A few minutes later we find our chilly selves riding up to the top of a mountain on a ski lift, in awe of the best scenery and our excellent luck. It's definitely among the most unique and wonderful activities to do within an hour of LA, highly recommended for an impressive romantic date (if that is an option/need for any of you). 12$ per person for a one-way ticket, and you can eat at the Top of the Notch, the ski lodge at the top! Sigh, the whole thing was so unexpected, and so good that we went back two weeks later to share it with a bunch of people who we love.  

Posted on December 10, 2013 .

Ode to Bakersfield

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

For all of the awesome places there are to go to, there are several times as many that one might just pass through without thinking, or even looking. Bakersfield, CA is one of those places (for us, at least). But hey! This time the palm trees and auto mall balloon art at dusk caught our eye(s), so we grabbed a few pics. There's also a well-located In-N-Out....Just saying. 

Posted on February 3, 2013 .

Santa's Village

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

If you grew up in the LA area, you might remember Santa's Village--a Christmas-themed amusement park near Lake Arrowhead. The park closed down in the early '00s (surprise! that was more than ten years ago), and most of it is still standing...although it's normally closed to the public. The property is now for sale, and last weekend our friend Doug invited us to an open house. Unfortunately, tours are open to serious buyers only, and while none of us technically qualify, we were lucky enough to accompany the artist behind Palm Springs' Robolights, who happens to be interested.

Posted on January 26, 2013 .