Big Bear with the Fam!

This weekend my family came out California way to enjoy a relaxing vacation in LA’s woodsy’est getaway. (sort by nearest) We rented a cabin together in the hills of Big Bear for some down home cooking, youtube watchin’ and plenty of emulated Super Smash Brother. I also got smashed with my brother on wine and Modella. Here is the Cabin and the brother.

4 hours in traffic to get here, but worth it. The cabin was actually named Mountain Cove Retreat!

The first night I made farrow and squash bowls and soy face’d appropriately over the veggies.

Then my brother and I relived our college days and shot gunned beers on the patio while Matt attempted to use the flash on my Canon AE-1. I took both cameras on this trip so there is a mix of film and digital. Can you spot the difference (it’s in the toonneeezzzz)

The next day we hiked to castle rock. Its not a long hike, but its pretty steep and easy to get winded.

I found an extra curvy piece of drift wood while ever one else took photos.

Then we climbed to the top and Matt regaled to me stories of radioactive plasma.

There’s a Lake around here some where but none of those pictures came out to my liking.

Matt took some photos of me for what should go on a separate Instagram modeling account.

Then we walked back. And I saw a Drinky Crow sticker. We’re dozens of miles away from LA, I’ll still never escape the presence of adult swim shows.

Then we played pool while Brian worked on the Hamburgers.

I’m almost certain I used the flash for this one, and I like how it came out. It’s pretty diffused for being a big blinding light shooting out of the top of the camera. Also the burgers were really good!

Big Bear is full of old cars, and I saw on reddit that old cars are the second most popular subject to take pictures of. If you want to know what gets first place, just join r/Analogue.

The next day we headed out to the Big Bear Marina to rent a big pontoon boat!

It’s a cute little place where they let any one with a valid drivers license play around with propeller powered barges.

Here’s every one chillin on the floating gas powered party deck!

And here are some Cool Boats we Saw!

We were even greeted by this cool Pirate ship!

Every one lines to float by and inspect the solar observatory. It came out pretty nice on film I think.

Brian commanded the boat for a while and we also saw some ducks!

After that it was time to head back. We walked out burnt bodies back to the car.

But on the way, there was another cool car I needed to get a photo of!

Then it was time for Brian to commence the grilling. He had gone to Raffi’s before we drove out to pick up some exquisitely marinated meats and veggies. He skewered them up while I hovered around and took photos of his artwork.

Here they are, uncooked and ready for heat.

We only had to wait a few minutes for the grill to heat up.

The heat was on, Brian flipped the flipped the meat and tong’ed the veggies. And here is the final result.

And there they are! I could only eat one my self. but it was the best Kabob I ever had! We played some games after that, complete with a round of sorry and a round of Halos. But I was too beat to take photos of any of that. So good bye family vacation and Mountain Cove Retreat! Till next time!