It’s not everyday that we get a powder day in The San Bernardino Mountains so when one comes to town, we make time to get ours. This past January we had one of the heaviest storms that we have had in years and we were around to finally enjoy it.
A heavy chain check at lower elevation kept most down the hill. One of the many benefits to living in the mountains.
Took one run through Goldmine Canyon and then proceeded to hike laps to Silver Mountain. Most the mountain was closed for a few hours due to a power outage so if you wanted the goods you had to earn them.
Travis, Dan and Hans.
They say there’s no friends on a powder day but that depends on who you run into. Dan Weigel of Reach MFG was in the parking lot just before us so it was a no brainer to group up for the day. Always good running into this guy.
Bear Mountain got things running and fixed the power issue so we moved further over and took some laps on Geronimo and Deer Canyon to finish out the day.
Thanks for an epic day Bear Mountain! We hope to see more days like this next year.
There is a time in your life when you realize that your parents were cooler than you and did better things than you did. This happens for me every time my dad hits me up with some random thing that he finds in his basement or a lost box in the garage. I love digging through these old boxes, especially when I come across an old strip of film that my dad shot in his youth.
This time I was able to find two rolls from a day at the off-road races at the Riverside International Raceway. The raceway opened in 1957 and was the home to six different courses, both street and off-road. For 30 years this place was a destination for the Inland Empire and became home to the racing scene in Southern California. However, a demand for dollars took place and in 1988 the track saw it’s final year. The land where the track was located was turned into what is now known as the Moreno Valley Mall at Towngate.
Without further ado, here is a glimpse into Inland Empire history courtesy of the Riverside International Raceway (via 1979).
Way in front.
The races weren’t the only attraction.
This guy has figured it out.
This guy, not so much.
Lots of butts in these photos.
Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!
Clearly he was making the rounds.
One of my dad’s other friends was having some better luck.
One more for good measure.
1/2 of WeatherMTN got a backyard upgrade last week. Here’s to letting it breathe a bit.
Last week we ventured north to Yosemite to celebrate a few birthdays with a bunch of rad people. The weather was great and despite the initial flash of tourists lurking in the valley, the crowds were pretty low. We had some good times, caught some awesome views and did what you’re suppose to do while in Yosemite, take a trip.
Yosemite National Park.
Sites 13,14 and 15
Tori and Eric planned the trip and put themselves in charge of dinner on the first night. We couldn’t ask for better hosts.
Monique handled breakfast the next morning with Chorizo and Egg breakfast tacos. We definitely ate better this trip than we do at home.
We got a little bit of a late start but you can’t go to Yosemite and just stay in camp. Greg leads the way on our hike to Glacier Point.
Where we’re going.
Barely any snow this year.
My turn to make dinner.
Moose getting’ loose.
Not bad waking up to this.
Early morning target practice.
Lany and Connie serving up Bacon and Egg breakfast sandwiches.
Jada and Hillary.
WeatherMTN, Past and Future.
We couldn’t go home without celebrating Lany’s birthday in style. What’s a birthday party without a piñata?
Monique and Tori.
Stopped in the valley on our way out.
This lack of a winter the San Bernardino Mountains is having is something that we are trying to be optimistic about. While it’s easier said than done we have been doing our best to use this as an opportunity to look at our favorite place in new ways.
Pulled off the road to check out the Old Bear Valley Dam.
We’ve driven by this countless times but never noticed the remains of this old house right across the street.
Had to get a closer look.
Pulled over on the other side of the Arctic Circle to admire the view. Snow Valley isn’t looking too snowing this year.
Fog creepin’ up.