Hi friends! Welcome back! How’s everyone’s summer going so far? Summer has always been my favorite time of the year, as a kid it meant no school, beach trips and lots of pool time, we always had a pool when I was growing up. Now, as a wife and mom I still love my summers just as much, even more so when my son started school. I try to carry out the tradition of pool days and beach trips with my kiddos. My husband and I don’t currently have a pool at our home (that’s on our checklist for our new home in the upcoming future, more on that later) so we spend a lot of time at my moms house swimming and hanging out in her pool, she only lives a couple miles away from us. We usually take off to the beach any chance we get, because of the current circumstances with COVID-19 we haven’t made our way to any of our favorite beaches recently. We did kick off our summer on Memorial weekend celebrating my husbands 40th birthday at Bass Lake, a change of pace for us, it felt so good to travel after being locked down for so long.
Every year my husbands birthday falls on Memorial weekend. We always try to make an extra long weekend out of it and celebrate somewhere fun, Ventura beach is one of our go to spots, one year we took our 3 kiddos to Las Vegas, that was an adventure for sure! This year was a BIG year turning 40! We wanted to do something completely different, initially we thought we’d travel out of the country without our kids to possibly Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and make a “grownups” trip out of our weekend, of course COVID had other plans for us. Then we sadly thought we wouldn’t be able to do anything thing, then last minute we had heard Bass Lake (which is only about 2 and a half hours from where we live) was opening back up for Memorial weekend!
As a kid I would go to Bass Lake with my family, I had not been since having my own kiddos and my husband and I had never been together. Bass Lake is an adorable little resort town town close to the Sierra National Forrest. One of my favorite movies “The Great Outdoors” with movie legends John Candy and Dan Aykroyd, was shot on location at Bass Lake. There’s a scene where John Candy and Dan Aykroyd are at the Pines Bar, if you ever go to Bass Lake stay at the Pines Resort, we always stayed there as a kid, and you’ve got to go eat at Ducey’s, it brings back the best memories!
For this trip we did not stay at the Pines Resort, since a group of us were going together (my brother, his girlfriend and kids, my husbands best friend his wife and kids, and another couple) we decided to all rent a house together. We found this beautiful house just a couple of miles from the lake. The house had 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms a large living area and kitchen, it was perfect for our big group! It’s also had a large yard, perfect for a bunch of kids to run around in (8 kids to be exact)! My husbands best friend and the other couple with us each brought their boats, we were ready for a fun weekend away!
The kids swam in the lake and went tubing all day, the water was chilly, there’s a spot where the water is running off from the mountains, all the melted snow made the water refreshingly cold, it was rushing fast, over the rocks that people had turned into slides, that water was comparable to jumping into an ice chest burrrrrr!!! There were a TON of people at the lake that weekend, besides being Memorial weekend it was also the first weekend that places around the lake town were reopening, besides the crowds I would say our time on the lake was perfection.
Bass Lake really is so beautiful, absolutely picturesque. The million dollar beautiful homes that sit on the water and the pine trees that surround it all, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. There’s also a fun, chill vibe to the place, it has a balance of party place and family time. We stayed out on the water until the lake closed, I believe it was 7pm, then headed back to our rental house to celebrate my hubby’s 40th. I had a cake made for him, shaped like his favorite beer, Coors Light of course, this poor cake didn’t make it up the drive in the mountains, the altitude wasn’t kind to this $150 cake I bought, but it still tasted delicious!
Overall it was a fantastic trip, 2 nights in a beautiful home near a beautiful lake. It was perfect for our first time away after lockdown. Even though it wasn’t what we had originally planned for my husbands 40th birthday celebration, it was a perfect weekend away celebrating with the ones we love. It reminded me how much I loved and missed Bass Lake, I’m trying to convince my hubby now that we need a boat! I’m always so quick to jump in my car and head to the beach, I forget to think about all of the beautiful mountain towns California has to offer.
Our summer is definitely going to look a lot different this year, our favorite fireworks show held July 3rd every year has already been cancelled, swim team was cancelled, a lot of the pools at our favorite beach hotels have not reopened, things that had reopened are now starting to be shut down again, it’s definitely a scary and depressing time in our lives right now. But when I look at the big picture I’m so thankful for the health of my family and close friends that I’m still able to spend time with, my husbands business is very busy, THANK YOU JESUS, we can still find ways to have fun and make memories with our kids during this pandemic.