Ryan’s Birthday Weekend: Part 2

After attempting to sleep in a bit, but actually waking up around 8:00, I made breakfast in bed, because I’m an awesome girlfriend.

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Look at that spread, willya?

Applewood smoked bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and hot chocolate (coffee for me)

IMG_2628Ryan ventured in while I was cooking it, though, so it turned into breakfast-at-the-table.

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Packing the Subaru for the day

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There’s the lodge, giant trees, and fairy lights by day

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Our cabin

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The weather was gorgeous

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In spite of the awesome weather, and the lake being recently stocked with trout, no one we saw or talked to was catching ANYTHING.  Until Ryan caught this guy.

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This fish was all birthday luck

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The lake was really pretty.  Our part was blocked off and didn’t have boats, but most of the lake had a lot of boat action.

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After a while, we quit for lunch.  We ended up at Murray’s Saloon, which was very biker bar inside, but had an awesome patio with an awesome, attentive waitress and an excellent puppy.

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They also had a prize claw game, but with real
lobsters inside. Apparently if you catch one, they’ll
cook it for you. Maybe next time.

Did I mention the Big Bear Air Fair was also going on while we were there?  Admission was only $2, and we planned to go, but it ended early and we never made it.  Lots of cool planes flew over all weekend, though.

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After lunch and a quick nap, we headed back out to fish.

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Ryan caught one more trout, so dinner was on.  We left when it got too dark to see what we were doing.

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Gift basket waiting on our doorstep when we returned for the night.

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Ryan was pleased with his trouts

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Dinner

 

 

After dinner, I really wanted to make smores.  So Ryan made a fire.  For the record, I am the champion fire builder, I just let him help out because it was his birthday.  Also because we had zero kindling.

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The next morning we packed up and checked out.

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Another gorgeous day

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Huge Christmas trees

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We stopped in town to pick up worms.
This store seemed to have everything covered.

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These windows cracked me up.
And they definitely were stocked with moonshine.

 

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Cool and refreshing: worms

We went for a little walk on the boardwalk by the bridge before Ryan set off to fish again.

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Not a bad view

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Not pictured: the huge carp that Ryan lost ~1 foot from land because a random guy jumped in to help, and accidentally broke the line.  Ryan was kind of pissed.

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But then he was redeemed

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Little baby catfish

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He was safely released

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After fishing, we stopped for sandwiches, which were not in fact lousy

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We also stopped at Bass Pro on the way home.  It was Ryan’s first time there and I embarrassed him with a million pictures and kept reminding him how many poles and reels he already has.

All in all, a good birthday.  I learned that Ryan is kind of snooty about stocked fish and prefers to hike into the wilderness and catch-and-release in remote creeks, but what’re you gonna do.  It’s LA, we don’t have any of that anywhere near here, and he’d wanted to go to Big Bear for a while.  We may be back again sometime snowy, as I’m sure it’s gorgeous.  I also learned that Ryan should never be allowed to venture into Bass Pro alone.  It’s a dangerous store.

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