PCH Chronicles: Through My Looking Glass

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In the first ‘chapter‘ of the PCH Chronicles, I shared the utter helpless navigation “rabbit holes” and BLISS of my barefoot experience driving from the Mountains of Big Bear to the Oxnard coast in California. It would have been nearly impossible to disappoint … Continue reading

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PCH Chronicles: The Hearst Castle & some sick Coastal Views

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(Estimated Reading Time – 1min30sec) THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY – *** Notes prints which are available in Limited Edition ACEO – some can be ordered larger and/or as Original Acrylic on Canvas. Click HERE for information on ordering. All proceeds go toward helping … Continue reading

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PCH Chronicles: the Oxnard Account

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THE OXNARD ACCOUNT: A Single Bliss-Full Day    Out of the many gifts the Lord has blessed me with, an internal compass (or any navigation skills whatsoever) was not included. It took me SIX hours to drive from Big Bear, … Continue reading

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Team Big Bear celebrates 25 years!


This past weekend, I spent a sunny, seven hour day, witnessing both élite pro-athletes and families alike ‘strutting’ their wheels in Team Big Bear’s Conquer the Bear & the Kenda Cup West/US Cup Mountain Bike Series. Considering itself the “Birthplace of Mountain Bike Racing”, Big Bear Lake has it going on. One local hero, Tom Spiegel helped pioneer Southern California’s novice and pro MTN bike races starting back in 1985.

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Although a former triathlon junkie, once Spiegel tasted the freedom and thrill of Mountain Biking, he was hooked; and Team Big Bear was born. Twenty-five years later, boasting an average turn-out of over 400 racers per event, the XC, Endurance & ‘Super D’ Mountain Bike scene in Big Bear Lake is truly Epic!

 Now home to both the Kenda Cup West and US Cup Race Series, even novice riders can find themselves avoiding death-cookies as they navigate single-track courses alongside the likes of Olympic and Elite Pro Riders such as Tinker Juarez, Todd Wells, and Georgia Gould.

TINKER JUAREZ (c) 2011 Authenchic Pics

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Random shots

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One of the beauties of Mountain Bike racing is that the Family (including the kiddos!) has the opportunity to ride the same course as the Pros! (Albeit without the competitive speed and technical prowess.)

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A Racer contemplating his finish…. I wish I could have talked to him but things were insane

If you’re into XC Mountain Biking (or ANY kind of Off-Road sport), Big Bear is a sweet place to test your skills, and hook up with a community of riders from all over the world. This area offers such beautiful and challenging rides; it seems a shame that anyone who enjoys XC biking would miss out on its glorious and bountiful landscape.

I met all sorts of folks enjoying the race…. here are some fellow Big Bear “riders” of sorts watching the action; including a few “Super D” racers warming up for the next event…

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Super D

So, whether you’re catchin’ air (and most likely some face plants) as a downhill rider, or just into some challenging and beautiful track, Big Bear has a plethora of terrain to explore. If this didn’t wet your dust enough to plan a trip up here, I will be posting about my own Big Bear mountain biking adventures very soon….

ૌ  Authenchically Yours, Lisa

AuthenChic Discovery…

 Where ever your travels take you, if snow is available, and you’re into snowboarding or skiing, you will (hopefully) make your way to the slopes. Having already hit that myself, it was time for #2 on the list of “things to do” in Big Bear. On that list is visiting the Big Bear Discovery Center (BBDC). Although it wasn’t tremendously ‘adventurous’ in and of itself, it was informative! 


The eco-friendliest way to arrive at BBDC is to hit the Alpine Pedal Path that parallels the lake off the Stanfield Cutoff. At the 1.5mi marker there is an option to head off and up on another trail which leads to the Discovery Center, as well as a grip of other trails (which I will share with you later). From the marker, it was a .7 mi paved hike to the DC, where we checked out the ‘stuffed animals’ (see below), and got some information brochures on all the available ‘things to do’.



view from BBDC

Personally, I am not a fan of taxidermy, it makes me sad. However, I can’t imagine the lay person, no matter how adventurous, often has the opportunity to see animals such as the bobcat, brown (or black) bear, etc. as up close & personal as one can because of this particular ‘art’ form.

 Along with viewing the prevalent wildlife species, the BBDC also has a plethora of 411 on the countless hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that are accessible from this California Mountain Town. For even the remotely ‘fit’ person (we passed a couple toting a stroller with a baby girl and tag-along three-year-old son), the 2.2mi trek to the center is as easy as pie. One of the most famous trails you can hit from this point is the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
THE PCT runs from Canada to Mexico, and every year hundreds of brave souls trek either part of or the entire route – a whopping 2,650 miles (4,260 km) –  having necessities shipped to rest stops (like Big Bear) along the journey. This is one AuthenChic Adventure I have definitely put on my “bucket list”. 😉


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 For the fellow conservationists out there, just a cool FYI – part of the proceeds generated from the BBDC Gift Shop go to help the San Bernardino National Forest Association, so you know that any souvenirs you pick up for friends, family or yourself will be a gift that keeps on giving! There are plenty of educational and volunteer opportunities available, no matter what your Stay Green interests.   

If anyone who reads this has actually been ON the PCT, I’d love to hear about it!

Peace, L
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