Big Bear Woodland Trail 1E23 Interpretive Loop

This loop trail features an interpretive guide that you can download to your phone. The trail is 1.5 miles long so can be completed in a relatively short period of time, but we ambled along and stopped frequently to enjoy the scenery, spending all afternoon there. There are also a couple of benches along the trail for those who would like a nice place to sit, relax, and take in the forest.

A pack rat midden nestled between the tree trunks

Tree at Natural Bridges


Phoebe and I climbed this tree.  I was wearing new knee-high boots and a new sweater dress bought with some Christmas money, so I didn’t want to get dirty but also couldn’t resist myself.  No one was around and this tree just needed to be climbed.

Phoebe’s sycamore leaf


Phoebe is really excited about keeping a journal of her observations while adventuring.  Here she draws a depiction of the sycamore leaf, a tree native to California.  Yesterday she asked to bring materials to draw the koi in the pond, too.  It’s great.  Art is about refining your ability to see deeply into things.  When a child (or an adult for that matter) is asked to draw what they see in their own way, they notice small, beautiful details previously missed.  This is how I feel when I practice macro photography of wildflowers; the camera enables me to exalt the tiniest of features.