Vic led a birding trip to Big Bear Lake recently for his senior citizen class in bird watching. I was more than happy to go with him because I love the San Bernardino Mountains.
We drove up State Route 38 on a beautiful Friday morning, meeting the group at the Oaks Restaurant in Angelus Oaks for an early lunch. If you've never explored the dirt roads around the Angelus Oaks area, you're missing out on a treat. We took a sharp left off the highway at the first pullout beyond the Oaks Restaurant and bounced down the steep grade of Middle Control Road.
A beautiful little waterfall a short way down the road offered views of columbine and seep monkeyflower. At the bottom of the road, we came to the mighty Santa Ana River. Only it isn't so mighty up there. The river looks like a creek, running naturally over granite boulders under white alder trees. With sunshine dappling the rippling blue water, it was a sight to behold.