I live in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California in a town called Running Springs, right between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. It has many idiosyncrasies common to small towns, as well as some unique to the area. Like all places it definitely has it’s disadvantages, but it also has many advantages and I love living here. So to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a mountain dweller, here’s an ode to my home:
THE TOP 10 WAYS YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS:
10. The good restaurants have a “B” rating and your favorite rates a “C”.
9. Your BMW looks like it’s just been in a Dukes of Hazzard car chase. Even if you DO wash your car, the junk they put on the ground to add friction to the road in the winter flies up while you’re driving and makes your car filthy by the time you get home from the car wash.
8. You have to drive all the way to the post office just to pick up (and then subsequently throw out) your junk mail.
7. You get stuck behind 17 cars, two box trucks and a bus on your way home from the elementary school.
6. you see a straightaway with no cars in front of you and you gun it like a maniac.
5. You would go out of your way to run over a squirrel.
4. You drive 30 minutes just to get to Walmart.
3. The closest road to go “down the hill” is closed and you have to drive and hour out of your way just to get to Walmart.
2. You go through a 15 degree weather change just to get to Walmart.
AND the #1 way you know you live in the mountains is…
Your kids play baseball in the front “yard” with a snow shovel and a pine cone.