The Big Bear Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Their newest solar telescope has a 1.6 meter clear aperture and is the largest aperture solar telescope in the world. Tours are offered from 2-3pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. I love the stark whiteness of the building against the blue and green of its surroundings.
Links: BBSO (tour info, webcams, latest images)
A couple of weeks ago we caught just the beginning of the 27th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run held at Big Bear Lake. Over 500 classic cars were expected with a highlight of the weekend being a cruise around the lake by everything from restored stock vehicles to wild hot rods. The pic above shows one of our favorites!
Last week I posted a pic of the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (see link below). Today I am posting a pic of the awesome view of Big Bear Lake that the Lookout offers. You can see most of the lake including the airport at the far end.
Links: Butler Peak Fire Lookout
Jenks Lake is a beautiful little mountain lake located off Highway 38, twenty eight miles from Big Bear Lake. Sitting at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers fishing from a wooden pier or from shore. A hiking trail (with picnic tables and restrooms) runs along the parking lot side of the lake. We want to return and do a little kayaking.
The road to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (north of Big Bear Lake) reopened to the public in July 2016 after being closed for 9 years. Sitting at 8,535 feet atop a tangle of rocks, the lookout offers a commanding 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. Fire Lookout Host volunteers James and Mark gave us a great overview of its history and function. Check with the Big Bear Discovery Center to make sure it’s open before you go.
Links: Fire Lookout Host Program