Saturday, May 30, 2015

What is a Pearl?

What is a Pearl? Is it a piece of sand or an amazing gem?

It doesn’t take a special shelled mollusk to make a pearl but it does it you want a pearl that is worth lots of money. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. How is a pearl made you ask, well I am here to tell you.
Well picture a shelled mollusk sitting at the bottom of the ocean minding its own business when the current picks it up and tousles it around a bit and drops it back down into the sand below. When the mollusk hits the sand a little piece finds its way inside. The mollusk forms a “pearl sac” around the irritation. This is there defense against the object that has entered there shell. The object that has entered the mollusk becomes the pearl. These pearls are common and aren’t worth anything.

Have you heard of the Mother of Pearl? No it’s not the Mother of all pearls, but it is an amazing pearl that is worth a lot of money because of how beautiful it is. Why is the Mother of Pearl different from the rest you might wonder, well it actually starts just like regular pearls but this piece of sand took up shelter in an amazing mollusk. The inner shell of this mollusk actually produces a material called Nacre. This gives the pearl the beautiful iridescent color. This is what sets this pearl apart from the others.

If you have never seen a mollusk with a pearl inside you are in luck. Here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals we have pearl gift sets. It comes with a whole oyster and a necklace. You will be able to open the oyster yourself and find the pearl inside. Once the pearl is cleaned you can put the pearl into the necklace and show it off. This gift set is an amazing gift for a loved one or yourself. With our pearl gift sets there are five different colored pearls that can be inside. Inside can be White (Wisdom), Cream (Success), Peach (Health), Purple (Wealth) and Black (love). So if you are in the area come by and get yourself a pearl.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Origins of Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world! Your hard work does not go unnoticed. All the stressing, caring, worrying, loving, comforting, and even disciplining you do, helps to shape our world and future in a very important and big way. Thank you.
Like anything, Mother’s Day had to start somewhere. This modern holiday that we celebrate here in the United States honors mothers and motherhood in every sense and way. Whether your mother is biological or not, if she has been a mother to you, she deserves to be honored. So there’s a day specifically for it.
Mother’s Day in the United States started during the early 20th century and is NOT related to or derived from any other celebrations of mothers or motherhood throughout the world. It was first celebrated in 1908 because of a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis. Jarvis had a memorial for her own mother at a church called St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, which is in Grafton, West Virginia. This church is now the home of the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
In 1905 Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. That was the year that her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna wanted to honor her mother and therefore worked hard to make a special day that would honor all mothers because they are “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. And boy does that ring true.
Anna Jarvis actually cared for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. She was a peace activist.
The United States Congress initially rejected Anna’s proposal to make Mother’s Day an official and recognized holiday. But Jarvis was persistent and continued to campaign. Finally, in 1910 the first Mother’s Day was celebrated, but only locally in West Virginia. In 1911 it was recognized nation wide and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation that officially created Mother’s Day. It was to be the “Second Sunday in May”.

It didn't take long for Mother’s Day to become commercialized. And that made Anna Jarvis upset. She strongly resented the fact that people and companies were making money off of the holiday, which to her, was pure sentiment for her mother. She must have felt a sense of dishonor and violation because of this, which is too bad. Her intentions were golden, but you can’t force people to change or not be greedy.
Jarvis actually began to boycott the commercialization and even threatened to sue to stop it. She even crashed a convention where carnations and flowers were being sold for Mother’s Day. She was arrested for disturbance of the peace.
It’s sad that it had to end this way for Jarvis. But all of this is now history and her story has been forgotten by most. On the brighter side, her holiday has been adopted by countries all over the world. I bet she never even fathomed how big this holiday would truly become.
And however you celebrate it, whether you fully participate in the commercialism and get your mom a card and flowers, or some cute little mother’s day trinket. Or if you have a more creative and unique approach. As long as it comes from the heart, it’s all good. Just show your mom how much you love and appreciate her.

With that being said, Happy Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How Big Bear Lake Was Formed

Hello there and welcome! We hope you are finding our blogs informative, as well as educational and fascinating.

Today I have decided to write about the history of how Big Bear Lake was formed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have reading, researching and writing about it.

The winter weather is what provides Big Bear Lake with water. The snow falls heaviest on the highest elevations which are the mountain tops and lightens as the elevation of the land lowers. After winter is over, the snow melts and it runs down all the surrounding slopes of our beautiful Big Bear Valley ending in the lake we now know, love and see. But the lake we have today is nothing like the original lake that once was.

Big Bear Lake was originally a natural but seasonal lake that was about 1/10 of what we have today. It was small and swampy as early accounts have written.

Back in 1878 a government survey was done on Big Bear Valley. This survey describes an “Upper” and “Lower Bear Lake”. The Upper Bear Lake is believed to be Baldwin Lake. The Lower Bear Lake is believed to be the bottom of Big Bear Lake, just north/ east of Gilner Point.

The story with how Big Bear Lake was formed begins with a man by the name of Frank Brown. Brown was the man who built Big Bear’s first dam across the narrow gorge at the east end of Big Bear Valley in 1885. However, Brown was not the first settler to discover the valley. A man by the name of Benjamin Wilson originally discovered this place back in 1845, long before Brown.

Brown built a dam completely out of local rock from Big Bear. Each rock that was cut and used in his dam, was a 3 foot block and weighed between 3 to 5 tons a piece! He used cement to bind these rocks together.
When Brown built his rock dam, he increased the size of the existing lake by about 10 times!

Frank Brown was a citrus farmer from Redlands and his mission was to find a reservoir that could supply nearby farms with water. He spent 2 years on horseback in the San Bernardino Mountains searching for the perfect reservoir.
When Brown got back after discovering “Lower Bear Lake” he got a 20 day option to buy the site for $500. During these 20 days, he made several trips back and forth from Redlands to Big Bear with several different investors. Brown also organized the Bear Valley Land & Water Company.

In the year 1883 Browns plans were well in action with a team of men cutting bedrock for the dam’s foundation. The dam was completed in 1885. The dam was an arch that stood 52 feet high, 20 feet wide at the bottom and 3 feet wide at the top.

The first winter after the dam was constructed was a heavy one. That spring when Brown and his workers came up to do some finishing touches, they found that the dam had survived and where there was a meadow and trees just the fall before, there was now a lake that was 5 miles long! It cost a total of $75,000 to build the dam and at the time it created the largest man made lake in the world.
The old rock dam held strong for 25 years until 1911 when the concrete multi arch Eastwood dam was built.

The old rock dam still stands, but it is now under about 20 feet of water.