Saturday, September 10, 2016

Another Summer's in the Books

Howdy Partners!

Well, it looks like the Summer of 2016 is in the history books and it's time to turn our attention to the coming Fall - or - Autumn season - whichever term you prefer.

I've often wondered why our "third" season has 2 common names, so, as any curious 21st century kinda "tech savy" girl would do, I "Googled" it!  According to what I learned, the words "Fall" and "Autumn" are widely used and mixed up throughout the "English" language.  The word "Autumn" comes from the French word "automne" and the word "fall" comes from the term "fall of the leaf" which was shortened to the single word we use today -  "fall".  So whichever word you prefer to use - it's all good!

At any rate it means lots of things to us living here high above the valleys below.  For one, it means a temporary slow down of the influx of tourists that summer traditionally brings. During this time of year, the busy days are not every day of the week, but usually just the weekends.

That brings to the top of the list, our annual Oktoberfest - which is one of the best in Southern California!  This year it runs from September 10th clear thru till October 29th, which give us 8 weekends to enjoy the 46th year of this fun event!  Lots of activities are planned that appeal to one and all who attend!

Also let's not forget that Big Bear is a four season resort town and we do have many tree varieties that give us awesome fall colors when it starts getting cooler, which is the main factor that makes the leaves change their color.  It's a veritable plethora of photographic opportunity!

So why not plan an adventure and join us in discovering "Fall" or "Autumn" in Big Bear!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Arrrrrrre you ready?

Pirates. The tales of pirates have been around for centuries. Along with the tales they told one another out at seas. Rather it was a Halloween costume or the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise we all have had an interest in pirates at one point, or still do. There's just something about the trouble making travelers that intrigues us all. But perhaps for some it wasn't the pirates that caught their attention but the fact that they hunted for treasures. Pirates and treasure hunting have gone hand in hand since the beginning of the tale telling. Rather it was burring their own treasure or chasing after a different crews treasure, they are usually told within the same stories. Over time the life of a pirate has well, died out. There may still be "pirates" but not anything compared to what they used to be, we hope! As the life of a pirate has faded away, you'd think so has the treasures too, right? Nope! X marks the spot atop our mining adventures here at Gold Rush! We take you on a journey to discover all of the lost treasures of the sea! Starting as low as $25 you can dive into one of our Pirate Plender adventures! And when I say dive in, I mean it! Being that we are trying to recreate the feeling of a pirate's lost treasure we bury the items in sand UNDER water! No, you won't need your bathing suits, just a camera to capture how excited the kids will be! Although pirates may have been known for their scary and selfish attitude our team here at Gold Rush is anything but that! We try to give you the feel of a under the sea pirate adventure but with a warm, welcoming, and helpful attitude to give you the best possible experience! So what AAAARRRRREEEE you waiting for? There's so much to chose from and discover! Not only do we offer a pirate adventure but also Ancient Sea Tanks, Frozen Digs, Paleo Egg Digs, Mermaid Sacred Sea Chests, Mystery Buckets, Gemstone Bags, Geode cracking and of course panning for Gold! Time's a tickin' Matey! Give us a call at (800) 363-8303 or check out our website at We look forward to unbarring the treasures of the deep with you and your family!

                                                           your mate, Danyel @ Gold Rush

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Red, White, and Blue skies!

The 4th of July, a day to remember our independence. Over the years we have not only taken this day to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but also to come together and celebrate in general. BBQ's, picnics, fun in the sun, and of course you can't forget fireworks. Rather it be camped out on the shore somewhere, atop a hill, or my personal favorite, on a nice boat in the middle of the lake. Us locals in Big Bear look forward to the 4th of July almost as much as we do Christmas. Most people wouldn't think that our quiet little town would be the place to go to see an amazing firework show, but boy is it. At around 9pm all of the boats start honking their horn as the tester shooting to the sky and booms, sending sparks trailing down the the water beneath. Everyone tunes to our local radio station in time to hear our classic Big Bear Lake theme song, a tradition if you will. Or as my family has done in the past, remain silent so you can hear the echos of all of the boats around you playing the song. As soon as the traditional song ends, the show starts. I could try to explain the feeling of our fireworks from a boat beneath, but no words will compare to how amazing and breath taking it actually is. All I can confirm for you is that it is a sight you will not forget for years to come. But I have gotten ahead of myself, before the display of fireworks you have the  entire day before you to spend. Although some may want to be on the boat all day or shore side playing in the water, you may want something more to your weekend. Here at Gold Rush not only can we offer you a quiet cabin for your weekend but we also do a variety of different mining adventures. The 4th is getting closer, so hurry and check out our website to book a cabin or check out to find out about our mining adventures. Or we are open 7 days a week so you can give us a call at (800) 363-8303 for any questions you have or information you may want.

                                 Look forward to helping you plan your perfect 4th weekend!
                                                        Danyel @ Gold Rush 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fun in the sun!

School's out, the weather is warming up, and your tradition for a nice vacation is just around the corner! But where to go? What to do? Well, I have all of your answers in 2 words, Big Bear! Or here's another 2 words, Gold Rush! Don't worry, you don't have to pick between the two because Gold Rush is located in Big Bear! We have all you could need and more up here in the mountains! A nice lake to picnic by, rent a boat for the day, rent some jet-skis, fishing equipment, or even just relax in a secluded cabin among the pine trees and light summer breeze. Whatever may sound appealing to you and your family, our team at Gold Rush can fulfill your needs, well with the cabin part at least. We offer a variety of cabins spread throughout the valley ranging from a cute and cozy 1 bedroom to a house able to sleep the whole gang plus the family pup! We have some houses closer to the lake, some closer to town, some away from town, and even some near Snow Summit! I know, having a cabin is one thing, but having an enjoyable cabin is another! That's why some of our houses offer game rooms with pool or Foosball tables and hot tubs of all shapes and sizes! Now I understand that I may be talking this up too much for you to believe, right? Wrong! Check out our website and see for yourself! or give us a call at 1(800)363-8303 We are here every day of the week to help you decide on the perfect cabin for you and your families needs. Looking forward to helping you create memories and have an amazing stay in our great little town!
                                                                   Danyel @ Gold Rush

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Upcoming Trout Classic Tournament

This weekend coming up - Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th, The Big Bear Lake Municipal Water District will be sponsoring the annual Hall Family May Trout Classic.
This tournament is an annual Big Bear event which, this year, will feature $8,000 in prizes and lots and lots of family fun.

Just before the event, there will be a "fish plant" in which live trout from a trout farm will be brought up to the lake and placed in the lake for the weekend's festivities, guaranteeing that there will be great fish ready to be caught!

There is an entrance fee and kids under 16 would be free with a paid adult entrant.
Each entrant will receive a hat and an invite to the awards ceremony that will take place on Sunday afternoon.

You can find out more information and download an application form on our Municipal Water District website at: 

So come on up and get in on the fun!  And hey....if you're looking for a place to stay for the weekend.....Gold Rush Resort Rentals has cabins available!  You can even take advantage of our special pricing for the weekend which would consist of a percentage off the base rate or a free night even!  Visit the website at or give us a call at:  800-363-8303 or 909-866-5678 and one of our friendly reservation specialists will be more than happy to help you find just the right cabin!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hiking in Big Bear

Trying to figure out what to do next?  Well, here in the Big Bear Valley, we are surrounded by acres and acres of National Forest land - actually over a million acres!  We have all levels of hiking trails from a very easy, self-guided, interpretive trail, to several difficult trails, to sections of the Pacific Crest Trail meandering throughout the Valley.

Also, as mentioned in a previous blog, there is a very easy hike sponsored by our local Big Bear Lake Discovery Center that takes place on weekends - originating at the center and taking only about 30 minutes.  A great place to get started on learning about our local flora and fauna.

Next in difficulty would be the Woodland Trail, which is an easy 1.5 mile loop trail just east of the Discovery Center.. It is a good trail for the beginning hiker, old, young or in-between! You pick up a brochure at the beginning of the trail and, at your leisure, match the numbers on the various posts to the number in your brochure and you can gain all kinds of knowledge on the botany, geology and wildlife of our mountain area.  You also get some fantastic views of different points of the surrounding mountains and the lake.

Four of our other, more popular trails: Castle Rock, Cougar Crest, Gray's Peak and Pineknot Trail are listed as "moderate to difficult".  The Sugarloaf National Recreational Trail is a longer, more difficult trail - listed as "difficult". And of course the Pacific Crest Trail that goes from Canada to Mexico, winds through our Valley on it's way north or south!

Information on any of our hiking trails can be found at the Discovery Center or the Forest Service office, both of which are on the North Shore of the lake.  They have hiking maps and all kinds of good information on hiking Big Bear.  You can also access their information on the web at:

You can bring along your furry family member(s) as well!  Just make sure you pick up after them and keep them on leash!  Once you decide on conquering one of our trails, be sure to take lots of pictures and "pack out what you pack in"!  Respect our forest and take care of it for future hikers!  Happy hiking!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More Goings On in Big Bear

The Big Bear Lake Discovery Center, located on the north side of the lake, offers all kinds of different activities during the year.  Most of which are free!

Most every weekend there are nature walks taking place at different times on Saturdays and Sundays, early afternoon.  These easy walks originate at the Discovery Center and take about 30 minutes.  You will learn about local plant life, wildlife and interesting historical facts. 

Usually taking place on Saturdays as well, are  classes offering nature  crafts and a story time hour for the kids.

Because it's spring, there is also a "Wildflower Walk" at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve, which is a wonderful place for wildflower viewing.  The Reserve is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on weekends.  There is a guided walk at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday April 30th.    The Reserve is down the road from the Discovery Center, located on Highway 18 just east of Holcomb Valley Rd.

Visit the Discovery Center website at:
And their calendar of events at:

The Big Bear Lake Discovery Center is an awesome resource for  information and fun! So plan on a visit to the north side of the lake, next time you're in Big Bear!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Lake is Open! Miss Liberty Paddleboat Tours Season Opener! This Weekend!

Big Bear isn't just about winter sports, folks!  We do have hiking, mountain biking, off roading adventures, "Music in the Mountains" concerts (more on that later!), peace and quiet, clear blue skies  ..... and of course, our lake! 

Many of you might not know that our lake is closed during the winter because several of our national birds, the bald eagle, call our lake home during winter months.  The lake is closed to boating activities then, to give them plenty of room and peace and quiet to fish, nest and live away from the colder areas that they frequent during the non winter months.

But back to our lake and summer activities!!
This Saturday, April 23, the premier tour boat of Big Bear Lake, the "Miss Liberty"

will be kicking off the season with a special "kick-off" tour which included specials on finger foods, snacks, beer and wine.  They will also be having drawings for prizes and Miss Liberty tour tickets. 

You need to have a reservation and purchase a ticket to participate in the tour. 

Tours are offered all Spring, Summer and Fall seasons - weather permitting, of course!

You can purchase tickets and  see more information on tour times and special tours offered by visiting their website at:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

You Need to See This!

Howdy Partners!

You really need to see what's been going on in our "Gold Rush Mining Adventures and Gift Emporium" store!  We've been adding and changing things left and right! Aside from offering over 700 different products here in the store, the look and feel of our store is changing also!
We've added plenty of the most beauteous jewelry and trinkets you could ever imagine!  We even have "Unicorn Eggs"

"Mermaid Tears"

 Mermaid "Current-Sea"

"Magical Sea Horse Eggs"

 and "Pirate's Booty"

- just to name a few of our new items!  You'll just have to come on in and check us out real soon!

Watch our Blog for more pictures and information - coming soon!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

El Nino

What exactly is an "El Nino" anyways? It's been the talk of the year and personally, I don't think it was much of anything special or extraordinary, considering we've only gotten like two good storms that left significant snow and next to no rain... however it is only March... Well, I decided to do some research and this is what I found: El Nino, in Spanish, refers to the "Child Jesus" due to the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean that are warmest during Christmas time. The opposite of El Nino is La Nina which stands for "the girl child". El Nino effects both temperature and rainfall, globally. El Nino is the cycles of warm and cold air, measured by sea surface temperature, off the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. El Nino is short for El Nino Southern Oscillation (aka ENSO). El Nino is a prolonged warming of the Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures that leads to warmer than normal temperatures and typically, more than usual rainfall. Usually, El Nino happens in irregular intervals of anywhere between two to seven years and can last anywhere from nine months to two years! When it lasts for only seven to nine months, it is considered "El Nino Conditions" and when it lasts longer than that, it is considered an "El Nino Episode". The first signs of an El NiƱo are a weakening of the Walker circulation or trade winds and strengthening of the Hadley circulation. -Rise in surface pressure over the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, and Australia -Fall in air pressure over Tahiti and the rest of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean -Trade winds in the south Pacific weaken or head east -Warm air rises near Peru, causing rain in the northern Peruvian deserts In a nutshell, El Nino is supposed to bring us warmer and wetter days. It is completely natural and makes up for drought years. So I say, bring on the rain!!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Gourmet Personal Chef (Chef Allan)

Treat yourself to the best in gourmet meals without the stress of preparation. You can relax & enjoy the feast and companionship of your friends, family & guests, knowing that every aspect has been efficiently handled by a Professional Gourmet Chef.
With one phone call to Chef Allan, all the arrangements from menu planning to food preparation through clean up are handled for you.
Chef Allan takes care of every aspect of your special event while you relax and enjoy your own party.
From family dinners to holiday parties, barbecues to special events, wedding rehearsal dinners to post reception, Superbowl to world series parties and corporate events, Chef Allan is sure to exceed your expectations and blow you away with every bite!
It's not just dinners, he can do breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, all in the comfort of your own home!
It truly is a taste of excellence!

Chef Allan’s mouth-watering meals please the eye and warm the soul. His charismatic personality makes people feel special, and his natural down to earth style is refreshing and appealing. You can experience Chef Allan’s passion for food in the comfort of your own home. 
Imagine all the effort that would be required if you planned your own Dinner Party. You write your guest list, decide on a menu for your special evening - and that’s the easy part. Now you must write a shopping list, do the shopping, set the table, arrange a centerpiece, prepare all the ingredients, get everything into the oven - and don’t forget to get yourself ready before your guests arrive.
With one phone call to Chef Allan, all the arrangements, coordination, the shopping, extra chairs, table linens, how to arrange the room, centerpieces, setting the table, all the cooking, serving, and clean-up afterwards is done. Chef Allan takes care of every aspect of your special event while you relax and enjoy your own party.
Chef Allan provides you with the highest quality cuisine, prepared from the finest ingredients, served delightfully from the first hors-d’oeuvre to the fabulous dessert! You can almost feel the love that went into preparing each and every meal because Chef Allan loves cooking.
Always remember, with Chef Allan, “Personal Chef” means personal service. Chef Allan is always delighted to prepare tasty meals to any dietary requirement, cook a favorite dish, design a custom menu, and makes child-friendly food guaranteed to delight the most finicky appetite. Chef Allan also accommodates unique time schedules and special circumstances, when only the most exacting service will do.

Take a look at Chef Allan's extensive menu and give him a call today! (909)547-6134 or (909)827-4558