June Lake is now one of my most favorite places to visit! It is a quaint little town nestled in the mountains about 20 minutes from Mammoth, California. This years Valentine’s Day was spent with my precious little family tucked away in a cabin in the woods sipping warm drinks, making smore’s and lots of new memories! (I saved all the family photos for the end, so scroll down if you just want to skip any boring stuff).
Now to recap how Traveling To June Lake, CA went, which did not start off too pleasantly. First the air condition in my car stopped working. I know, it’s winter- and you are probably laughing about that but I assure you driving through the 80 degree desert in California with two little ones is not going to be much fun without air condition in the car.
The long drive extended into an extra two hours of errands and fixing the car the morning we were leaving. We were all packed up and ready to roll, and start our 8 hour drive with a baby and three year old! Ahhh!
We started off by fixing the ac, getting gas, cash, and flea medicine for the dog before his weekend slumber party at the grandparents house. My amazing “mister fix anything” husband worked on the car for about an hour – and TaDa! We have air condition! Now, time to go…
Our journey looked about like this the entire way. Nothing around and a lot of dead plants. And for some reason that was magically beautiful and peaceful. The boys did great on the drive playing and watching movies and surprising- it was a nice smooth drive there.
If you take this drive I highly suggest stopping in Bishop and eating at HOLY SMOKE TEXAS STYLE BBQ. Unbelievably good southern comfort food! We hit it up on our way home and our bellies were very grateful.
One of our random pull to the side of the road and feed the baby asap moments landed us at this Indian Wells landmark. This Indian Water Hole was the first water in site found in 1849 after five days of travel. I can not even begin to imagine traveling through the desert in the 1800’s by stage coach not knowing what is over- or even how to get around the desert mountains.
And now to our destination…
We stayed in a friends cozy little cabin in the woods. Chase had such a great experience with the little bits of snow, pine cone treasures to be found, and exploring the woods with daddy.
Our first morning in June Lake was Valentine’s Day. We had breakfast at the resort restaurant nearby. They have a spa and fitness center that I wish I checked out, but I had more fun practicing yoga every afternoon on the front deck. After breakfast we visited Mammoth and walked the village for the afternoon before heading to do some grocery shopping. Valentine’s Dinner was spent at a local restaurant that served an all-you-can eat pizza buffet. The boys were stoked about that one:-)
The next day we bought a sled and headed to a small sledding mountain about 10 minutes away from June Lake. Chase and Curren’s first sledding experience!
Where there is snow, there are snow angels made!
After sledding Chase and daddy built a snowman. Funny that Chase kept asking the rest of the trip “where is my snowman?”
The ride home was a little rougher with the elevation decrease, but totally worth the drive. A little cabin in the woods vacation is checked off the list! Where to next?!