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October Events in the High Desert

Autumn Basket Giveaway by High Desert Bloggers

Pumpkin Autumn Beauty

Fall finally arrived, and Victorville is starting it off with a festival called Celebrating the Spice of Life. It’s Saturday, October 3, from 10:00 am ’til 4 pm at the Victorville Civic Center. Admission, parking, and kids’ activities are free.

Western and country music enthusiasts, you’ll like the Mojave River Trail Days. That’s going on Saturday, October 3 (10 am – 5 pm), and Sunday, October 4 (10 am – 4 pm).

Wrightwood Day Trip

Inspiration Point near Wrightwood

Like chili and salsa? Wrightwood is having a Chili Cook-Off & Salsa event Saturday, October 3, 11:oo am ’til 3:00 pm. Go early and stop by The Village Grind for coffee and breakfast (they have the best breakfast sandwiches!).

Between tasting salsa and chili, take your family over to Beverly’s Books (check out the $1 room for Sunday visits). They have a great selection of books in all kinds of varieties. Take the time to shop at the Cedar Street Craftiques & Collectibles in town (incidentally, Cedar Lodge is located on the first floor if you decide to stay overnight).

lodging in Wrightwood, CA

Cedar Lodge, Wrightwood

Serious about blogging? High Desert Bloggers, a meetup.com group, is meeting Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. ’til 10:30 a.m. at the new Starbucks across from Costco in Victorville.

If you have an event you want posted on High Desert Blogging’s events page, email it to hdblogging@gmail.com.

 

R/C Glider Aircraft Fun Near Wrightwood

Living in So Cal’s High Desert has its benefits – like being at the mountains in less than an hour. Skiing is a common winter sport that draws tourists to nearby Wrightwood, but there are other fun activities in the mountain village to consider throughout the year. Take, for instance, radio control glider flying is a hobby that glider aircraft pilot Armando takes to the mountain to fly:

While eating our picnic lunch at Inspiration Point in Angeles National Forest, my husband and I became fascinated by a glider. Photographing and videoing the glider (at least attempting to as it zipped around), we were quite fascinated. At one point, a couple of birds seemed to be chasing the aircraft.

After it landed, we met Armando who had been doing the piloting. He explained thermals and how the glider works, showing us how to operate the controls. When asked what was one of the most interesting experiences he’s had with flying the aircraft, he said, “When a hawk chased the glider, attacked it at landing, and tore up the tail.” However, Armando said he was able to take it home and repair it.

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Gliders don’t have engines. A glider can gain altitude if a pocket of air rises (called an updraft) faster than the glider descends. Pockets of hot rising air are called thermals.

According to http://www.rc-airplane-world.com/beginner-rc-airplanes.html, most beginners to the hobby of R/C glider flying start with electric powered planes. The radio control glider aircraft sport is popular, and there are many types and varying prices to choose from. Learn more about how R/C gliders work at http://www.rc-airplane-world.com.

 

 

 

Paddle Auction – April 6th in Wrightwood – Fundraiser for Snowline Players!

PaddleAuctionApril 6thauction.jpgCome enjoy appetizers,baked goods,beverages, and shopping, all while being entertained by our expert auctioneer as he puts the shoppers in a frenzy!Admission is free!

Wrightwood Community Center 1275 State Hwy 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397

View items from 5:00 pm -6:00 pm, Auction begins at 6:00 pm

All proceeds from the auction go to support the Snowline Players, a non profit community theatre group, and their productions.

Battle of the Bands at The Village Grind in Wrightwood

The Village Grind, Wrightwood, CA

The Village Grind hosted Battle of the Bands in Wrightwood Saturday, April 7th.

The Village Grind is an espresso bar and cafe and also serves wine in The Wine Cellar. Unique, cool art for sale  is displayed on the walls inside the cafe. READ MORE »

High Desert “Bitter Honey” Music at Village Grind in the Wrightwood Mountains

Bitter Honey from Phelan

Need a little R&R for a day trip near the High Desert or Los Angeles? Wrightwood Mountains makes the perfect place for a family outing. Stop in at Wrightwood’s Village Grind for a latte, breakfast, or lunch. Go on a weekend, and you might get to hear a band playing at the Village Grind like High Desert Greg and I did today. High Desert’s Bitter Honey group entertained the many patrons visiting the coffee shop. Bitter Honey members Craig and Kim mingled with the guests during the music breaks, and they were a delight to meet.

Drive up to Inspiration Point at 7,385′ elevation that overlooks Blue Ridge, Pine Mountain, Mt. Baldy, Iron Mountain, Pine Mountain Ridge, and Mt. Baden Powell. It makes a great scenic view for photos. For instance, today Greg and I visited Inspiration Point and took photos of the snow on the mountains and ice on a tree. Though very windy, I tried videoing the view with my camera.

Wrightwood, CA Inspiration Point

Wrightwood is just over an hour from Los Angeles. In fact, while we were taking photos at Inspiration Point, I met a family there that had just arrived from Los Angeles. The man said the trip was about 90 miles. They pulled up just after we arrived, and their children were happy to be outside, running around, laughing. Mountain Hardware’s website suggests the following sites for families with children (and they all have restroom facilities!):

  • Inspiration Point
  • Grassy Hollow Visitor Center
  • Peavine Campground
  • Apple Tree Campground
  • Arch Picnic Area

Mark your calendar for next Saturday, April 7th, if you want a fun day of shopping and live bands  in Wrightwood. Bitter Honey is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Village Grind. Tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging from Angie and High Desert Greg. You’ll enjoy the food and coffee at Village Grind, and for any who watches the carbs, ask owners Greg and Linda about their blended or hot low-carb drinks with the heavy cream and sugar free syrups. They have about every flavor you can think of. If you request, you might even be able to order Linda’s specialty, the tasty Parmesan chips – and they are low carb chips to boot. Not watching low carbs? No worries. The Village Grind serves only delicious food from their menu. You’ll go home feeling like you truly experienced a day of R&R after a day of sight-seeing, shopping, music, and food in the town of Wrightwood.

 


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