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RS Vacations wants to remind you that other than the professional show over the lake, ABSOLUTELY NO fireworks are allowed in Big Bear due to extremely high fire danger. Please don’t risk the loss of our homes! Thank you!!

Independence Day is almost here, and America loves to celebrate with fireworks. Here are a few fun facts about fireworks that you may not know.

1. The Founding Fathers were fans

Fireworks have been around since the days of ancient China. But their history in the United States is far-reaching, too. Right after the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress, John Adams, in 1776, wrote to his wife that America’s independence “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Illuminations, of course, meant fireworks.

The only catch was that Adams was two days off on his recommendations of when Independence Day would be celebrated. He predicted a holiday date of July 2, the day a closed session of Congress approved the resolution of independence. Instead, the country went with July 4, the date on the Declaration of Independence.

2. Chemicals create colors

Ever wondered why some fireworks are blue and others are red? It’s all in the chemicals. Copper produces blue sparks, while a mix of salts and other substances make red. Barium yields a green glow, and sodium burns yellow.

3. America doesn’t hold the record

Americans’ love their fireworks, but the biggest display ever took place in Portugal in December 2006. In 37 launch sites spread across the island of Madeira pyrotechnics experts set off no less than 66,326 individual fireworks. In fact, Madeira snagged a Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display in the world that year.

4. Playing with fire isn’t the safest way to celebrate

As much fun as they are, fireworks are, well, kind of dangerous. In July 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded at least 6,300 fireworks-related injuries. About 1,200 were caused by handheld sparklers, while 400 were the fault of bottle rockets. Hands and fingers were most frequently injured.

5. Fireworks are more fun with math

Just as you see a flash of lightning before you hear the thunder, you’ll notice fireworks lighting up the sky before you hear their echoing booms. That’s because light travels about a million times faster than sound. Use this knowledge to your advantage to calculate how far you are from the explosions: As soon as you see a flash, count the seconds until the “boom.” Divide by three to get the distance between you and the patriotic pyrotechnics in kilometers.

Courtesy of: Live Science – Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

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Mountain Hideaway

 

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Mountain Hideaway = Fun and Relaxation for the whole family!

This fantastic, 3 bedroom, 3 bath mountain cabin is located in the upper Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake. Close enough to all the action for convenience, yet far enough away to be able to experience absolute stillness. Beautiful! The home has parking for 3 cars and features warm, mountain decor throughout.

You enter on the first floor of Mountain Hideaway. Here you will find 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms. The Master Bedroom features a comfortable Queen Bed, Flat Screen TV w/ Cable and Blu-Ray Player, and a slider to your own private Deck that leads to the treed backyard. The gorgeous, newly remodeled, attached, private Bathroom has two vanities with a brand new jetted tub and separate steam shower. This bathroom is fantastic and the ultimate relaxation after a day on the slopes or lake!! Guest Bedroom 1 also has a Queen Bed, Flat Screen TV w/ Cable and Blu-Ray, and has access to a shared Full Bathroom. In Guest Bedroom 2 you will find Twin Bunk Beds and a separate Twin Bed as well. This room also has access to the shared Bathroom.

Venture upstairs to the main Living Area and you will find the perfect place to relax, gather and have fun. The second floor boasts vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows with beautiful views, along with more lovely, mountain decor. To your left you will find a cozy Living Room area with a comfy sleeper sofa & loveseat, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Flat Screen TV w/ Cable, Blu-Ray & WiFi. When you are ready to “unplug”, there is also a table and chairs to enjoy the large selection of board games.

To the right is the Dining Room area with comfortable seating for 6 at the table plus 2 more at the bar. The large, Country Kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need to cook for the whole gang. From coffee maker to crock-pot, this kitchen has it all! Be sure to admire the beautiful views from the window over the sink!! Just off the kitchen is the Laundry Room with Full-Size Washer & Dryer for your convenience.

Straight back is a door to the spacious Deck. Barbeque, enjoy the fresh mountain air, or admire the spectacular views – including great views of Bear Mountain Ski Resort. There is also access down to the back yard; a lovely, serene space – the perfect place to see some wildlife and get in touch with nature or get competitive with a game of Horseshoes!

Back inside, are you ready to have some fun? Just off of the Living Room is the huge Game Room. Enjoy a game of Pool, challenge a friend to a game of Foosball or start an Air Hockey tournament. It’s up to you! Feel like watching the action instead? There is also plenty of seating for conversation and to sit and admire the pretty views. A Full Bathroom is located here as well.

Mountain Hideaway is a truly wonderful ‘home away from home’ for your family and friends and it really does have it all – For Entertainment: Pool Table, Air Hockey Table, Foosball Table, Board Games/Table and TV’s with Cable & Blu-Ray. For Relaxation: Spa-like Master Bathroom, Lovely views from all windows, Spacious Deck with Ski Resort views and a ‘woodsy’ Back Yard to enjoy the forest. All this plus you are only a few minutes from everything Big Bear has to offer.

Book today!!

Must be at least 23 to Book and Receive Keys – ID required for check in
Sorry, NO PETS ALLOWED
NO SMOKING INSIDE CABIN PER BIG BEAR CODE COMPLIANCE

Location: Moonridge Area of Big Bear Lake
Miles To: Snow Summit – 3 | Bear Mountain – 1.8 | Lake – 3.3 | Village – 4 | Forest – 1.5
Parking: Driveway Parking for 3 (No Garage Access)
Stats: 1900 Sq.Ft. | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms
Heating Type: Forced Air/Central
Fireplace: 1 – Wood Burning in Living Room
TVs: 3 Flat Screens – Living Room, Master Bedroom, Guest Room 1
Cable: Living Room, Master Bedroom, Guest Room 1
Video Players: 3 – BluRay/DVD with all TVs
Internet: WiFi
Kitchen: Refrigerator, Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker (Drip), Toaster, Blender, Crock-Pot, and more!
Laundry: Full size Washer & Dryer
Bed Setup: BR #1 (Master) – Queen | BR #2 – Queen | BR #3 – Twin Bunk Beds plus Twin Bed | Living Room – Queen Sleeper Sofa
Bathrooms: 3 – Master ensuite Full Bath w/ Steam Shower and Jetted Tub | Full Guest Bath | Full Bath by Game Room
Game Table(s): YES – In Game Room – Pool Table, Air Hockey, and Foosball
Spa: NO, but jetted tub in Master Bath
BBQ: 2 – Propane, Charcoal
Deck: YES – Seating, BBQs, and Forest/Bear Mountain Ski Resort Views
Yard: Seating and Professional Horseshoe Pit in woodsy yard
Notes: Somewhat steep driveway and there are quite a few stairs at this home

To get more information, check availability, and securely book online, click here. To see all of our available cabins, visit us at RSVacations.net.

Would you like to share this beautiful property with friends? Get the flyer >> Mountain Hideaway

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Since I’ve been focusing on Dads the past several days, here are five, fun, Father’s Day facts to finish off the week. Try saying that five times fast!!

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1. Experts believe the word “dad” dates back to the 16 century.

2. Neckties are the most popular gift for Father’s Day.

3. Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales.

4. In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the holiday on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, Father’s Day is observed on Dec. 5.

5. The Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one represents one who has passed away.

 

Happy Father’s Day!!

 

 

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The next year, a Spokane, Washington, woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.

Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. In other countries–especially in Europe and Latin America–fathers are honored on St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.

Courtesy of History.com

 

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We are looking forward to perfect summer weather in Big Bear Lake this week with highs in the mid-80’s and clear skies. Ideal weather for outdoor activities and BBQs with Dad on Father’s Day!!excellent-trout

As I have talked about all week, we have dozens of different activities available throughout our beautiful valley. Check out Tuesday’s post for ideas and links! This weekend we also have a few special events, so check those out below.

If you are planning a trip to the mountains, we invite you to book one of our wonderful cabins. We have the very best owners who love their cabins and enjoy sharing them with others so they can make lasting memories with their own families! RS Vacations offers clean cabins with a wide range of amenities and superior customer service. Book your Big Bear Getaway today!

 

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Weekend Events

 

Golden State Rally at Big Bear

Jun 15, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017

Hwy 101 Event Co. is pleased to provide the following initial details for an exciting, inaugural, three-day rally in Big Bear Lake, CA that kicks off the summer riding season.

We are anticipating over 700 motorcycle riders to participate and are expecting riders from CA, NV, and AZ. With the emphasis on ride, shop, dine and play in the Big Bear area, the Golden State Rally looks forward to introducing rally participants to all that the Big Bear Lake area has to offer. So, mark the date on your calendar and join us in the mountains.

Please call or visit website for more details

Location: The Lodge at Big Bear Lake Holiday Inn Resort at 40650 Village Drive
Contact: Tel: (760) 766-3307 Website: www.goldenstaterally.com

 

Team Big Bear Mountain Bike Shoot Out #2 at Snow Summit

Jun 17, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017

Team Big Bear presents Mountain Bike Racing with the Big Bear Shoot-Out #2
which is also the Kenda Cup XC #6, Kenda Cup Endurance #4, So Cal Enduro #7 and Snow Summit Downhill Series #2

For more details please visit website or call (909) 633-6729

Location: Registration/Start: Snow Summit Resort at 880 Summit Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 633-6729 Website: www.teambigbear.com

 

14th Annual Carp Round-Up at Big Bear Municipal Water District

Jun 17 – 18, 2017 | 07:00AM – 04:00PM

This two-day event is held once a year.  Two-person teams participate to catch as many carp as possible with either a pole or a bow to win cash. Prizes awarded in multiple categories including: 1st-3rd place shoreline team, 1st-3rd place boating team, biggest and smallest fish and more.  Enter a raffle to win a custom hunting bow.

CHECK-IN: Saturday starts 5:00 AM. All hunters must check-in

HUNTING TIMES:Saturday 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM ‘

AWARDS: Sunday, starts at 3:00 PM . Cash Prizes!!!

Visit website or call 909-866-5796 for more information.

Location: Big Bear Municipal Water District at 40524 Lakeview Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 866-5796 Website: www.bbmwd.com/carp-roundup/

 

“Mick Adams and The Stones” Rolling Stones Tribute at The Cave

Jun 17, 2017 | 06:30PM – 10:30PM

Named one of the top ten tribute bands in the world by Backstage 360 Magazine, Mick Adams and The Stones are an authentic recreation of The Rolling Stones, live in concert!

Endorsed by former Atlantic Records President, Jerry Greenberg, Ryan Seacrest and Mark Cuban, this band must be seen to be believed! According to Jerry, “It doesn’t get any closer than this!”Mick Adams and the Stones have been featured twice on National TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”This exciting seven piece, live recreation of The Stones in concert, features multiple costume changes, full choreography, and a media show.

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6:30 pm Concert starts at 8:00 pm. Call or visit website for more details.

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

 

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This is it! The final week of our SUPER SPRING SPECIALS at RS Vacations Big Bear. Take advantage of our already low, spring rates plus extra savings and bring Dad up to the mountains for the weekend getaway he deserves!! The weather will be amazing!

Head on over to RSVacations.net and book your spring Big Bear getaway today! Check out the details on our specials below. See you soon!

kayak2SPRING Special: 3 Nights for the Price of 2

Stay with us for 3 or more nights this spring and get ONE Night FREE!! Offer good on new reservations only and must stay between 3/28/17 and 6/22/17. Cannot be combined with any other discounts and lakefront homes are not included.

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SPRING Special: 50% off the 2nd Night

Stay with us for 2 Nights this spring and save 50% on the 2nd Night’s Rent! Offer good on new reservations only and must book and stay between 3/28/17 – 6/22/17. Cannot be combined with any other discounts and lakefront homes are not included.

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Yesterday I mused about dads and how it might be nice to surprise them with something really special this year for Father’s Day instead of getting them yet another tie. 😉 Well, today I will give you some ideas of what kind of fun you can have this weekend (and every summer/fall weekend) in Big Bear Lake. You will be amazed at how many different things to do there are in our little slice of heaven!

Don’t forget to check out our cabins at RSVacations.net! Rates are still at the off-season level (plus we still have specials!!), so there is no better time to treat Dad to a fun, mountain getaway!

 

Lake Activities

 

Fishing – He can bring gear to fish on his own, or you can treat him to a day with an expert fishing guide. Either way, he can grill up some fresh fish for dinner after a relaxing day of fishing!
Fish Big Bear

Boating – Pontoons, Fishing Boats, and Performance Boats – our local marinas have you covered for a day of fun out on the lake!waterskier
Big Bear Marina

Wakeboarding/Waterskiing/Tubing – Ready to get wet? No problem! Dad (and the rest of the family) will have a blast in the water!
Designated Wakesports

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddleboarding – If he likes to have fun and get a workout at the same time, there are plenty of places to rent these types of equipment.
Captain John’s Fawn Harbor

Parasailing – Perhaps Dad is an adrenaline junkie? Flying above the lake is sure to get his blood pumping!
Pine Knot Parasail

Jet-Skis/Wave-Runners – Everyone loves personal watercraft! Spend a few hours exploring the lake and have tons of fun, as well!
North Shore Landing

Lake Tours – Is he a history buff? Take Dad on a lake tour! We have two different tour boats – the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel and the ‘Time Bandit’ Pirate Ship.
Miss Liberty at Pine Knot Marina
Time Bandit Pirate Ship at Holloway’s Marina

 

Forest Activities

 

Sky Chair – The Sky Chair takes the work out of forest fun! Take a relaxing ride up the mountain, grab some lunch at the top, then hike, bike, or ride the chair back down.
Sky Chair at Snow Summit Resort

Mountain Biking – Big Bear has miles of trails, including fire roads and single-track. We also have the Snow Summit Bike Park which offers a variety of terrain for all levels ofSummitMountainBike dads!
Snow Summit Bike Park

Hiking – If Dad is a nature lover, a mountain hike is just the thing! Explore the forest and see all types of wildlife and vegetation.
Big Bear Discovery Center

Zipline/Tree Climbing – Adventure-seeking dads will love a zipline or tree climbing excursion where they can fly through the forest and over rocky canyons or rope climb one of our towering pines.
Action Tours

Horseback Riding – Does he love horses? Take him on a tour through the hills on horseback and view some gorgeous vistas.
Big Bear Equestrian Center
Baldwin Lake Stables

4 x 4 Off-Road Tours – Get off the beaten path and do some 4x4ing. Take an Off-Road Tour and give Dad a view of the back-country or let Dad do the driving on a self-drive tour. There are sunset tours, stargazer trips, and a few historical tours!
Big Bear Jeep Experience

Big Bear Off-Road Adventures

 

Around Town Activities

 

Helicopter Tours –  If Dad dreams of being in the air, this is the perfect way to tour the Big Bear Valley!
Helicopter Big Bear

golf in the mountains_0Golfing – He can enjoy the benefits of altitude on his swing and have a beautiful backdrop to play 9 holes at our local course.
Bear Mountain Golf Course

Alpine Slide/Water Slide – For the dad that just wants to have fun, a day at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain is a great way to cool off and have a blast!
Alpine & Water Slide at Magic Mountain

Go-Kart Racing – If he likes speed, take him to Big Bear Speedway and let him compete against the clock at up to 30 mph!
Big Bear Speedway

Escape Room or Scavenger Hunt – For dads that like to use their heads, try an escape room or scavenger hunt. Super fun!
Adventure Quest
Mountain Room Escapes

Bowling – Take him to the lanes for some indoor fun. Let him show of his bowling skills as he aims for 300!
Bowling Barn

Laser Tag/Arcade – Dad can recapture his youth at the Big Bear Funplex. All kinds of family fun in one place!
Big Bear Funplex

Zoo – If Dad is an animal lover, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is full of rescued animals that are local to our beautiful mountains.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Live Music/Nightlife – Take him out on the town and enjoy some live music and a variety of clubs and bars.
The Cave

 

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