The Ladies of Big Bear High School 1968-1975
meet every year the weekend after Memorial Day in
Big Bear Lake/Fawnskin, California.
One Summer when I was 10 years old my “Mimi” took me by the hand and said “Charleen, I want you to meet another little girl your age”. Her name was Marian and we have stayed in contact every year since graduating in 1971. Our children and grandchildren know each other and laugh about our giggling. Distance did not come between us. Marriages, divorces and deaths brought us closer in our hearts. Secrets only friends can understand and share. Years together brought another and then another until now the gang is all together. The feeling one receives when the wind wipes across ones face and comes alive. A whiff or a smell may trigger a memory once buried bringing a smile to a long lived face. Eyes dancing with laughter, tears rolling down a face and never forgetting the Angels that have passed ahead of us. As we become antiques and dust the cobwebs, we share stories about the ones that won’t become. And even though the States part us we remain the same. Snail mail has been replaced with internet so we have no more excuses.
As the waves wash our writings in the sand away our memories float in our daily busy lives. A tear may fall down our cheek but the wind finds our laughter uniting us once again. Seasons change but friends remain the same. Some have gone up above but others we will find. Friends and family are a gift from God and we have planted the seed in our children for future generations to follow. Many blessings to each of you BEAR BEAUTIES and UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN… Charleen 2009
History of Big Bear Lake, California
Known first by the Serrano Indian name Yuhaviat, Big Bear Lake, California received its striking title by Benjamin Davis Wilson, an esteemed California statesman and advocate of Native American rights. First visiting the area in 1845, Wilson was surprised to find an immense grizzly bear population, inspiring him to suggest the name. While Wilson only found bears, many Southern California prospectors found something else entirely: gold.
The discovery of gold in Big Bear Lake around 1860 resulted in the largest gold rush in the state’s history, and within a matter of months Big Bear was the latest, greatest boomtown. Shops, restaurants and hotels were built, and by 1949 Big Bear was one of the leading ski resorts in Southern California.
Even though the gold rush is long gone, people the world over still find reason to come to Big Bear all year-long. If not for the incredible snow sports, hiking, bird watching and boating, many people visit just for the glorious scenery. Hollywood, for instance, has returned time and again to film in Big Bear Valley. The famous musical “Paint Your Wagon” as well as “The Parent Trap” , “Kissin Cousins” and episodes of “Bonanza” were all filmed here and many more. (See Cedar Lake pictures)
And each June the town is swarming with the Bear Beauties….