The Sharp fire in Wrightwood is finally out, even though others have taken its place not far away. I took this shot a couple blocks from my home. We were quite worried about the cabins because they are in the neighborhood that was in the most danger. With guests coming for a wedding (the mother of the bride!), we had to sweet talk CHP into letting them into the neighborhood, which was basically on lock-down and high alert, requiring proof of residency to enter. We were also worried about our new cabin, just purchased and not yet insured! We personally took in friends and a litter of puppies that had to be evacuated. Luckily our cabin guests were able to still have & enjoy their wedding weekend here in Wrightwood, and life has returned to normal. Such events do bring the community together as everyone gathers to watch the helicopters work and to discuss the latest fire updates. I'll never forget how that mountain peak looked at night, with the many spots of burning fire like hot red lava flowing down a volcano. An amazing event but I'm glad it's over!
Where are the "Before" shots? Use your imagination. I never took a photo of how stained the light carpet was becoming because I didn't want a reminder! But we are very pleased with our DIY job, laying the limestone entry (thanks, ReStore, for the recycled custom tiles!) and bamboo hardwood floor in the living area. Only took us 2 days (why didn't we do this sooner?). As we have time, we plan to continue the upgrades, making Little Pines a cozy but contemporary Wrightwood cabin with designer touches along a global-travel theme.
Seeing spots? We were, and we know our Little Pines cabin guests were, too. That light carpet that was installed just a couple years ago (right before we bought the place) was a bad decision for a ski town. We knew then that this day would come when we'd violently rip out that mottled mess and replace it with hardwoods. Bamboo, of course, for it's environmental sustainability and its beauty (see our previous blog about visiting the factory in rural China). Such a fun DIY project because it's easy to see the dramatic progress as you work.
The event that changed our lives forever, the Wrightwood Annual Classic Car Show, is coming to town this Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
In the summer of 2009 we came up to camp near Wrightwood, and stopped to eat at the Car Show on our way back home to the flatlands. We'd been coming up to ski at Mountain High for a couple years and had dreamt of owning a little ski cabin but they were too expensive when we'd looked into it before the global financial crisis of 2008. At the Car Show we happened to sit next to a woman who worked with the Wrightwood Chamber, and we got to chatting about the town. She told us about how the real estate prices had crashed -- bad news for the town but good news to us.
When we got home we started looking at Wrightwood realty. Less than 48 hours later we went back up to look at properties, and even put in our first offer that day (unfortunately outbid). Within a couple weeks we were in escrow on our cabin, and the rest, as they say, is history. Since that day we've purchased two other homes in Wrightwood, one that we live in full time since we fell in love with the town too much to go back to the flatlands after our ski weekends, and another cabin that was just too good a deal to pass up.
So go to the Classic Car Show this weekend -- you never know, it could change your life!