Okay. Before anything else, let’s get this stuff out of the way. If you happen to stumble upon my website, you’re probably wondering who I am and why I started a travel blog. Yes, it’s a known fact a million travel blogs exist out there. As cheesy as it may sound, I’ve finally gathered enough courage to follow my dreams. Travelling is one of my passions but not having an endless supply of funds doesn’t help my cause at all. I had two options either to stay at home and rage against having to work behind a desk that barely pays my bills or to find affordable ways to feed my wanderlust nature. I choose the latter.
A few weeks ago, my friend asked me to go to the mountains with her. I was hesitant, considering this was right after the holidays and my budget of $40 didn’t amount to much in the greater scheme of things. Somehow we got lucky and found a decent deal for Mt. Baldy. It was $20 each for a roundtrip lift ticket with an hour and a half of tubing. A day trip was completely within our budget. We live in LA which means it was just an hour away with traffic. Once we reached Mt. Baldy, we arrived a little before 8 am. I have to warn you, be early or deal with extremely long lines and don’t dare use the portable toilets even if your life depended on it. Trust me. They do have restrooms right before the stairs heading to the ski lift.
Okay, let’s talk about their ski lifts. Is it just me or does Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags seem more bearable than going through those 15 minutes of pure chairlift terror? It completely stops midway with at least 20 mph of howling wind. And at around 7200 ft. with nothing beneath us, the staff asked us to lift the bar up leaving us with absolutely no protection if we happen to fall off to the ends of the earth. Somehow we survived the traumatizing ordeal. Yay!
The tubing experience itself was fun. A lot of people complained about having to drag the snow tube back up the hill. It didn’t bother me at all. It helps to have snow pants. They do keep you warm. I use Arctix and please note that sizes tend to run bigger which I prefer because I wear thermal underneath my snow pants. It’s lightweight and not too bulky and has additional pockets. The boot zippers are convenient for easy access.
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The temperature started to drop by late afternoon. Luckily, my friend brought a pocket stove and pot with her, boiled water and made hot chocolate. We topped it off with marshmallows and ate beef jerky for the win. It ended up being an enjoyable day in the mountains and within our budget. Even if it was only a day trip, it was enough to energize us for the week ahead.