“You haven’t lived until you’ve died in California.”
– Mort Sahl
In southern California you can ski in the morning, lounge in the sun in the afternoon and be surfing at sunset. Taking the easy option, we arrived at Big Bear in the San Bernardino mountains the evening before. A half day ski pass is less than $50 and the resort has two of the world’s biggest snow making machines. An excellent chair lift system and some terrific descents meant that by noon we had covered several miles of piste. It took us over half an hour to get down the mountain and into our hired SUV. We took the main route on Highway 330 and Highway 18 via Running Springs, and arrived in downtown Palm Springs just after 2. With an average of 350 sunny days per year, Palm Springs almost guarantees you sunshine. We had a long leisurely lunch at Miro’s on South Palm Canyon Drive, where mountains in the background and lush palm trees in the foreground provided the perfect setting for stylish Mediterranean cuisine. An impressive AWE 109E Power to Huntington Beach courtesy of a friendly executive helicopter company whisked us to Huntington Beach. By 4.15 we were on the beach. Huntington Beach boast 8.5 miles of sand and some of the best surf in southern California. To be honest, that Wednesday the waves were a bit of a disappointment, but dinner at Duke’s on the Pacific Coast Highway with its fabulous views and Hawaiian beach house more than made up for it.