Fog settles on the banks of Lake Arrowhead.
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Lake Arrowhead

I had the fortune to go on a two-day retreat earlier this year at UCLA’s conference center in Lake Arrowhead. It lies on the San Berdardino mountains- in fact, Big Bear, a well-known ski spot, is accessible if you take the other turn up the fork along the drive up. This was the first work retreat I’d ever been to, and it was a beautiful adventure.

Welcome board at UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

Bruin bears at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

Map and key cards at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

There are two bedrooms per chalet, and we were surprised when it turned out that each bedroom was on its own floor! Frankly, that’s too much space for me; it actually felt lonely having that much space all to myself; we even had our own bathrooms. But the luxury of it all was pretty damn awesome.

Bedroom in the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead.

Bedroom in the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead.My bedroom was on the first floor because I’m lazy and don’t like to climb stairs.

View from the room at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.View from my chalet the next morning. It was a foggy January.

Part of our assignment was to go out and get some sample photos for the project we were working on. Deb, Jac, and I clumped and set out with our dSLRs:

Deb by the shore in Lake Arrowhead.Deb by the shore.

Jac walking down a path in the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead. Jac’s fiery hair a contrast against the evergreens.

Roof tiles at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.I have always been fascinated by tiled roofs- it’s something I’d only ever read about in story books when I was a child.

Meetings at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.Not forgetting about work!

Pantone postcards.Jeff brought over a box of beautiful Pantone postcards! Deb and I were like vultures over them.

The experience at the dining hall of the conference center was note-worthy, not only for its dining ware, but also for the sheer extravagance of multiple courses for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was buffet, and I gorged myself on scrambled eggs (plus the novelty of scrambled egg whites, what.):

Bruin pewter plate at the dining hall in UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.Look at all those silverware. Fancy dining was fancy.

Panna Cotta for dessert in the dining hall of UCLA's Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.Dessert for lunch was Panna Cotta, which tasted so good we had to find out what exactly it was right then.

Fitz photobombing Jac and her bowl of fruit.

Fitz photobombing Jac and her bowl of fruit.Fitz was adamant about photobombing Jac’s celebration of a bowl of fruit found outside the dining hall.

On the last day, a few of us decided to stop by the Lake Arrowhead Village on the way down the mountain. It was incredibly foggy, which made for mystery at the docks.

Fog settles on the banks of Lake Arrowhead.

Fog settles on the banks of Lake Arrowhead.

Ducks by the shore of Lake Arrowhead.

Fog over Lake Arrowhead.

Group photo before the fog at Lake Arrowhead.A group photo with a heavy blanket of fog obscuring the detail in the background.

Driving in the fog down Lake Arrowhead.And just to prove my point, a picture from the drive down Lake Arrowhead with Amy probably wishing she had laser eyes to cut through the fog.

I’m going to miss the awesome work and atmosphere at UCLA come August when I leave. :(

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