I had the fortune to go on a two-day retreat earlier this year at UCLA’s conference center inÂ 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.Â This was the first work retreat I’d ever been to, and it was a beautiful adventure.
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.
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:
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.):
Dessert for lunch was Panna Cotta, which tasted so good we had to find out what exactly it was right then.
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.
I’m going to miss the awesome work and atmosphere at UCLA come August when I leave. :(