We took a ride yesterday afternoon, up to Holcomb Valley. It's an area on National Forest Service Land that was the site of a gold-rush boomtown in the 1860s, even earlier than here in Bear Valley. Just a few old building sites and ruins and graves remain. It's high and quiet and remote. The Forest Service roads above Big Bear are rough gravel, and they close them on Nov 1 for the winter, so we were happy to get this drive in yet this season. It's so pretty back up there, I felt like I was transported to a different time and place! It's hard to imagine what the life of a pioneer must have been like.