My Pick of the Day July 3, 2014 ~ Tour Day

Today’s pick of the day is 479 State Hwy 173 in Lake Arrowhead. Priced at $525,000. This 1944 Cabin sits on the hwy, has some views of the lake and… comes with a New MJS Single Slip trex dock with Permanent Aluminum Awning! This cute, charming cabin does need some updating on the inside (and that’s my opinion), but at this price, with the dock and the 2 car garage… It is the perfect package and could be turned into a stunning mountain home!

Here are a few pics form the listing and also the link to

Remember to call or email me for a showing or for more details on this Pick of the Day!




This is how CRESTLINE does SUMMER! A look into their summer events…

Take a look at what I captured this morning along Lake Gregory Drive!


I happen to drive by the Lake this morning and had to stop and snap a couple pictures.  I have blogged about all but two of these events (Run Through the Pines and Library Reading Program), you will find the link to the blog under the pictures.  This is an example of how great Crestline is and how much they care about the community!  🙂

IMG_8951A Run Through the Pines August 9

IMG_8947Summer Day Camp

IMG_89461st Annual Run to the Lake Car & Bike Show ~ August 23,2014

IMG_8945Jamboree Days ~ July 5, 2014 ( I will be walking in the event with Search and Rescue)

IMG_8943Wine and Stein ~ First Saturday of the Month

IMG_8941Fishing Derby ~ July 12, 2014

IMG_8944Summer Reading Program

IMG_8953IMG_8950IMG_8949Here is a few shots of Lake Gregory and the new Splash Island!

Have a safe and happy Summer, see you and many of these events!




What is that Blue Tower in the Middle of Lake Arrowhead?

Have you ever wondered what that Blue Tower is in the middle of Lake Arrowhead?

Here is a little history on “The Tower.”  A recent article was published in the Lake Arrowhead Update Spring 2014, provided by the Mountain News, here is what it said.

The blue tower that stands in the middle of Lake Arrowhead was built in 1908 by Los Angeles-based contractor Arthur S. Bent. The initial purpose of the tower was to release water for irrigation of crops in the San Bernardino Valley.
The tower, which stands 43 feet above the water when the lake is full, is located approximately 500 feet off Eagle Point in 145 feet of water, according to the original contour map of the lake bottom in that area.
The reinforced concrete structure was completed and dedicated on July 5, 1908.
One hundred years later, the Arrowhead Lake Association and the Rim of the World Historical Society held a birthday celebration for the tower, complete with cake for boaters who passed by the tower on the lake.
In her book, Saga of the San Bernardinos, the late historian Pauliena LaFuze wrote, “The Outlet Tower, at the portal of Tunnel #1 in Little Bear, was presented to the Arrowhead Reservoir and Power Company by Contractor Bent on July 5th [1908] complete even to pre-cast brackets for an outside, outward facing ladder to the control room on top.
“It was a giant poured-concrete cylinder with screened inlets at 20-foot intervals in a circular pattern, set on a 31-foot square six-foot-thick slab, resting on bedrock. The tower was 17 feet across the walls of two foot thickness, tapering at the 109-foot level to a 13-foot diameter and 15 inches of thickness.
“It stood 195 feet above the lake bed, 178 feet above the tunnel level. The reservoir could now be allowed to fill.”
At the time, the tower was the tallest concrete water tower in the world.
In one of his “Mountain Mileposts” columns, historian Russ Keller quoted from a 1910 issue of Technical World magazine: “At the lower extremity of this 880-acre basin there has been built, at a cost of $40,000, a huge outlet water tower which is unique in engineering records, to say the least. The tower is built entirely of concrete, 195 feet in height; walls two feet thick up to the 125-foot mark where they taper to 15 inches, with an outside diameter of 13 feet throughout, and the walls reinforced with three-fourths inch twisted bars.
“The construction work was in progress all of last winter, the concrete being kept from freezing as it was put in by a fire that was continually kept going inside the tower. A coffer dam held the water back until the work was of sufficient height.”
The article goes on to say that the tower was “completed after six months of hard work” and that by the time the project is completed “millions of dollars will have been expended.”
Construction engineers were F. E. Trask and F. C. Finkle. Colton Portland Cement was used exclusively. The tower was considered one of the finest pieces of concrete work in the country.
The tower has been designated Cultural Landmark #8 by the Rim of the World Historical Society. A dedication plaque is located at the Lake Arrowhead marina, where visitors can take a closer look at the tower through a telescope that has been placed there.

Sources: What Is It, Ralph Wagner; Saga of the San Bernardinos, Pauliena LaFuze; “Mountain Mileposts,” Russ Keller

These two picture were taken by yours truly, Michelle Calkins:


Arial Pic provided by Olympus Air:


If you have ever been to Lake Arrowhead then chances are you have seen the “Queen!”  Oh no, we don’t have a real Queen up here, I am talking about the big beautiful white boat on the lake called the queen.

She can be found on the lake sitting in front of the Belgian Waffle Works Restaurant or touring on the water.  While aboard the 1 hour tour, one of the captains provides a historical tour of Lake Arrowhead.  I have personally been on the queen multiple times and love taking family and friends for the ride.  I find that the guided tour is so informative and I still manage to learn something new every time.  You will hear about how the lake was formed, what Bugsy Siegel has to do with this town and maybe even see a couple homes to the stars.

Did you know that Priscilla Presley had a home up here and Howard Hues used to land his water plane in our lake?  Well, those are a couple examples of the stories that make this one hour tour so much fun!

My little hint… you can bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer aboard, and if you forget the wine opener, don’t worry they have one! 😉

Here are ticket prices that I pulled directly from their web-site:


$16 per adult
$14 per senior (60 and older)
$12 per child (12 and under).

Winter business hours start at 11:00A.M weekends and 11:00A.M weekdays and end at 3:30P.M.

Summer business hours are consistently 11:00A.M thru 5:00P.M.

Arrowhead Queen Private Charter Rates: Call for Rates (909) 336 – 6992

Groups of 15 or more $10.00 each Monday-Friday ONLY


For more info onthe queen, visit their website: