It’s Week 1/15 of Semester 6/8 and it’s finally starting to hit that I only have a year and a half left before I have to face the real world and that is kind of a scary thought… So to keep up with my newly found taste for adventure (acquired when I studied abroad), I made sure to stay busy this winter break! To kick it off, I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Big Bear with one of my friends from high school whose friend from college had a free house for us to stay at! At 11am she called and asked if I wanted to go and at 2pm we were already on the road for our 3 hour drive to Big Bear. We ended up staying for 3 days and 2 nights and it was the perfect way to kick off my winter break. I had never been to Big Bear and even though we didn’t hit the slopes, we still explored the town and got some quality relaxing in while we were there.
Next on the calendar was not only Christmas Eve but also my best friend’s 21st birthday! After all of the holiday (and birthday) festivities I was ready to just relax for a few days. Well, all I really had was one day because my friends and I were headed to South Lake Tahoe (about a 6 hour drive from my hometown) for Snow Globe – a 3 day outdoor music festival in SLT that ends on NYE. On the 27th, I spent the day making sure that I had the right snow clothes and that we had enough food and snacks so that we wouldn’t have to eat out during our trip. We were staying with a friend for free and we brought all pre-cooked meals so we saved a lot of money (much needed after the holidays). As promised in my last blog, Festies and Concerts, I will give you all a brief review of Snow Globe: AMAZING.
I was never a big fan of EDM music but after this festival, I’m hooked. My favorite sets would have to be Odesza (perfect choice to ring in the new year), The Chainsmokers, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. When you think of a music festival in California, you normally think of Coachella, Beyond Wonderland, or Hard Summer (all in the spring/summer) where the weather is sunny and warm, but the high temps at Snow Globe were in the 30’s and since the sun was down most of the time, temps were more often below freezing. That was part of why I loved this festival so much. Some people got creative with their outfits and when you were in the crowd, you couldn’t even feel the cold (yes I was sweating at one point on NYE). I would 10/10 recommend going if you like the lineup because I LOVED it and I wasn’t even very familiar with the lineup beforehand.
Well after being in South Lake Tahoe for 4 days, you’d think I would be ready for a break but the day after I got back to Bakersfield, I woke up at 7am and headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. Don’t get me wrong – as I was laying in bed at 7:15 asking my mom for 5 more minutes (I haven’t done that since high school…) I genuinely considered skipping the 4 hours total of driving (and consequently the game), but I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity so I got my butt out of bed and went. And as I’m sure you’re fully aware, the game did not disappoint. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a rollercoaster of emotions as I did watching that game, but as I watched the ball being kicked toward my end of the field, I waited for the refs to put their hands up and once they did I was in a sea of cheers (and a few tears). That game was truly amazing to watch and I can’t believe I witnessed that history in person!!
Now that classes are back, I’m excited to see what this semester holds! I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about Coachella. I’ll be camping which should prove to lead to an interesting blog. Follow me on Insta at @briajamison!!