Coffee House Crawl in the San Bernardino Mountains

I arrived back home last night after my event in Running Springs in time to finish building my pen for the infamous “Puppy Club.” I stumbled over early this am to find that two dedicated dog families showed up despite it being Mother’s Day.

The last two days have found me spending hours in some of the local coffee houses around the mountain. Respectively these have been the Bus Stop in Running Springs, EastSide Book Cafe in Big Bear City, and Amangela’s in the rustic beautiful town of Fawnskin!

Yesterday, I indulged with a tasty drink at the Bus Stop before my event and then dropped back by after the book signing to treat myself to their fabulous California salad. Ymmm! I also HAD to sample another one of their baked goodies and brought a snack back for the handsome man in my life.

Terri, the owner of the Bus Stop, filled me in on her journey. She has lived in Colorado, San Francisco, and Lake Arrowhead and has a team of fabulous bakers–one from the New York Culinary School–how about that for local talent?

Above: Terri (middle) and her team at the Bus Stop in Running Springs

Wouldn’t you know that I can’t hide out anywhere! Some Fawnskin Flyer readers from Big Bear dropped by the Bus Stop while I was there, making the stop as they traveled down the hill for a day of festivities.

The big news is the Mrs. Desert Hot Springs (Carol in the blue gown) and Young Miss Desert Hot Springs (Raven in the pink gown in the middle) stopped by to purchase Blessing of the Animals and What Animals Can Teach Us about Spirituality. We and had a long chat about life and adventures–and time flew. See the pageant scholarship page at

If you have not visited Zenna at the Enchanted Crystal in Running Springs (where the event was at) she has some great bath goodies in addition to her books, artwork by local artisans, jewelery, and other enchanted items.

Above: Zenna (owner of the Enchanted Crystal) & author Diana L Guerrero

Above: Diana & Zenna pose in the event room. The two actually met at an event in San Diego…which was funny considering Fawnskin & Running Springs are closer places to run into other mountain residents!

Being a book addict (technical term is bibliophile) I stopped by the Running Springs Library and rented some additional books on tape. Their Friends of the Library are having a sale on some great books through the end of the month. Drop by to support the little place on your trips up or down the mountain. They are smack in the middle of downtown Running Springs.

Today I caught up with a bunch of email at EastSide. Didn’t have much time to be social but when I got hungry I commuted back to town to have one of the great salads at Amangela’s. The place was packed. I still say they have the best deck on the mountain AND their ice tea is very yummy.

Amanda, Angela, and Jayme are asking for tips and hints from locals. They have a book and a pen so you can add comments to help them tighten up any areas they may need improvement. I’ve heard some of your comments so drop by and be supportive–and be nice!

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