Hopefully, by 7:30 in the evening you will be seated on the back deck of Morningstar waiting for the show to begin. If all goes well the drinks will be chilled, the seats will be comfortable and the evening breeze will softly welcome your presence. All at once, the sun begins to set and during the next 8 minutes the universe will put on a performance that silences all those in attendance. At its last moment the suns rays flicker across the water of the lake and its beams reach towards the heavens in what looks like an attempt to hold on if just for a few seconds more. Your imagination briefly wonders if the simultaneous sunrise in Australia i...s as breathtaking as the sunset in Big Bear, perhaps far, far away a few Aussie's are sitting on their back deck wondering the same thing. Thankfully enough for all of us, Mother Nature performs this miracle daily and each time those 8 minutes seem like the first real 8 minutes you've ever really had. Morningstar is a retreat for the best of times, a fantastic, roomy, three story home that was built to showcase the elements of mountain living. The windows are impressive, the fireplace in the living room is enticing and the deck is out of this world. The Jacuzzi is nestled beneath a grove of ancient pines and a wide-open sky. The unforgettable melodies of Bonnie Raitt twang through the stereo system and as you sit there you will find yourself wondering how you ever managed NOT being here. Once again the day begins to come to a close, after an afternoon of hiking, golf, snowboarding or shopping you will find yourself anticipating the clock striking half seven - everyone will automatically find their way back home to congregate at deck level for yet another performance of Mother Nature's finest eight. You'll always have a reserved seat awaiting you at Morningstar....hurry back!!
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