Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Lake Tahoe, California
It sure felt great to wake up and know we didn’t have to pack things up and move on! I woke up early and went out to see the sun coming up over the lake – what a sight! I might get up earlier if I knew I would see that every morning! Laura fixed us a wonderful breakfast of pastries and fresh raspberries and strawberries – so juicy and good. After breakfast, we just sat outside and watched the lake come alive here at the end of the summer. Before long, we saw a huge yellow hot air balloon floating almost silently across the lake. It was so quiet that we could hear the bursts of fire as the balloon went higher. Laura showed us the barge where the balloon would land out in the middle of the lake (well, middle from where we were – it’s a BIG lake!). So we watched the landing and we watched a parasailer, and we watched Laura’s friends and their dog go out on their paddleboards for a ride. I brought my laptop outside and sat at the picnic table and wrote a blog post – it was a wonderful lazy morning!
After a while, Laura took us on a walk over to a historic section of Lake Tahoe called Tallac, which was very close to their neighborhood. We saw old lake homes, boats, cars, and firetrucks that have been protected and restored – so fun to see how the really wealthy lived here, way back when! From there, we walked to the Stream Research place where we could go inside a building and see the actual stream next to us – fish, crawdads, and other living things right in front of us. The pine trees provided loads of shade for us near the old homes, and pines, birch, and other trees offered a canopy otherwise, until we crossed a meadow. Going back, we followed the bike path, which was paved and faster, but not nearly as shaded.
Once back at the cabin, Laura fixed us a light lunch of corn chips with ground beef, salsa, and cheese – very yummy! We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting outside and only going in to do some laundry. I even got brave (and hot enough) to go swimming in the lake – pure refreshment!! Way better than the fountain in Carson City! It was not nearly as cold as I was afraid it might have been – I really enjoyed it. The water is so clear – I could see the bottom way out past where I could touch it! Before we knew it, it was time for a sundowner.
For dinner, Don grilled delicious pork tenderloins and Laura made salad, pasta, green beans, and hot rolls. How lucky were we?? Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality, Don and Laura! Laura showed us some photos of the cabin (which was built by her dad back in 1956) and its evolution, along with family photos and photos of her new grandbaby. We had a mini Historian lesson and then we all spent time on our laptops in front of the TV. Oh, and we may have had a bit of ice cream…and of course we chattered all evening, as if we had all known each other for years! Kim and I got the laundry done and got things packed up as best we could. We were both sad to be leaving such a magical place the next day!