Well if you guessed where the picture was taken last week I am proud of you! The lake certainly wasn’t prominent in the picture. Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places to vacation. I have many reasons why and I will be explaining them all this month with each Friday’s post.
This is the second year in a row we have spent the week between Christmas and New Years in South Lake Tahoe. Last year while we were there, snow was nowhere to be found. I kind of liked it even though everyone else was hoping for fresh powder on the mountain. This year was a whole new deal. It snowed and snowed. Before we got there, while we were there and right after we left. I packed snow boots, warm gloves, my big jacket, scarves, long underwear and lots of warm socks. Can you tell I’m not a fan of cold? I’m a Southern California girl and my blood is thin.
I will deal with it willingly because Tahoe is worth the bundling. And the freezing. It has everything you could need in a vacation town but let’s start with the fact that it’s beautiful. That applies to winter and summer. Gorgeous blue skies, beautiful pine trees and the lake as you can tell by the pictures is something to see. Clear and cold it is immense. There really isn’t another word for it.More on this later.
We have stayed in many places in Lake Tahoe. We’ve stayed at Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, we’ve camped at Zephyr Cove, and rented homes. This time we stayed with friends in their condos and it was a blast. I love this kind of vacation where everyone is forced to hang together. We made lunch and dinner together most days, played games, watched movies and just relaxed. A really great way to spend time with family and friends to recover from the holiday stress.
The kids and one or two of the adults would leave the house at eight am to hit the slopes for snowboarding. The snow was amazing this year. The kids couldn’t get enough.
I walked with my friend every day or we went to the gym that is open to the public at Kahle Community Center (There is a small daily fee) It is a great place with indoor basketball courts, a video arcade and a full gym with running track. The gym has a beautiful view of the trees so working out is a little more pleasant!
We took one walk to the Lake where we ended up hip deep in snow quite a few times. We must have looked ridiculous. I laughed so hard at one point I thought I was never going to get out!
At first glance, it seems to be a beautiful but quiet place and it is, sort of. There is much more toLake Tahoe than one might think and you will hear more about it next week!
About the Author
Elena lives and writes in a suburb north of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California
which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves
being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.
A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come
out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely,
why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.