Our host, Steve, came up to Tahoe for a short visit recently. We were happy to see him and, frankly, just to have some company after 4 months of solitude.
Directly across the road from Steve’s house is a prominent landmark called Round Hill. It’s a small hill right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, perhaps 300 feet high at its peak. We were on the balcony looking at the hill and realized that in the 10 years Steve and Wende have owned the house, they had not yet hiked to the top of the hill. So, the next day we did just that.
It’s not a particularly difficult hike. It begins on the north side above the Round Hill Pines Beach. As you make your way up the trail, you start to get a nice view looking north along the shoreline and a nice view of Steve and Wende’s house. The trail continues around to the east side where you get good views of the mountains and the town of South Lake Tahoe. Then around to the south side of the hill you will have a stunning view of the entire south half of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. At the peak you can choose which portion of a 180 degree vista to focus your attention upon. We enjoyed it so much we did it again a couple of days later.
We enjoyed Steve’s visit and our daily walks/hikes, particularly the Round Hill hike.
You’re not alone! At least one-third of the global population is under some form of “stay at home” or lock down restrictions. Perhaps in no other time in history have we seen this much of humanity being asked (or ordered) to limit their movement beyond their own front door. This has led to tremendous changes for millions of people with schools closed, malls, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and most other retail establishments like hair salons, gyms and clothing stores all closed as well. Of course, this has led to millions of stories of quarantine and lock down.
We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.
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On September 30th, Valerie and I accompanied Valerie’s mom, Umeno, and her mom’s good friend Kazuko to Las Vegas for a class reunion for graduates of Honokaa High School, Hawaii. It was actually Valerie’s dad, Bob, who attended that school since Honokaa was his hometown. But Mom has attended this annual reunion for many years and enjoys reconnecting with their friends.
They invited graduates from almost any year so the group had representatives from something like 20 or 30 years of graduating classes. They had a few events including a luncheon attended by the entire group with entertainment and prize drawings.
Since this was during the Octoberfest season, Valerie and I decided to check out Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas. Earlier this year, while visiting Munich we went to the original Hofbrauhaus. The Las Vegas location gets their beer from the brewery in Munich so it was an authentic experience. It also gave us an opportunity to reminisce about our time in Germany only about 5 months prior.
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After our mini-vacation, we returned to South Lake Tahoe for a few final days. The highlight of this time was a boat tour to Thunderbird Lodge. Steve and Wende’s new neighbor in Tahoe runs these tours in addition to tours to Emerald Bay. Their business is called Cruise Tahoe.