Back to Portland–June 2018

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When we were here back in early May, we knew we needed to nail down an RV spot in which to ride out the July 4th holiday period.  This is traditionally a very busy time for RV parks so you need to book early.  In addition, we needed to make arrangements to get to an event in Las Vegas scheduled for June 28 – July 1.  This event was the Iwashita-Akiyama family reunion.  This is a family group related to Valerie’s maternal grandmother.  Their first event was 3 years ago and they arranged to repeat it at the 3 year mark.  A good number of the group traveled from Hawaii for the event.

Iwashita-Akiyama family reunion

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Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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When we arrived in Tahoe on February 12th, there had been little snowfall for the winter so far.  Fortunately, Heavenly mountain has good snowmaking capabilities so there were several runs with good coverage so that we found pretty good ski conditions.  Of course, if you looked off into the trees you would see mostly rocks and stumps.  So definitely, stick to the main runs.

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Quick Trip to Tahoe

My driver’s license was due to expire on my birthday this year.  Since I am licensed in Nevada and for this renewal they were telling me I had to renew in person, I had to get to Nevada before my birthday.

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Fortunately, my friend Steve, who has a house in Tahoe, was planning to make a trip up there around early to mid-February.  And, our friend Tim was interesting in skiing and this winter has seen epic snowfall, therefore, the stars aligned so that we could make the trip so I could get my licensed renewed and ski for a couple of days in near ideal snow conditions.

The rain and snowfall in California this winter has been substantial following years of drought.  The drought has not been completely resolved but there has been significant progress.  The mountains in Tahoe have recorded more than 440 inches of snow for this winter.  Needless to say this is most welcome since the skiing conditions during the drought years were sub-optimal.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Lake Mead was formed following the building of the Hoover Dam, originally called Boulder Dam.  If full, Lake Mead would be 112 miles long and have 247 square miles of surface.  Of course, it is far from full, the lake is approximately 30% below the level that would be considered full.  Nearby Boulder City, Nevada, was home to many of the workers during the construction of the dam.

Lake Mead RV Village

We stayed at Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead.  This part of the lake is located about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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