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.
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.
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.
We’ve had the great pleasure to spend all of July at Lake Tahoe, specifically, Zephyr Cove, NV, at the home of our friends, Steve and Wende. Part of the time we were here alone pet sitting their two dogs and part of the time was with Steve, Wende and Brady.
Snow capped mountains, deep blue lake, clear skies and daily high temps of 80 degrees, plus or minus a couple of degrees. It’s a near perfect combination. We have taken many hikes and bicycle rides, shared a 4 hour ATV adventure through the mountains with Steve and Brady, spent a half day boating on Lake Tahoe and many enjoyable hours visiting with the family. We even had the opportunity to attend the American Century Championship, an annual celebrity golf tournament featuring 60 to 70 sports and entertainment stars including, Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Steph Curry, Tony Romo, Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake and many more.
South Lake Tahoe offers a wide variety of ways to spend a summer day from the beaches to the mountains. There are all kinds of activities on and above the water and on the beaches. The same can be said for the mountains. The only downside is that weekends can be very busy, especially at the beaches.
We plan to stay here for the first 3 weeks of August as well, with the exception of a short side trip.