July in Lake Tahoe

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Lake 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.

Tahoe Ski Trip 2019

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In early February we headed to Lake Tahoe to enjoy some skiing.  Just prior to our departure a substantial storm moved through the Sierras dropping several feet of new snow.

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Once again, our friends Steve & Wende invited us to stay at their home near South Lake Tahoe, NV.  When we arrived, the first order of business was to remove enough snow from the driveway to get the car off the street. Continue reading

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.