In Switzerland German is the primary language in the eastern 2/3 of the country and this includes the city of Lucerne. Lucerne has been described as perhaps the prettiest city in Switzerland and we can confirm that it is quite appealing. Like Geneva, Lucerne sits on a beautiful lake that bears its name and the Reuss River runs through the city.
Geneva is surrounded on three sides by France and its Lake Geneva is shared with France. The primary language is French but Geneva is a very international city with approximately 46% of the population being foreign born. This is mostly due to the raft of international organizations that either make their home here or have a substantial presence, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the headquarters for the International Red Cross which was founded here in 1863.
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.
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
Once again it was time for the annual fall/winter meet up with the Cooper family at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake near Cookeville, TN. This year the event took place during the first weekend of November. We certainly enjoyed the family, food and lovely fall weather.
In addition, we enjoyed two days with my brother, Hew, at his place on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky. We appreciate his hospitality and had a great time visiting with him and Peanut. Finally, we spent one night in Louisville with Nancy and had lunch with her, Alyson and Corey. Our thanks for putting us up for the night before our return to Nashville for our return flight.
Finally, our thanks to Ralph and Carlie for allowing us to park our motorhome on their property. This has been a great convenience for us and has allowed us to visit with them and their family as well.
From Prescott, AZ, we needed a place to stop in order to break up the drive that would get us to Southern California. The Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort in Desert Center fulfilled that requirement.
Desert Center, located approximately halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles, has a colorful history. It was founded in 1921 by Stephen A. Ragsdale, also know as “Desert Steve”. He and his wife began with a simple shack and provided vehicle repair, fuel and refreshments to travelers. Desert Center offered the only such services for 50 miles in either direction. Today, there is not much left in Desert Center. However, there is a small golf and retirement community centered around a nice lake. We spent two nights at Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort before continuing our drive west.
Next stop: Sylmar, CA