Gig Harbor is located on a small inlet near the southwestern portion of the Puget Sound. We have previously visited the Seattle area on the eastern side of the sound but this was our first time on the west side in what’s known as the Olympic peninsula. This is a huge tract of land bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north and the Puget Sound on the east.
Our visit to Pleasanton was to allow us to see friends and family and some places of interest in the San Francisco Bay area. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit all of the places we had intended since Kevin was under the weather with a cold for the first 2 or 3 days. While in Pleasanton, we parked at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
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.
We spent a few days in Oakhurst, CA, which is north of Fresno, about 17 miles from the south entrance for Yosemite National Park.
We took some day hikes around Oakhurst and Bass Lake. We also took one day trip into Yosemite going as far as Wawona. Sadly the Mariposa grove of giant Sequoias is currently closed for restoration work but we enjoyed the visit to Wawona, home to the Big Trees Lodge.
Next stop: Yosemite National Park
We left our RV parked near Crowley Lake and made the drive to Lake Tahoe to visit with our friends Steve, Wende and Brady. It’s always fun to spend time with them but summer in Tahoe at their nice home is special.
Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful place at any time but summer is especially nice with a pleasant climate, clean mountain air, the blue lake and the variety of colors in the snow topped mountains. We enjoyed lots of hiking, biking and took a ride up the Heavenly gondola and did a little hiking around the ski runs.