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Aug 29, 2011 - Lake Tahoe

Today we drove about 50 miles from Reno to visit Lake Tahoe. We visited both the Nevada side and the California side of the lake. The lake was absolutely packed, cars were parked all along the main beaches and walking trails etc. The lake is absolutely beautiful. We visited the Tahoe area about 20 years ago and had forgotten how beautiful it is. We stopped at one of the smaller hotels and had a wonderful lunch before driving back to Reno. We saw a lot of bear warning, but didn't see any bears or any wildlife. The huge Ponderosa Pines...

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Jul 20, 2011 - HOME

Alas, I have arrived in Wisconsin. I wont get into the aggravations of the last 3 days of disappointments with buses, planes, and missed connections...I'm just glad to be settled!! I'm so so so so so so so thankful for what I've experienced the last 5 months in my travels, and also the 4 months prior, which opened my eyes a great deal. I have an incredible amount of love and appreciation for the inspiring people I met, the lovely places I visited, the gorgeous views I absorbed, the important things I learned, the hopes for positive...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Sweet July

Such good times! High Sierra was awesome, an incredible experience! Afterward, we returned to South Lake Tahoe and camped for 5 days just off the Rim Trail from Kingsbury Grade trailhead. Out there I was thinking of how easy it is to take things like fresh laundry, showers, and especially drinking water for granted. I appreciate things a little more since then. We came back into town Saturday for a funky show and stayed with friends over the weekend. Sunday we floated down the Upper Truckee River with a big group of friends. One canoe, 2...

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Jun 27, 2011 - Day 3 in Tahoe..

Day 3 was pretty relaxing. We had lunch at Riva on the water. Missy and I had manicures and then picked the boys up for a great ride around the lake to Lake Tahoe City. There are lodges around the whole lake and expensive mountain style homes. People who own boats just tie them to mooring balls and have to take small dinghys to get to them. I never saw a marina anywhere. We found a nice restaurant/Inn on the water called Captain Jon's. The restaurant extended out right into the water. The chef came out and spoke to us and made the kids...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Tahoe Day 2

I guess it's the altitude because I have been out of breath all day and a little dizzy. It's only 7000 feet at our base camp and Santa Fe did not bother me at all. After getting up and hitting some dumbbells and a walk in the fresh pines we headed about 4 miles down the main drag to Heavenly Gondola Lodge. It is a cool sky bucket ride to over 9000 feet with unreal views of Lake Tahoe. There is still snow on the ground so Ross was excited. Once you get to the top it's a ski lodge with a lift that takes you to 6 different courses. Some are on...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Vagabonding

Today I'd like to share a few of my favorite lines from "Vagabonding; And Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel" by Rolf Potts: "For some reason, [Americans] see long-term travel to faraway lands as a recurring dream or an exotic temptation, but not something that applies to the here and now. Instead-out of our insane duty to fear, fashion, and monthly payments on things we don't really need-we quarantine our travels to short, frenzied bursts. In this way, as we throw our wealth at an abstract notion called "lifestyle," travel...

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Jun 25, 2011 - Day 1 in Tahoe..(Day 60)

Well we have been on the road for 60 days and managed quite well. I think the crew is a little tired so we are taking it easy for the next few days. Not much to report. This place is very beautiful. We hung out at the campground today and rested from all the travels. The boys made some friends with a couple of kids and shot air soft guns and played basketball. Some Asian dude came up and started up with Brock because he thought Brock had said something to his kids. Brock handled himself well and told the guy to go to hell. Good thing I was...

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Jun 24, 2011 - House-Sitting

Our hosts have left and we're officially house-sitting until Monday. It's nice having a little house to ourselves, a house with Netflix and all the "Bones" I can handle =D Right now Jordan is rock climbing while I prepare pancakes for his return, tend to our hosts new garden, and watch Dozer the Terrible. Last night he got into Jordan's food and ate an entire box of cookies, an Indian food pouch, and I don't even remember what else. So we punished him by having him spend the night in the bathroom, where he tore apart the garbage, of course....

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Jun 24, 2011 - Lake Tahoe, CA

We left Petaluma, CA and headed 185 miles east to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Another hair pin drive but the views were incredible. We traveled up mountains over 7000 feet and had a rushing river of melted snow along the road side all the way up the mountain. The towering pines and snow covered mountains were a great site and everyone had a great time seeing them. There were several waterfalls and signs that said beware of bear crossings. The lake is just incredible with blue water and the mountains coming right down into them. We stopped on the...

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Jun 19, 2011 - South Lake Tahoe

Wow wow wow. Today was such an amazing day! Boy, girl, and dog arrived in South Lake Tahoe yesterday afternoon. We're staying with a couple, Brett and Kristen, friends of Jordan's he met in Hawaii a few years back. Last night we made plans to hike the Pyramid Creek trail head up along Horsetail Falls. Six of us ended up doing the hike and the sights blew our minds. The falls are 600 ft and the hike is apparently about a 1,400 ft elevation climb and 3 miles round trip. The official trail ends at the most epic view of the raging falls and...

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May 22, 2011 - Caught Up in the Rapture

As I wrote on my photo website yesterday, the rapture did happen, you non-believers. Glad Russell and I had been especially good lately, because we got picked up and taken off to heaven. The folks here in heaven call it Lake Tahoe. Russell woke up yesterday with his sinuses all clogged making him feel quite dizzy. He spent a quiet morning inside the coach drinking lots of water and taking sudafed. Around lunchtime, we took a short walk just around the RV park. Later in the afternoon, we walked about 3 miles around an historical site and...

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May 21, 2011 - Camp Richardson RV Resort-Lake Tahoe, CA

The drive over the mountains from Reno, NV on 431 was absolutely awesome. There was still a lot of snow up at the 7 and 8 thousand foot elevations. We saw snowmobiles, skiers, and snowshoe trekkers enjoying the sunny day up in the snow. When I got my first glimpse of Lake Tahoe looking down from 8,000 ft., I felt it had to be a movie--surely nothing could be this perfect or beautiful. I was ready to beg Russell to buy a cabin here to live out the rest of my life. As we descended down to the lake level, it only got more perfect. Every little...

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