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Oct 20, 2017 - Scenic Drive Donner Summit

We went on another scenic drive today over Donner Summit. With two highways crossing Donner Summit, motorists can choose between speedy Interstate 80 or the slower, more scenic route of old Highway 40. We did a little bit of each today, starting out on 80 and then following 40 into the old town of Truckee. The views from I-80 down the eastern side past Donner Lake are dramatic. A turnout partway down the pass offers a great place to look out over Donner Lake with views of the transcontinental railroad tunnels and old Highway 40. We are...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Sonoma to Truckee

April 11, 2017 Even before we leave Sonoma we have changed our initial travel plans! We don’t have snow tires or chains ( a major ordeal to get them on rear dual tires.) Our first stop is Truckee to visit our dear friend, Leslie. It is supposed to snow that night just a bit. Rather than take HWY 50 we will travel the very boring HWY 80 to Elko, NV. No decent place to camp there other than residential camp spots so will look for a Best Western. We then expect unseasonably warm weather through Park City and the Rockies. We will see....

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Jun 20, 2014 - Truckee, CA

3 Days here we visited Donner Lake, Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee River, and Lake Tahoe. We left here and went back to Carmichael to finish awning installation on the trailer. Only one of the awnings came in. We had it installed then left for Verdi, NV

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Jun 8, 2014 - Head for the Mountains!

The Sunday forecast for Sacramento was for a high of 104 degrees. We decided that it would be a good day to head for the mountains. Annie hopped in the CRV and we headed east on I-80 toward Truckee, CA. It was a two-hour uphill drive that landed us at Northstar Ski Resort at about 6000 feet in altitude. Through an unnecessarily complex process we obtained lift tickets and headed for the gondola to gain some more altitude. The gondola was a new experience for Annie and she wasn’t at all happy about boarding. Once on board she settled down...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Winnemucca, NV to Truckee, CA

June 4, 2014 Nice cool evening for sleeping. We didn’t even wake up until 8:00 even though I remember the sun coming up around 5:30. I had promised Bob pancakes. The truth of the matter is that we had little else on board! We were on our way to Truckee by 9:30. Leslie was waiting for us with cold cut sandwiches and Sierra Nevada Hoptimum beer. Sat out on the deck with the wonderful smell of pine. Is actually warm, 83 degrees. Leslie and I took a walk while Bob read the NYT. Nonstop chatter catching up on family, trip etc. Leslie had...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Lake Tahoe

This morning we took off for Lake Tahoe. Last time we were here, we took a paddle wheel boat ride around the lake. One of the things we saw while we were on the boat was Emerald Bay. We were talking to someone we met at the park this morning and he was telling us about driving around Emerald Bay...a perfect drive. We drove around the lake to Emerald Bay and got some beautiful pictures. On the way, we saw a turnout...of course, there was no parking, but we found a place we could pull off the road and climb down the rocks for some incredible...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Truckee, CA and Donner Summit & Pass

Another day of adventure out of Reno. The weather report said that Reno would be over a 100 so we decided it would be a good time to head to the mountains. Our first adventure, we drove thru Truckee, CA, didn't stop because it was a lot of people due to the beer feast that was happening that day. So on to the Donner Summit, the summit that the Donner party was trying to make during that harsh winter that killed so many of the their party. After we left the summit we wanted to find the monument at Donner Pass. This monument was built as high...

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2013 - Here we come

Apr 28, 2013 - Hell's Highway

We kept driving east on Interstate 80 which brought us past Sacramento to a small place called Truckee, CA. This past winter we watched a few sessions of Hell's Highway on TV, the story being about the dangers of the Donner Pass in wintertime. In summer it is very picturesque with the old Donner Pass going back and forward higher and higher over the pass. After this adventure we went south along Lake Tahoe a beautiful peaceful water surrounded on every side by mountains and seemingly a play place for the rich and famous. Since we wanted to...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Sonoma to Truckee, CA

Last year at this time Bob and I were a bit anxious as we packed for our first “rig” adventure in over 40 years as well as packing up our house that will be rented through VRBO while we are gone. Having traveled for 4 months last year throughout the western US and Canada and renting our house, we have been fairly casual in preparing for our trip. Of course our packing and preparation lists for the house and rig are more refined which makes life a lot easier. Sadly, we did not have to get Pepper ready. We do miss him! This will be a 7,000...

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Aug 21, 2012 - at Lake Tahoe CA; 16/217

120821-Tue-66748-Today we ended at 66817, started at 66748 miles, for total miles today of 69.We spent until about 2pm at the Auto Doctor about .7 miles from camp. They put a new alternator in and ordered a knock sensor which will be in tomorrow, so we will take it back. Then we drove around Tahoe City, our friends condo and to Kings Beach. Then we drove back to Truckee and had an anniversary dinner at El Toro Bravo with beers and margaritas. Tomorrow we will wait while the other repairs are made.

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Aug 20, 2012 - to Lake Tahoe CA; 16/216

120820-Mon-66487-Today we ended at 667418, started at 66487 miles, for total miles today of 261. We are now in Truckee (Lake Tahoe) CA. I think I have a plug wire burnt, which I hope to get fixed in the next couple of days. It is missing and this unit is known for burnt plug wires. We went thru some beautiful country, but north of where we went there was a wild fire, as we could see the smoke and smell it. It is fine here. We made reservations to take a lake cruise tomorrow.

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Jul 10, 2012 - Week Eight: July 4 -10 ( Okinagen, Penticton, WA, OR, Redwoods, Truckee)

Day 1, July 4th, we awakened to gorgeous sunshine & a rapidly warming morning. Nearly 60. I donned my American flag t-shirt in honor of the holiday. We departed Vernon & mid-morning, we were in huge Kelowna (pop. 107,000.) Begun in 1859 as a mission, today its burgeoning economy is based on fruit growing, manufacturing, tourism & retirees. There are also several lush vinyards & wineries in the area. We crossed beautiful Okinagan Lake on a high bridge from which we viewed its busy shoreline peppered with boats of all sizes. We also saw...

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