What a week. Things have been nuts around here. While I had wifi and internet while I was up in Tahoe, I was never actually home long enough to write to you guys, so here’s the massive download on what I was up to!
Best Friend’s Wedding: I was in my bff’s wedding on the 29th and she’s the whole reason Mr. V and I were up in Tahoe to begin with. She married a great guy and I haven’t had a chance to fly up to NorCal and see her in years, so it was great to catch up with both of them. The wedding was beautiful, everyone liked my shoes, and it was a great start to our week.
Following the wedding, Mr. V and I stayed at an Airbnb in Soda Springs for the rest of the week. Tahoe is busy but small. Donner is even smaller. Soda Springs is TINY. No stop signs, one street tiny. But we stayed in a cute little cabin in the woods which worked well as home base for us while we explored the area. We loved staying in the cabin so much we’ve started looking into Custom Log Cabins and how much it would be to create our own in the woods behind our house! It would be our very own little escape and it would allow us to watch the stars at night and get in touch with wildlife.
Aside from Tahoe and Donner lakes, the area is riddled with water, ponds, streams, reservoirs, even little seasonal bayous. Despite being the start of July, there was snow everywhere–the elevation kept things cool and apparently, snow reached the 2nd and 3rd story of some houses this year. When it isn’t snowing apparently the lakes are normally riddled with rafts from American Whitewater Expedition and other companies taking people out for whitewater rafting activities.
We toured the Olympic Village in Squaw, took two days to explore Tahoe City’s downtown shops, had dinner in Truckee, and spent some time on Donner Lake. We even went horseback riding. We hit most every entry on the tourist checklist you can without snow sports.
At the end of our stay, we hiked up about 100 yards into the Pacific Crest Trail to perch on the side of a mountainside and watch the 4th of July Donner Lake fireworks. This is by far the best view of fireworks I’ve ever had!
Both of us love the Tahoe area, so we took full advantage of our week up there. We had a kitchen available in the AirBnb, so we managed to eat about half our meals at home, which cut the cost significantly. I had a chance to catch up with old friends and explore some new places and I’ve come back home bursting with creative ideas.
Mr V and I don’t often get a chance to get away. This was exactly the kind of recharge we both needed.
Have you ever been to the Tahoe area? What adventures have you enjoyed there? Mr. V wants to buy a vacation home there… you know, after we buy a first home XD