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!

Mr V and Gizmo

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.

Seasonal Lake Van Norden

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. o.o

Me under a pride flag at Squaw

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.

Me on Scout. Mr V on Copper

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!

Donner Lake as seen from the Pacific Crest Trail

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