We rented a car in Reno and headed into the Sierra Nevada mountains. We stopped in Truckee along the way and ate at the delicious Full Belly Deli. I sat among ski bums and hikers, bikers and star gazers. Everyone wanted to be outside and enjoy the Cali sunshine. I felt very much at home.
We checked out the little old western town that has grown since my last visit to the area. Donner Lake looked the same though, still holding on to its history and stories.
We then stopped off at beautiful Squaw Valley, USA! I used to drive into that valley every day to work or ski. It felt very familiar and I was pumped to share it with Tim. I gave him a short tour and then headed over to Squaw Kids. The front door was open so we went in and the memories flooded back! My old boss Karen was in her office, so we had a nice little visit with her. I absolutely LOVED that job!
We then headed into Tahoe City and I showed Tim a few other places. We drove to Carnelian Bay to check out where we would be staying, which was at a friend's rental house right on the lake. Could we be any luckier? The place was huge and gorgeous with stunning views of the lake. We had it all to ourselves! That night, my friends and former bosses, came over for some wine and socializing! It brought me right back to the old days!
The next morning showed us a beautiful sunrise (the skies were smoky due to fire season) and we got up early to paddle board on the still lake. It is so blue and clear, the most beautiful lake in the world! And no one was around. How peaceful.
We ate breakfast at my favorite place: the dam café. Then we headed up to Squaw Valley to meet Katie, Bradford, and the crew for an afternoon hike to Shirley Lake. I was surprised to see some old friends I didn't know would be there! And I had forgotten how difficult it can be to hike in the altitude. Living in the city lends way to getting out of shape! We swam in Shirley Lake and then continued the hike to High Camp where we had some drinks and Tim and I had a very nice discussion. We took the Cable Car down to the village and went over to the Resort at Squaw Creek where I held my summer job at the golf course. Some of the old valet guys were still there telling me stories of Burning Man and the ski season. Things change very slowly in the mountains! We ate at Lanza's Italian Restaurant that night, the best in town!
We swung around the east shore and got out to see the stunning blues of the lake, then it was time to go back to the lake house and get ready for the wedding at River Run. I have to say we matched ourselves quite nicely; people thought we were going to prom =)
Katie and Bradford had a humorous (of course) and beautiful wedding. Brooke told some great stories of the pair before she married them. A lot of familiar faces were there, including Clay, which was a surprise because you never know where in the world Clay is. The band was awesome, Bradford split his pants, Katie changed twice, Casey's husband and son went on a little bike ride, Tim dipped me a million times on the dance floor as I became three sheets to the wind, and there was a trail mix bar and karaoke after. It was AMAZING!
I was pretty hungover the next day, but we managed to get up and make our flight out. Tim and I only had a few days in Tahoe, but it was worth the trip! I will always have a home in Tahoe and I was so happy to share it with Tim.