Thursday in Tahoe ROCKS...

A highlight of every summer is the Lakeview Summer Music Series.

Meeting up with friends, grooving to the tunes lakeside. This is truly the sweet life that Tahoe affords us.
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop.  Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove."

“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day,
and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”
-Jo Walton 

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Vikingsholm Visit...

Resuming our duties as ADA escorts, down to Emerald Bay, was something we were eager to do.

Sharing The Castle with mom was on our summer 'to do' list.

What a magical place to spend an afternoon.

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The Tahoe Bagpiper at SLT Library...

Our evening was spent delighting in music on the library lawn with Séan Cummings, "The Tahoe Bagpiper". This was a first for us, 1.5 hours of incredible uniqueness.
Séan has over 30 years performing experience, and seven generations of clan tradition, to tell the story and play the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.
About 100 people experienced this musical magic.
I love this photo of two very different sets of feet.
The music played until almost sunset.
Joan and Dick are several inches shorter than Séan but he made them feel tall...funny stuff.
Certain occurrences epitomize Tahoe Happiness. Tonight was one of those happenings.

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On Howie's Morning Rush KRLT 93.9

With an amazing line up of interesting presentations at the South Lake Tahoe Library to promote, I was a guest on our local radio station (again).

And Steve was there to video tape it. What fun!

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The Farmers' Market is Summer Fun

Okay, it totally feels like Summer when the vibrant colors of the Farmers' Market collide with the meeting up of friends. AWESOME!

Pretty, pretty peppers!
Certified Farmers' Market - Tuesdays
8AM - 1 PM
June 03, 2014 to October 14, 2014
2732 South Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50)

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Kayaking with Jenny...

What an ideal way to get reintroduced to Tahoe... being on the Lake with Jenny. Oh man, life is good!

Before we headed out, Jenny texted about the rain. I promptly replied, "Wet is Wet!"

“Row, row, row your boat.
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.”
– Alice Munro

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Wonderful Mail Received...

When we left Tahoe, almost six weeks ago, we put our mail on hold. Little did we know that when we returned, we would find loving notes from so many of our friends.

The cards came from as far away as Italy and Japan and from as close as next door (and all places in between). Each expressed a unique sentiment while all made us feel comfort and true friendship. How fortunate are we!

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Family Reunion Day #2

We met for a morning of family photographs, lunch and final 'see you laters'.

Team Lynn was the largest with ~36 family members.
I was envious of the 14 Great Grandbabies. Wow!
Team Ross was small but happy!

And we even had a shark sighting! Fun weekend.

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Family Reunion Day #1

The Haerr/Hoerr clan has been gathered together in the beautiful beach town of La Jolla for a weekend of meeting, greeting, remembering and sharing. Tonight was an incredible opportunity for all us to know the relatives from all over the country.

Ron, Ralph, Lynn and Jim are four of the six that made all of this happen.
The La Jolla Shores Hotel was the ideal location for an unforgettable night.
There will be more than 70 of us reuniting by the weekend's conclusion.
The Family Time was extra special.
Caitlin, Steve's first cousin once-removed, was the exemplary coordinator who brought all of this to a reality. Wow! 
No trip to the shore is complete without my toes in the sand.
"When you look at your life,
the greatest happinesses are family happinesses."
~Dr. Joyce Brothers

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An Evening with Mary Poppins...

For months, we have had plans to celebrate Disneyland's 59th anniversary with a trip to Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista for Mary Poppins.

"Yes, Mary Poppins has flown into Vista and onto the Moonlight stage! The cherished Disney film has been reimagined into a spectacular new musical with a book by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes. Featuring all of the unforgettable songs of the movie plus brand-new breathtaking musical numbers and spectacular effects, Mary Poppins takes both children and adults alike on a magical musical adventure where "anything can happen if you let it." Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show and has amassed more than 40 theatre awards from around the globe."
David, Karen, Tricia, and Mike have been coming here for over two decades, while Nic has been coming here all her life. How awesome is that! They have theater going down to a science... arrive early, dine in style... make the night an EVENT.
Some things are just precious!
Arriving early gets you a pre-show... the sunset.
What an incredible production. The evening under the stars, with wonderful friends, recalling childhood memories that Mary Poppins evokes, was darn Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park and so much more...

Our day encompassed so much, this is going to be a very long post. Scroll to enjoy the photos and share in our incredible day!

When Karen and David learned that we had a free day, the most wonderful itinerary was devised. After lunch at The Yellow Deli (yes, the 4th time was just as delicious), we headed out for wine tasting.
Orfila Vineyards is a 70-acre estate that grows premium wine grapes in the San Pasqual Valley, located in a 10,000-acre agricultural preserve owned by the City of San Diego. The picturesque hillside estate is 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean at an altitude of 500 feet. The cool ocean breezes and morning fog create classic wine growing (and drinking) conditions.
Our ultimate destination was The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (when I began coming here in 1972, it was known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park). This amazing environment is an 1,800 acre zoo and conveniently just down the road from the winery! It houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. This past Memorial Day, The Tull Family Tiger Trail opened and we were eager to see it.
Karen took these photos of the Sumatran Tigers... so beautiful and lovable.

Steve captured David's Tiger encounter perfectly!
There is something pretty special about these paws! What an opportunity for us to see these majestic creatures in such a spectacular setting.
This little guy became my new favorite critter. The southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) is the only species that can roll up into a ball for protection and was so intriguing to watch.

While most of what we observed today was new to us, the old familiars were just as special.

Okay, hysterical photo, right? My favorite of the day holding Ring-tailed Lemurs. These mesmerizing mammals are native to Madagascar, and are easily recognized with their long nose, big eyes, woolly fur, and long, black-and-white-ringed tail. To see them up close, we strolled the Lemur Walk, an immersive experience, where guests get to walk on a pathway through the animals' habitat and watch the endearing primates socializing, grooming, jumping, climbing, and even sunbathing, one of the lemur's favorite pastimes.

Our final destination was the Gorilla Forest where the young'uns were more active than we have ever seen. It was truly a spectacle watching them tussle.
The biggest treat here was the new baby. This is Imani and baby Joanne. Joanne was born by cesarean section, a first at the park for a gorilla mother. Three months later, both are fine and super adorable. It was a lovely way to end our extremely fun day. Good friends make life so awesome. Thank you Karen and David for the unforgettable memories.

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