An Author & Friends...

One of my volunteer 'jobs' is booking presentations for our local library. The position gives me the opportunity to bring in people that I personally want to hear. Cheryl Anne Stapp was one such person.

Join the Friends of the Library as award-winning author Cheryl Anne Stapp presents her newest book, The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps, and Daring Drivers.  She lives with her husband in Sacramento and volunteers as a docent at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. Cheryl has written about the amazing history that surrounds her in Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War; and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. Presented by the Friends of the Library and the Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
After the exceptional presentation, fifteen of us descended upon our backyard for an evening of food, friendship and a whole lot of interesting conversation.

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Stand Up Paddling Angora Lake...

For Annie's last day in Tahoe, we thought we'd go somewhere she had yet to visit- Angora Lakes.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:
We endeavor to offer a unique day use experience at Angora Lakes Resort, a historic Lake Tahoe front-country location.  To safely enjoy the resort, visitors must meet the following essential eligibility criteria: Participants must have the ability to safely hike, bike or use other non-motorized means (including with assistance of a companion) to go up and down hill at least a mile round trip over rocky, rugged, slippery, and sandy terrain, with obstacles up to 18” high, at 7000-7500’ elevations. There are no paved surfaces beyond the Angora Parking area.

We paddle boarded, picnicked and delighted in just being there.

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
-Sam Keen

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SF to Tahoe via Wine Country...

Annie is a lot like me in that a brief mention of something sets in motion a plan.

I mentioned how impressed we had been with the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and without any hesitation she said, "Let's go there on the way home!" (FYI Geyserville is a slight detour on the way back to Tahoe).

We purchased a refreshing glass of Sofia Rosé and sat by the pool.

Owned by the famed director, this place is a combination of film museum, an adult's dream play land and a wonderful oasis- surrounded by vines.

 "Winemaking & Filmmaking are two of California's great art forms."
- Francis Ford Coppola

Once back in Tahoe, we hit the ground running for a Music Concert Trifecta.
First stop was Lakeview Commons for Vokab Kompany and extreme people watching.
We then walked the shoreline and found ourselves rocking to surf tunes with the Tiki Lounge Lizards. They were amazingly fun.

We hung out there until the sun and the temperatures went down.
We ended our extraordinary day at Riva Grill in the company of our two favorite musicians, Ike & Martin.
Kind of sums it up!

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Six Hours (AWAKE) in San Francisco

Heading to the Bay Area, we had to pause for photos in Dixon- the Sunflower Capital of California.

After dropping Robby and Chandler off at their apartments and checking into our hotel, we headed directly to Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest one in North America.

The kids met us for a tasty dinner and we said Zàijiàn (goodbye) and headed to the theater.
Wanting to do as much as we could in our limited time, we purchased 'same day' tickets for the amazing play, City of Angels. Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, this play tells the story of a novelist struggling to turn his hard-boiled detective novel into a movie. Weaving together the novelist's actual life with the story of his fictional P.I. hero, the San Francisco Playhouse's production is a stylish nod to the golden age of Hollywood and film noir, where the colorful real world collides with the black-and-white "reel" world. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this show was co-written by Broadway legend Cy Coleman and "M*A*S*H" creator Larry Gelbart.

We were beyond impressed with the quality of the production, the authenticity of the costuming, the talent of the actors, the ingenuity of the set and the historic setting (1925). It was the ideal play for us to see in San Francisco. Four thumbs up!

Situated in the brazen heart of San Francisco, Hotel Fusion is a synthesis of old world Asia and Western concepts with a boutique, cosmopolitan flare. Much like the city itself, our unique design mirrors an aesthetic multiculturalism, combined with floor to ceiling comfort and unbeatable service for a sweeping experience. We distinguish ourselves with an enthusiastic commitment to guest services. Our knowledgeable team is your gateway to the city. During your stay, every request is treated with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Every choice we made for our day by the Bay was absolutely perfect. I ♥ SF!

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Tahoe on the way back to College...

My college girlfriend, Annie, arrived for our 36th summer together, a tradition we've been trying to uphold wherever we live.

Annie's son, Robby and his gal, Chandler, needed to be returned to college in San Francisco, so they detoured for a night in South Lake Tahoe.
Their goal was to swim in the Lake.
Dinner on the deck and lots of catching up followed. Summertime!

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