Awoke to Snow...

While Tahoe was dusted in the white goodness, just a few weeks ago, we were gone and missed it.

It is always special to be greeted by a blanket of snow. I'm ready for it, this time (Steve's going to be here).

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world
and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment
then where is it to be found?
-J. B. Priestley

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Steve's Belated Birthday Post...

Us moms love to have our babies with us when it's the said baby's birthday. We had scheduled our SoCal trip around that particular milestone, Steve's #55.

We spent the entire day hanging with Betty and then dined at her onsite restaurant- wow!
We could totally get use to eating like this.
The evening ended in song, as all birthdays should.
"Keep calm and be crazy,
Laugh, love and live it up
Because this is the oldest you've been
And the youngest you'll ever be again!"

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Fall Colors in Hope Valley...

We live in a spectacular place... where we are surrounded by variations of beautiful scenery.

Located just 20 miles from our front door is this view.
Hope Valley is the destination for leaf peeping in these parts.

It wasn't just the Aspen trees putting on a show, either.

Every now and then it's good for you to sit and linger on a log!
Lunch was Sorensen's famous Beef Burgundy Stew. We don't eat it very often, but when we do, it's a satisfying bowl of YUM.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
-William Cullen Bryant

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An Argosy Trailer as Art...

In 1976, my folks bought a brand new Argosy Trailer and we hit the road (and started my love of asphalt adventuring).

This was our rig, with my mom. We took it as far south as Puerta Vallarta, Mexico and as far east as Virginia. We even lived it it for a month, while I was in college, while we waited for a new house to be finished. Wild memories.
So how cool was it for me to see this 1976 groovy Argosy roll into Tahoe? I had to do some research. It was painted in 2012 by a graffiti artist named Beyond Grasp (Chance Canales) for Michael Broussard of Atomic Twelve Designs. Wild right. Below is link the video of it being created. So dang awesome. I would love to revisit my old trailer memories in this rig. Groovy indeed.

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Two Kinds of Spooky...

There was kind of a lot going on today. My first stop was at the Spooky Stormwater Fall Festival, hosted by the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Karen was a volunteer at this educational, free, family-friendly event at Sidellis Brewery. The spooky part of was learning about all the scary stuff that gets in our lovely Lake.
My next stop was to Valhalla to usher for the final terrifying weekend of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Play.
Arriving early for my shift, I wandered. Fall colors and smoke from the NorCal fires were visible from the Boathouse's dock. 

As a kick off for the Halloween season, this very well acted performance was a spine-tingling tale of mystery, suspense, and a vengeful ghost. It left me rather rattled, its goal no doubt. There was something very magical about being at the Boathouse, this late in the season. What an unforgettable night.
“I had been right, this was just the sort of place
where superstition and tittle-tattle were rife,
and even allowed to hold sway over commonsense.” 
― Susan Hill, The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

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Bowling 50's Style...

In appreciation for the volunteers, the wonders at Valhalla hosted a night of bowling, pizza, and libations with a 50's theme. And I was invited to attend.

Jan gave me a ride, which was a good thing. I don't think I could have driven with my hair!
So to get this look with my own bowling shoes, I wrapped black felt around the shoe and held it on by lacing it in the shoelaces. Clever, right?
The White Russians made it that much more special (Big Lewboski).
Yes, I did lose my wig once and it didn't make me bowl any better.

The darling outfit on my right won. How cute is that dress?
What a fun and amazing group of bowlers. I had a blast and appreciate being a a part of it all. "Bowling is fun in your spare time!"

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Thunderbirds Over Lake Tahoe,,,

I have always called Jenny the bird whisperer for her uncanny ability to spot amazing birds everywhere, especially from the comfort of their back deck. This morning was even more exceptional.

These weren't just any birds, these were the world famous USAF Thunderbirds, who I read, "have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about."
While Jenny's backyard show was brief, it was still impressive. How very, very cool. By the way, they were off the hill, in Minden, NV for the airshow there. They just took a different way home.
There is always something unique and incredible happening at Lake Tahoe.

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Scenes from 395...

Today, I traversed 521 miles of California with a great deal of that driving being on U.S. Route 395- my favorite stretch of highway.

Since we travel this road so frequently, we have our traditional 'stops'. How fun it was to meet Cowboy Ronald McDonald in Lone Pine.
The town was full of garbed cowfolk, since it was the annual film festival this weekend. If I didn't have such a long drive, I would have moseyed around a bit.
The Fall Colors did not disappoint.

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
-William Cullen Bryant

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Oktoberfest in Carlsbad...

So we spent the day in 88 degree weather for Rotary's 35th Annual Oktoberfest.

Pretzels and sausage and beers oh my!
We have never been to an event where so many people were dressed for the occasion. This was wunderbar!
 Halt deine Lederhosen fest!
-Translation: Hold onto your Lederhosen!
There were some fabulous mustaches, too.

Oh and there was dancing!
We both entered into the costume contest, and while we didn't win, it was fun to be a part of all the festivities.
Ich bin ein Oktoberfester!
Translation: I am an Oktoberfester!

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