Bliss & More with Dave & Barb

Our friends are here from Idaho and today was our day to play in Tahoe together.

Barb wanted to take us on a trail we haven't explored before so off we headed to DL Bliss State Park and its Lighthouse Trail.

In 1916, the US Congress approved funds to create lamps along Lake Tahoe. Construction of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse took place in 1919. It was originally one of four lighthouses and was built for around $900. In 1921, a new lighthouse was constructed in Sugar Point State Park and this one was abandoned. Interestingly, the Rubicon Point Lighthouse was acetylene-powered. Two 300-gallon tanks of the fuel would be brought to Emerald Point every day and then taken up by mule or wagon. Maintaining the lighthouse was expensive, and this appears to be the reason why it was abandoned fairly quickly. Over the years it has deteriorated to the point that many people mistake it for an outhouse, sadly. It does have a very special distinction. Rubicon Point's Lighthouse has the highest elevation of any lighthouse on a navigable body of water in the world. It stands 6,300 feet above sea level, at a point where it could be seen from most places around the lake. I am so glad we finally hiked to see this unique piece of Lake Tahoe history.
The vistas were stunning.

Before heading home we had to get our feet into the lake. A must... always!
We ended our day having dinner at their site in Campground by the Lake. The idyllic setting for an evening with friends.
"You get guys around a campfire,
and they start telling their stories.
That's the fellowship that they want to be in."
-John Eldredge

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Bowling Valhalla Style...

This year, for our volunteer dress up bowling party, we got to choose our own decade... we chose the Roaring 20s...and roaring it was!

We actually took the prize for the Best Costumed Couple.
This is from their website, "Valhalla Tahoe is a volunteer based nonprofit organization.  We have a very small paid staff and rely heavily on our small army of committed volunteers.  It’s a wonderful community of folks and we would love your help too!  There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from including festival and special event staff, restoration projects, landscaping, office support and much more!" Maybe next summer you can join in all the fun with us.
Our boss Evangeline rocked my favorite decade... the 80s.
No, this is not how Diana normally bowls. We were given special challenges in order to equalize the playing field. Believe it or not, some of us rose above those challenges and bowled even better than usual.
Check out Bob's between the legs form. So dang fun.
Is this an awesome group of caring, fun people or what? This was truly a wonderful evening with wonderful people. I can't wait until next year!

"Those who can, do.
Those who can do more, volunteer."

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Round Hill Pines Resort...

Our plans to spend the day with Lee and Margaret weren't firmed up until she suggested the same itinerary I had come with as well... like minds!

We met at Kahle Park and strolled through Rabe Meadow and on to the very historic, original and defunct Round Hill Pines Resort. The Round Hill Pines Resort opened for the summer season in 1951. Amenities included a beach terrace, heated pool, professional tennis court, badminton, tether ball, volleyball, fishing in Bourne Lake, a driving range, a private beach and dock, and a boat slip rental.

Motel units were constructed in 1956. By the summer of 1963, when the resort was operated by Stephen Bourne, the resort had increased to 30 units, including housekeeping cottages, and operated from June 15 to September 15.

Surprising to us, the resort continued in operation ONLY until 1969, when sewer improvements forced its closure. Can you believe it has been closed almost 50 years and only opened for 18? I find that incredibly hard to believe.
In 1984, the property was purchased by the USDA National Forest Service for $8,950,000. Since that time, only the beach area of the resort has been used, leased to a concessionaire for day use. This was our ultimate destination.

This was a spectacular setting for dining with friends.
Life IS better at the Lake!

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Exploring Lake Tahoe...

At 7:30 AM we were gathered by Bob and Jenny for a fabulous day of fun! On the itinerary: birding, hiking, laughing, picnicking, and so much more.

Jenny had discovered a new trail and we were all eager to explore it. Note the attire. It was 37° when we started. Brrr.

Our first stop was at Chimney Beach. This beach is named after the stone chimney that still remains on the lakeshore, a remnant of the caretaker's cabin that once stood there (once part of the Whittell estate).

Bob and Jenny were on a mission to find the Canyon Wren.
It did not take long for these birding sleuths to find their treasure. This little guy was a sweet bird with an unforgettable song.

Secret Cove is a beautiful 'hidden' beach where clothing is optional and the locals keep it pristine. We may return here one day and promise not to blog the photos we take that day.
Beauty was everywhere.

“To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it.
It was that day when the end of summer
intersects perfectly with the start of fall.”
– Ann Patchett

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Sample the Sierra: What a Blast!

To officially celebrate, belatedly, our 31st wedding anniversary, we strolled to our local park for Lake Tahoe's largest farm-to-fork festival, the 9th Annual Sample the Sierra.

On a beautiful, sunny day, we meandered for hours, delighting in it all.
 "Sample the Sierra brings together the South Shore's top eateries and locally sourced ingredients with the region's finest breweries, wineries and spirits. The event also features live music, local artisans and craft-makers, and the annual Sierra Chef Challenge!"
Taylor Flynn's Mountain Brews got Steve's vote for the best beer and believe me, the competition was plentiful.

The food was unique and exceptional. Everyone outdid themselves. Wow.

We both loved the Chef Challenge. Four of the top culinary talents in South Lake Tahoe cooked their little hearts out. It was a gastronomic extravaganza. This chopped-style cooking competition entertained and tantalized. Way, way cool.

One of the vendors was the ├╝ber talented, Coco Foy. Steve bought me my new favorite necklace from her.
This is how we ended our day... relaxing on the lawn listening to the wonderful music of Worn Out Welcome, a South Shore string band.

This was one of those events that makes us so appreciative of all our community does. We could not have had a better day. AWESOMENESS.

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A Pirate Looks at 69...

We all gathered to wish our friend, Steve, a very happy birthday...

...with a delicious dinner, pumpkin pie and a pirate theme. Arrr!
 ♪♫ Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho. ♫♪
♪♫ We also play dice me 'earties, yo ho! ♫♪
"Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate.
Then always be a pirate."

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