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  • Day38

    Homeward bound - Lake Tahoe, NV

    November 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Although a large portion of the day was spent driving between gorgeous mountain regions (actually drove behind Yosemite) we were able to make a single stop. Lake Tahoe is shared between both California and Nevada. We first stopped at a local brewery on the Californian side for some brews. Then hopped over the state line to Nevada Beach. It was a huge beautiful beach, definitely a place to be in the summer.Read more

  • Day4

    Leaving San Francisco

    September 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We left San Francisco by way of Point Reyes. The road was winding and I felt car sick, but the ocean view at the end was beautiful. Chris and I unfortunately did not get to see the highest point (Lisa and Judith did, however), because Theo didnt want to stay in the hiking backpack for too long.

    We left Point Reyes later than expected, so ended up having ‘In n Out’ burger for our late lunch/early dinner. Theo ate a whole mini cheeseburger on his own! He’s been eating quite a lot this trip and I have the feeling he’s grown a lot. Many service people we’ve met so far are so shocked at how tall he is for his age.

    We arrived in Sacramento at 8:30pm. We only stayed one night, but the Airbnb was really comfortable and clean and the hosts were very friendly :)

    We’ve now arrived at our cabin in South Lake Tahoe and the drive here was already so beautiful. At one stage we reached 7000ft above sea level. It’s quite cold here (18 degrees celsius), but we’re all really excited to go hiking and be in nature soon.
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  • Day6

    Lake Tahoe

    September 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Theo woke up at 6:30am - I guess he wakes up with the sun. The morning was hectic, trying to figure out what hikes would be possible with Theo and generally what to do with our day. We got into our cars at around 10:30am, and Theo fell asleep within 15mins.

    We drove up towards Emerald Bay, and there we found a tiny creek where Theo could put his feet in. It made me so happy to see him enjoy himself. It was also very sunny there, so we were able to tan a little bit.

    Lisa and Judith then left us to go on a separate hike that would’ve been too difficult for Theo. Instead, Chris, Theo and i did another tiny walk down towards a viewing point for Emerald Bay and then went to have lunch. We ate Mexican food and it was reaaaally tasty. Theo like the burrito salad more than the tacos.

    After we had lunch, we went to a quiet beach called Pope Beach. It cost $10 entry fee, and we were only there for 1 hour, but I reaaaally wanted to go for a swim. The water was surprisingly much, much warmer than we had expected. It was cold, but still manageable. Theo really loved playing with the sand and water too, and it really filled my heart with joy to see him by the water. It was too cold for him though, and now we’re a bit worried that he might get sick. Somehow, we’ll manage.

    Before heading home, we all tried to go crawdad fishing (a type of local crayfish) but we’re very, ver unsuccessful. We were looking forward to having home cooked seafood, but instead we’re eating eggs with toast.. which is not so bad 🤷🏽‍♀️

    Chris and I get the feeling that Theo’s mood is affected a lot by the change in routine. He’s often having to sit in the car or wait inside a store and it seems that the lack of physical activity is really making him grumpy and impatient. We plan on trying to cater to his physical needs more so that he feels more normal again.

    Tomorrow we drive to Yosemite national park, and it’s a 5 hour drive. We likely won’t have any reception there, so I’ll update the blog once we’re in Santa Cruz.
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    Tim Hype

    Wow. Everything is special beautiful there. Thanks for sharing everything with us

    9/10/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    Lake Tahoe

    October 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Unser Tagesziel: Einmal um den Lake Tahoe fahren. Der See grenzt an zwei Bundesstaaten, Nevada und Kalifornien.
    Wir halten an wunderschönen Aussichtspunkten, erfreuen uns an der Sonne, schauen uns das Haus vom "Paten" an. Abends gönnen wir uns einen leckeren Pizzaabend im Base Camp.Read more

  • Day23

    23. Tag - Surprise, surprise

    November 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Heute ging der Wecker mal wieder früher. Um 06.15 Uhr riss er uns aus dem Schlaf. Für Frühstück war auch keine Zeit, denn wir wollten pünktlich um 7.00 Uhr auschecken und uns auf den Weg in unseren letzten Ort vor der Heimreise machen.
    Wir fuhren direkt zum Emerald Bay am Lake Tahoe. Von dort aus gingen wir einen kleinen Pfad hinunter zum Wasser.
    Weil wir aber von unserer Wanderung vom Vortag noch nicht genug hatten, gingen wir einen Trail, der eine Aussicht über den kompletten See versprach. Und dazu mussten wir hoch hinaus. Als wir endlich oben waren, waren wir erschöpft aber auch glücklich und stolz, dass wir es geschafft haben. Der grandiose Ausblick über den See entschädigte den steilen Aufstieg.
    Nur haben wir hier auch wieder keinen Bären gesehen.
    Nachdem wir nach insgesamt 13 Kilometern wieder am Auto angekommen waren, fuhren wir zu unserer Unterkunft für eine Nacht, die uns überrascht hat.
    Der Herr des Hauses hat uns sofort zu Wein und selbstgemachten, leckeren Snacks eingeladen. Damit hatten wir nicht gerechnet.
    Da wir den ganzen Tag aber noch nichts gegessen hatten, mussten wir nochmal in den Ort, der im Winter ein Ski-Urlaubsgebiet ist. Auf Empfehlung unseres Gastgebers aßen wir super leckere Nudeln im Restaurant direkt neben der Gondel.
    Danach ließen wir den Abend entspannt im Jacuzzi an unserem Hotel ausklingen und freuen uns auf eine kuschelige Nacht im Bett vor dem Kamin.
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  • Day20

    Day 20 - A Celebration at Lake Tahoe

    May 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We got up at sensible hour (having survived the night!), showered, breakfasted etc then hit the road around 10.00am. We were on a mission to get a nice scenic spot for about midday to have a video WhatsApp with my parents & the rest of my family who were rudely celebrating my Mother’s 80th Birthday without us!

    Our planned scenic spot was Emerald Bay State Park on the west side of Lake Tahoe. We took I-80 westwards until we reached the California State Line & a California Border Protection Station. We were stopped & asked to produce what fruit & veg we had on board. Jackie went in to our kitchen area & returned with a handful of apples, oranges & assorted mixed salad. The guard was only interested in the oranges for inspection & gave them the all clear.

    I exchanged pleasantries with him, then accelerated away. Unfortunately I had forgotten that Jackie was returning the greens to the open fridge & she lurched forward banging her head on the sink (& possibly swallowing a bag of 3 oranges).

    After Truckee, we turned left towards Lake Tahoe on Route 89, a fantastically scenic drive following the Truckee River to Tahoe City & the shore of Lake Tahoe. Of note : we noticed that unlead fuel prices were now double what they were in St Louis.

    We travelled south down the western shore of Lake Tahoe admiring the grand houses on the lake shore. We stopped at a scenic spot for a selfie on the pebble beach. The water was crystal clear, sparkled silver & in the background mountains were snow capped. We could & should have stayed here all day.

    We arrived at Emerald Bay only to find the area had been infested with Japanese or Chinese tourists. Every available parking spot was taken up by them & there was no chance of us squeezing in our RV. So regrettably we continued southwards straining our necks to admire the views as best as we could as we drove along.

    Eventually we arrived in South Lake Tahoe still on the California side amongst its low-rise motels & followed the lake round, but stopped short of crossing back into Nevada. We were now conscious of the time & were looking for anywhere suitable to have our WhatsApp video call with a relatively scenic backdrop.

    We drove round & round & ended up parking in a Safeway supermarket. Evidently, Lake Tahoe doesn’t cater for RVers. We sneaked out of the ‘customer only’ car park & wandered along the southern end for a suitable broadcast stop. We found it, a rocky beach that was empty of other people, because it was quite an ordeal to get to.

    With a few minutes to spare we donned our happy birthday tiaras & practiced with our non-tooting tooters. I caught a Japanese tourist taking a photo of us dressed up in our party outfits. At 1.00pm, we received the video call & we burst into our rendition of Happy Birthday. For 10 minutes we had a long distance (exactly 5,218 mile) video call with my Mother & whole family who were tucking into the finest food at the Spread Eagle Hotel In Midhurst, whist Jackie & I made do with a cheese & bovril roll!!

    After what I think & hope was a successful video call, we put away our tiaras, & strolled along to El Dorado Beach or patch of sand. It was full of Hispanics having bbqs, so we didn’t stay long & decided to head out to our next campground.

    We picked up Highway 50 & almost immediately we were stopped again at a California Border Protection Station. I informed the guard that we had been stopped earlier & he was only interested in our oranges. The guard asked to see our oranges, but said he wanted to have a look in our fridge as well. This is where things went downhill!

    I turned to open up the side door & accidentally leant on the horn, making everyone including myself jump out of our skins. We let the guard into our RV & then went to retrieve the oranges for him. For the next 5 minutes plus, we hunted high & low looking for 3 oranges in a bag. It was embarrassing to say the least. I kept apologising to the guard & got more annoyed with Jackie for not remembering where she put them. In the end, the bored guard had had enough & said that he trusted us & sent us on our way. (At the time of writing, we still haven’t located the oranges 🍊 & I’m now wondering if I left the 1st guard still holding them when I sped off).

    Now not talking, we climbed up into the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. After the summit we had the most enjoyable drive down the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We descended some 4000 feet on a meandering road flanked by pine trees & a fast flowing river. We passed through the villages of Kyburz, Pollock Pines, Camino & the town of Placerville before arriving at our campground.

    What a lovely surprise the Placerville KOA turned out to be. A nice grassy campground out in the countryside & our allocated spot was secluded, sunny & overlooking fields & woods. We got our washing sorted, then spent the remainder of the afternoon sitting in our camp chairs sunbathing. We have made the decision to do nothing tomorrow, but sunbathe, as it promises to be a sweltering ☀️😎 27 degrees.

    FITBIT = 7,941 steps / 3.69 miles.

    Song of the Day - Celebrate by An Emotional Fish.

    Bonus Songs of the Day :-

    Lake Tahoe Eyes by little hurricane
    Happy Birthday by Altered Images
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    David Byng

    Love Tahoe, great place , did you manage to get to the High Chaparral ranch set ? or to the house filmed in the Bodyguard ?

    5/12/19Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    I wish you’d reminded me beforehand. I remember passing High Chaparral, but it didn’t dawn on me & the Bodyguard house is on Fallen Leaf Lake. The western shore was stunning!

    5/12/19Reply
     
  • Day30

    Rafting (japanese)

    July 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    今日は初めてラフチングをしました。私は楽しみでした。ラフトは4人乗りで、私達の先生はアイバンでした。どうしてアイバン?その答えはアイバンが一番経験がある先生だからです。私達が乗った時、蒸し暑かったです。けれど、川の中は16度ぐらいで上小川小学校のプールより冷たかったです。川に2回入りました。川に入ったら、すずしくなりました。アイバンがパドルを前/後ろて言って、私達が前/後ろをしました。2・3・ラピドがありました。1は全然怖くなかったです。これだけか。。と思って、ガーンてなりました。2はちょっとこわかったです。3の時はコナーと私が一番前にいて、ママとダデイが後ろでパドルをしました。3ラピドのジョーズ🦈の落ちる所が怖くて、川の水が入ってきて、はがガタガタなって、鳥肌が立っていました!!ジョーズ🦈の後のピンボールは全然怖くなかったです。ジョーズが一番こわかったです。
    本物のジョーズ(シャーク)にガブリとたべられるのが嫌です。ぎゃー😱
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    ちょっとー、まや!英語に比べて短過ぎじゃ!😂

    7/16/17Reply
     
  • Day23

    Lake Tahoe, Kalifornien

    September 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Heute morgen noch etwas bedrückt wegen der Wohnungsvermietungsgeschichte zuhause.Wenn doch endlich jd. ein Zimmer noch mietet! Immi ist es wohl auch etwas nervig. - Auch das Wetter war gestern mies, Regen und kalt wie in Deutschland und für 3 Tage Gewitter angesagt. Aber es wurde besser, wir machten uns auf den Weg und bekamen den Tipp zur Emerald Bay zu fahren. Im Visitor Center meinten sie da wäre ein Trail, 10 miles, aber könnte man ja abkürzen. Blick auf die Emerald Bucht, einen Kanuverleih gab es auch und es ging bergauf und bergab am wunderschönen Lake Tahoe zuletzt entlang. Welch ein schöner Trail. Ich badete am Ende doch in dem angeblich eiskalten Wasser. Danach einen neuen Bikinis im Ausverkauf im Sportshoph erstanden. Ich war schon wieder voll unterzuckert. Dringend einen Supermarkt aufgesucht, da konnte man am Buffet sich für 8$ Essen in einer Riesenbox zusammenstellen lassen. Dabei gutes gesundes Essen, sonst sind die Supermärkte aber recht teuer. Auf dem Rückweg gewitterte es heftig, kamen am Hotel ca. 17:30 an.Read more

    Heike Schwarz

    die Emerald Bay mit Insel und Castle

    9/13/17Reply
    Heike Schwarz

    Bomben Essen im Supermarkt

    9/13/17Reply
     
  • Day29

    カヤック

    July 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    今日は、6時に起きました。カヤックに行くからです。私はプリンスビルランチでカヤックをしたことがあります。けれど、今日は、レイクタホの広い湖でカヤックができて良かったです。朝は気温が低くて鳥肌がたつほど寒かったです!!!レイクタホのカヤックは2人乗りカヤックでした。私とダデイが青いカヤックに乗って、ママとコナーは赤いカヤックに乗りました。レイクタホの深さは世界で10番目です!(一番深いところで500m) 4キロぐらいカヤックをしたところで、大きい家が見えました。ガイドのショーンが、お金持ちのウィットルさんという人が1900年代に2000エーカーの土地を買って、そこで象を飼って住んでいた、と教えてくれました。ウィットルさんは1969年に亡くなりましたが、その後家族が ネバダ州にその土地と家を売ったそうです。今は、そこで結婚式などのイベントができるそうです。まどを見たら、
    ウイットルさんのゆうれい👻が見えるかもしれません、、、
    その後チムニービーチにというビーチにつきました。チムニービーチまでにやく5kmだそうです。そこで、ちょっとビーチで遊んでから、またもとのところまでカヤックをして帰りました。帰ってら、10kmカヤックして帰ったら、運動できたので嬉しかったです。けれど、日焼け止めをなんどもぬったのに、ひやけしました。:(
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    Mika Fitzgerald

    こなあカヤックずいぶん乗ったね 漕ぎ方上手だね。日差しが強いんだねたくましくなったでしょう(笑)

    7/14/17Reply
    Mika Fitzgerald

    byぶうちゃん

    7/14/17Reply
    Caoilainn Dave Eilís

    😂

    7/15/17Reply
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  • Day10

    Yosemite - Tioga - Tahoe

    October 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Nachdem wir zum übernachten nochmal aus dem Park raus gefahren waren, sind wir heute morgen wieder rein und ziemlich zielstrebig Richtung Tioga Pass durch. Zwischendurch haben wir gelegentlich gestoppt und uns kurz die Füße vertreten. Im Tioga Lake (glasklarer Kletscher-See) kurz gebadet und zwischendurch noch ein Pärchen aus Frankreich geknipst.

    Mittagessen kurz vor Lee Vining an einer Art Rasthof. Burger... und Souvenirs

    Dann auf der Suche nach was zu kaufen (Kühlschrank auffüllen) weiter Richtung Lake Tahoe. Kurz vorm Ziel in South Lake Tahoe fanden wir noch einen Safeway, wo wir uns erst mal wieder etwas eingedeckt haben und nach Rückfrage an der Kasse auch unser Nachtlager auf dem Parkplatz aufschlugen.
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    Klaus-Werner Schneider

    Kommena a ande BonanzaRanch vorbei? Die is doch am Lake Tahoe.

    10/18/18Reply
    Oliver Keller

    Schicke Franzosen...

    10/18/18Reply
    Bine 1970

    Cool da oben, gelle ?

    10/19/18Reply
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