Sorry for my absence…I took a much needed and very awesome vacation to Lake Tahoe with my family a few weeks ago. When I came home, I was greeted with an insanely busy month filled projects, meetings, deadlines, and traveling. But I’m finally getting around to sharing some of my vacation. And it’s in two parts. Yes!
I’ve been going to South Lake Tahoe with my family just about every summer that I can ever remember. My parents bought a time share a long time ago (think totally 80′s ski resort. So, awesome.) and we have a lot of great childhood memories there. This was the first summer in 4 years that all my sisters could go so I was pretty excited!
My three sisters and I filled my Jetta Sportwagen and drove north up the 395, following the eastern side of the Sierras through a weird summer storm. After lots of Beyonce dance parties, we arrived and I promptly went on my first real trail run to get the blood flowing in my legs once again. I ended up at a lookout with a really wide view of the lake and surrounding forest. It made me wish that I lived closer to some good, mountainy trails.
The next day, the whole Auda crew hiked down in to Emerald Bay to Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style mansion built in the 1920s. We picnicked on the lake and then enjoyed walking the beautiful grounds. I kept imagining what the process of building the house was and what it would’ve been like to live in that location almost 100 years ago.
We spent the entire following day at one of our favorite spots at a smaller lake above Tahoe that is accessed only by a hike. Our time was divided between lounging, SUPing, swimming, playing Scrabble, reading, and enjoying fresh lemonade on a small beach in front of a sheer mountainside. Basically the best things in life.
After a morning of sleeping in and relaxing, we spent the afternoon floating down the Truckee River. With legs dangled over the edge of the raft, we slowly drifted under towering pines stopping every so often, when the water would get deep, to pause and take a dip.
Next on the list was Round Hill Pines–our favorite beach. Days there are spent swimming, reading, swimming, soaking up the sun, and more swimming. Might I add that it was swimming in the clearest fresh water ever? Oh, and it was pretty cold. But also refreshing and invigorating to dive in to the chilled temperatures. Every time I jumped in I would have to mentally prepare. And then just go for it. There’s no easing in to water that cold.
Being in the mountains is so refreshing. Especially these mountains. Mornings were spent sipping coffee, just me and the trees. Days were spent exploring. I was Trying to soak every minute in, but the days flew by way faster than I wanted them to.
More photos to come later this week!