Mountain Club At Kirkwood Mountain Resort
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It's about seven weeks before we start the Selkirk Tour on Sept 1. Bob is on his Motorcycle scouting the route that we will ride. The pictures he has sent are beautiful. I'm really looking forward to it. Linda and I are staying close to home anticipating our first grandchild around the 6th of August. Maureen, Dick, Bob and I ...
... down into a very steep valley. I was glad when we reached the bottom.
We stopped at a little outdoor restaurant in Lee Vining, CA for lunch and decided how far we wanted to drive for the day. John is worn out with mountain driving, but he decided to drive the extra 2 hours up to Lake Tahoe. It was a nice drive through national forests and ranch land. We drove by Mono Lake, a large, shallow saline soda lake that has volcanic rocks rising above ...
... a worker the town is all owned by one man who owns the surrounding farmland and whose family has been here since the 1850's, who is doing it up. The general store is due to open in a months time while a blank sign outside one of the best homes in town looks ready to be painted as a B&B or some such. Just up the hill from the small hamlet you could see the springs that give the nearby area its greenery and richness.
... miles. We came upon the Baldwin Estate Tallac Museum. It comprised of several preserved homesteads originally settled by "Lucky" Baldwin, a rich entrepreneur from San Francisco. We found out that he founded the Santa Anita Race Track named after his daughter, Anita. Who knew! There was also a section of the museum dedicated to the Washoe Indians who lived there first. We had a lovely lunch at The Beacon - fish and chips and more Rum ...
... for us. With blue to our left and black to our right, we found a gray friendly sky above us, and beautiful scenery around us when we reached the top.
From 10,800 ft up we were able to see Reno, a tiny little city of in the distance. We saw all the mountains around us, all shorter than we stood now. And we saw the massive yet delicate lake Tahoe not far away. We caught our breath, took some pictures and relaxed a bit before pounding our way down the mountain.
4 miles to go ...