Lake Tahoe - Brrrrrrrrrrr it's cold.!!!

Trip Start Nov 16, 2008
Trip End Feb 07, 2009

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Lake Tahoe - Brrrrrr it's cold........and one Brilliant BLONDE moment!!

What a stunning place.........simply took our breath away as soon as we started driving down the valley into the South lake tahoe.... could only imagine what the views would be like when we got to the top of the mountain......

Ever since we arrived in Reno we knew this was going to be a wicked skiing break...... even the gambling tables and fruit machines lined up all over the airport weren't going to put us off!   Well, Reno is supposed to be the mini Las Vegas..... and mini it was..... you could blink and miss it......only because of all the neon signs.... made my eyes blink...!!

Anyway we weren't staying in Reno so we jumped on a coach and an hour and a half later we were in Lake Tahoe.  Having been told by the bus driver that they had just had 3 feet of snow in the few days previous I was chomping at the bit to get up the mountain.  Misha some what a little apprehensive but she was effectively learning skiing for the first time!

Checked in our Condo...hee hee... yep CONDO, and then headed out to pick up boots and ski's (well I just had to buy a new pair..... now I have two pairs haha... sorry Uni joke) and some food from the local supermarket.  I was in my element going after all of the old American food I used to love.....!!  Whatever calories we managed to burn off on the slopes we were going to put on with junk food!! YUM YUM!!!!

I have to mention one of the yummiest meals we have ever had, not just on honeymoon, but I mean ever......!!!
Two words.... NAKED FISH!!!   Oh my was the scummiest sushi restaurant that we both have ever been to..... even Nobu in London can't compete!!  We loved it soooo much that we went back again on our last meal in Tahoe.

Tahoe has kind of a ranchey feel to it and the vastness of the place completely makes you feel that you are in the wilderness but at the same time being part of a small town community.  Everyone is soooo friendly and goes out of their way to help you or direct you somewhere.  We heard so much about Lake Tahoe from many people who compare it to skiing at Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.  Having been to Lake Louise my expectations were set fairly high!   The only things that didn't seem to fit into the place were the huge hotels and casinos that were over on the state line.  Lake Tahoe has a state border running through it and on California side it was wooden lodges and low rise buildings.... on the Nevada side it was 10 storey hotels with large casinos on the ground floor....... and just as we headed out to visit one of the casinos........there was a Blonde moment by Marisha...!!!    "Mike, shouldn't we bring our passports if we are going into Nevada?!?"  
As you can imagine.... I couldn't stop laughing!!!!  Soooo so so funny!!  Bless!!

Next day we ventured off up to the top of the mountain on the High speed Gondola.....  It was one of those mountains where it seems to go on forever and just when you are thinking that you are nearing the top.... there's another final peak for the Gondola to navigate.... well I say navigate.... it's not like you can steer a Gondola!! 

When we finally hit the top we took one look back and then WHAM!!!!!!  No... not wake me up before you go go.... but the views.......simply some of the most stunning scenery we have ever seen.....  Nothing prepares you for understanding how big the actual Lake in Tahoe is!!  It's huge and also one of the deepest Lakes in the world!!

We had 6 days of enjoying the views and fresh air where time simply flew by.....  I don't think even a year of skiing would ever tire us from the beauty.  It was kind of weird as on one side of the valley (California side) you saw mountains and the Lake.... on the other side (Nevada side) you could just see arid yellow and brown land with mountains surrounding..... a complete contrast of views!!   Misha took to ski's like a duck to water and was soon tearing the slopes up..... well..... as much as one could possibly tear up at 10 mph!! hee hee!

We left Lake Tahoe wanting more.....needing more..... it was the one place we could both just look at each other and say nothing but realise we could be happy and settled here!!! Ah well maybe one day.... onwards to San Fran before getting back to blighty!!  Boooooo!!!!
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