Late Fall in Tahoe
Trip Start Nov 04, 2011
1Trip End Nov 07, 2011
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Our short, relaxing weekend on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for Alli's birthday consisted of lakeside fire pits, multi-game parlay bets in the casino, and a lot of sleep.
On Friday, we drove over Mount Rose and into Tahoe, where we headed straight for the lakeside bar and fire pit. We enjoyed a nice birthday dinner in the restaurant next to the fireplace.
On Saturday, we took a ride on the M.S. Dixie across the southern part of the lake and into Emerald Bay. We learned a lot about the lake: it is the second largest Alpine lake in the world; it is 99 percent pure; and the water is so clear that it usually reflects the color of the sky. In the morning it appears pink, blue during a clear day, and silver for most of the time we were there
On Sunday, we ate breakfast at a greasy spoon recommendation, and drove around the north side of the lake into California. We stopped at the Cal-Neva Resort, which used to be a big time Sinatra joint in its heyday. We headed up to the former Olympic town of Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Winter Games (Walt Disney produced the opening ceremony that year). And then we wound up drinking (Chad did) microbrews in the town of Truckee, where we watched some of the Bronco game. Back at the hotel that night, we had another dinner back down by the lake, and because the Tampa Bay Bucs didn't jump offside on 4th and 1, the Saints kicked a field goal, covered the spread, and cost us our five game parlay.
On Monday, we drove back over the pass on a crystal, clear morning. The lake was blue.
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