stillhowlyn's travels 2007 travel blog

The drive up the mountains!

Daniel gets "big air" on the saucer run!

Precious! Wendy & Christina

Noelle prepares a snowball!

Grandpa and the girls!

Norm is such a kid!

Clint hanging out with Elmo & Grover!

Dad & daughter, Stephanie

Three generations!

And that would be "moi"!

Daddy & Bina

With Uncle Gary

Bogart Family Portrait

Terri, Daniel, Noelle & Christina

Dreaming of white sandy beaches!

Snow Angels!

We do eat well!

Dudes!

Cute couple!

Happy New Year to All!


The weather in Sacramento had turned cold and sloppy which is not conducive to motorhome living. Patches of mildew were sprouting in dark places and we amused ourselves with browsing the Weather Channel for Caribbean locations and doing a bit of complaining! O.K. Beth and Chris (of Kauai timeshare fame), what can you pull out of the hat this year?

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with Stevi and Gary. On Christmas Eve she fixed a tasty fondue spread with dips and candies and cookies, homemade, of course, and had a few friends over. On Christmas Day there was another feast of roast pork with fig sauce and all the trimmings with grandson, Rob joining us. We stuffed ourselves and exclaimed how great it is now to have the kids fixing for us as we sit on the couch and watch football.

On December 27th we departed for a week to our rented Tahoe cabin with all the family joining us. There will be 11 of us total: Howard and I, Norm, Wendy, Noelle & Christina, Terri, Clint & Daniel, Stevi & Gary. The drive up to Donner Summit was beautiful with all the trees and countryside covered with snow and the weather conditions mostly clear with a few snow flurries. The "cabin" is very accommodating with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and loft. There are two areas with entertainment centers so the adults and youngun's can watch their respective TV/videos of choice.

Our cabin location is just a few miles off I-80 in the town of Truckee. Shopping and all conveniences are just a short distance away and several ski resorts, Boreal, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, within a 20 minute drive. There is a small ski area here in Tahoe Donner as well as a club house for residents and guests that has indoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and saunas. We will need to soak our cold, achy bones before we leave.

Daniel and Noelle (both 12) spend a lot of time on Grandma's computer checking out their My Space (with supervision) when not outside sledding or saucering. And, yes, the adults are all out there too, reuniting with their "inner child" and wrestling with each other and instigating snow ball fights. I plead for restraint wielding my camera as a defense and then couldn't stand it anymore and dragged a saucer up the ramp and off I go. Then Howard had to try it. We had so much fun! The rear of the house has a ready-made trail perfect for sledding into the woods. The snow is probably 3 feet deep at this point with temps high of 37 and low of 17 degrees. We keep the wood-burning stove fired up most of the time.

We had a plan of sorts for meals with each family preparing for one day and left-overs and snacking filling in the others. Howard and I fixed a turkey one night so had lots of good left-overs for lunches. Norm and Wendy brought up ham then Clint fixed a big pot of white beans with the ham bone and some great linguisa thrown in. Stevi and Gary brought lasagna fixings plus lots of snacks, candies, and breakfast muffins to go with the eggs, bacon, potatoes, bagels, salmon and the list goes on. So with all this, we decided on tri-tip tonight which Norm will barbecue on our snow covered deck!

Today is New Year's Eve and the plan is to hopefully stay awake until midnight. Stevi and Gary are fixing their lasagna tonight, then maybe a movie or games, more snacks, watch Times Square from New York and, if we make it, celebrate Wendy's birthday which is Jan. 1st. The champagne is chilling and we have a cake ordered for the occasion.

We will be leaving on Friday heading south for hopefully warmer climes, though reports from various AZ. locations don't sound very promising right now. We so look forward to meeting up with a lot of you in the near future. We send our love and very best wishes to all our dear friends near and far for a Very Happy New Year!

This will conclude our 2007 Trip Journal but look for us to continue the journey in 2008!



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