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Aug 17, 2017 - South Lake Tahoe

Aug 17, 2017, Just a travel day today, headed to South Lake Tahoe to visit friends from UPS days, Bob and Fran Ragona. In June of 2007, a big wildfire starting from an illegal campfire spread through the South Lake Tahoe area burning 254 homes. One of those homes belonged to Bob and Fran. They have now rebuilt and have a lovely home. Across the street and up on the hill the burned stubs are a frightening reminder of that fire. We had a wonderful visit catching up on old times. Best of luck and our prayers are with Fran and she finishes her...

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Off to Indianapolis

Mar 29, 2017 - Heavenly Lake Tahoe

What's your favorite place you have visited? I get this question a lot. It is a very tough answer. I have been so blessed and witnessed some truly incredible scenery, views, sights, and awe inspiring monuments. I would say I truly don't know what my favorite is, but ok, I'd be lying. Lake Tahoe. It is, as the local ski resort is so aptly named, Heavenly. Me and the pups spent almost 3 weeks in South Lake Tahoe. The lake itself is majestic. It is the 2nd deepest lake in the U.S. and apprises 72 miles around the entire lake. It is home to 12...

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Gypsy Journey

Jun 26, 2016 - Sunset Dinner Cruise

Tonight we went on a Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie on Lake Tahoe. This is a large paddle boat with several levels. We found out when we picked up the tickets we got online that we were on first call. This meant we would be seated for dinner as soon as we boarded the boat. As we boarded at 5:30, we were stopped for the obligatory cheesy picture. We were then told we could pick up a glass of champagne and be shown to our table. There was one other couple already at our table. We quickly shared introductions as we sipped our...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 25, 2016 - Saturday Brunch

On our travels around the lake the last two days, we saw a large electronic billboard advertising brunch on Saturday and Sunday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Sounded good so we headed out around noon today. We parked in the self parking and were later surprised to find out there was no fee. Woohoo! This is more a hotel and casino than a Hard Rock Café. We had to walk thru the casino which was not as big as I expected. The restaurant was at the very back. I think we had more of a buffet in mind. This was a sit down place your order kind...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 24, 2016 - Around the Lake

We headed back up Highway 50 on the east side of Lake Tahoe but this time we took Highway 28 instead of staying on 50 to Carson City. As we approached Kings Beach on the top of the lake we both felt like we saw some things that looked familiar. We decided to stop to take some pictures and for ice cream and were able to enjoy our treats on the patio which meant Ranger was able to stay with us. We saw a few RVs in an area that could have been where we stayed in 1983, but when we went back to check it out we realized in was more a storage area...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 23, 2016 - Up the east side of Lake Tahoe

Yesterday we headed east to the Tahoe Valley RV Resort in South Lake Tahoe, California. This is an Encore Thousand Trails park set in a pine forest. It is the kind of park you think of when camping is involved. It reminds me of camping at a state park in East Texas. When we finally maneuvered our fifth wheel thru the obstacle course of tall pines while avoiding the cement picnic table and leaving enough room for slide outs (quite the juggling act I must say), we were able to set up. Having paid for a premium site we were a little...

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Headed West 2016

Jul 27, 2015 - South Lake Tahoe Part 2

I said a couple of days and it has been almost a week but there has been adventure on the road, which we will get to later. The Sullivan Family Reunion is an awesome experience in terms of love and trust. We all know one another and we move from conversation and activity without hesitation or anxiety. My sons had not seen most of their aunts since the 2010 reunion but with Facebook and the family calendar everyone just hugs and joins in without a missed step. In my last post a mentioned Tom and Rio and the fact that Rio chewed a hole in...

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Jul 24, 2015 - South Lake Tahoe Part 1

I have decided to do Tahoe in 2 pieces because I do not have access to some of the photos until we get to Kanab, UT. Our target for this trip was South Lake Tahoe, CA and the Sullivan Family Reunion 2015. The reunion takes place every 5 years. We did not go to the first one which was in Tahoe in 1980. Patrick and I started going in 1985. In 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000 we were in South Lake Tahoe. In 2006 (Tom’s mom died in 2005 so it was postponed) we were on the Sacramento River near Rio Vista, CA (this one included a wedding of one of our...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Day 1

We left the house this morning around 1030 hours and headed east and Highway 50. We are going to visit a very dear family that now live in South Lake Tahoe. WE will stay in South Lake for two nights before heading to Sparks, Nevada where we will spend two nights and then visit a friend and colleague of Ross' who just moved to Sparks a week or so ago from Birmingham, Alabama. Traffic was moderate most of the way with the only slow areas being on the western side of the mountains where the motorhome lugged down as we climbed to summit and...

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2015 New York Trip

Sep 10, 2014 - Sonoma to South Lake Tahoe

September 10, 2014 It is hard to believe that we have started our 6th 2-month Roadtrek trip. I swear it seems like a brand new adventure the first day as we adjust to our “rig” routine. By the time we packed the house it was 10:30 before we left home. Stopped in Vacaville at the Camping World to pick up some supplies and then no stopping until we reached a rest area west of Truckee for lunch. Bob chose not to take Hwy 50 from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe ( a shorter route) because he wanted to drive down the east side of Lake Tahoe....

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Oct 10, 2012 - Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, October 2-5

South Lake Tahoe, California, October 2-5 When Frank was working, he once had a conference in Reno, only some 40 miles from Lake Tahoe. We were unable to make the short trip because at that time, we couldn’t afford it. Well, we made it a point to visit Lake Tahoe on this trip to make up for that close miss back then. Turns out we spent the money we didn’t have back then and a bit more here. And it was too bad because the place was gorgeous. The ride from San Francisco was not long but as we have encountered in so many places in the West,...

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Jun 24, 2012 - Time to move on

Our time in the Napa Valley area has been wonderful, Napa is a pretty town with many things to do. Of course Trader Joe's was visited several times, Whole Foods was right next door. Saturday we toured several wineries, one was Domaine Chandon who produces mostly champagne, beautiful grounds. There are so many you couldn't possibly visit them all, fortunately we went early, the crowds and traffic really increase after about 1. We had lunch at Rutherford's Grill food delicious with an unusual menu. Today we rode the ferry from Vallejo to San...

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West trip 2012

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