Archive | July, 2005

Scenic Flight Over Lake Tahoe

29 Jul

Today was an amazing day. A friend and I were treated to a scenic flight with Advantage Flight Solutions in a Cessna Turbo 206 plane over Reno and Lake Tahoe. Our pilot was Jon McNamara, who not only was an excellent pilot from my judgement (flight was smoother than most commercial airlines!), but he was very knowledgable on the area geography and sites.

We took off heading South from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and we then headed towards Mt. Rose, where we could clearly see the ski runs, including my favorite — the Chutes! We then popped over the rim into the Lake Tahoe basin, where we flew South via the East Shore, curved around over South Shore, and then headed back via the West Shore, then north of Lake Tahoe into the mountains and over the Truckee River, and back into Reno.

The views were so incredible… It’s really hard to put it into words. Let me tell you, if you want to see some of the most beautiful geography in the world, you really need to take this tour! I was amazed at how much more you could see in a small aircraft versus a commercial plane. You can get so much closer to the mountains and the lake that you can really make out the details of what you’re looking at.

I just can’t say enough positive things about this experience. Hence, if a picture says 1000 words, view this slide show for an entire novel’s worth of descriptions of how beautiful Reno-Tahoe is!

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If you don’t want to view the entire show, here are a couple of pics:

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You Know You Live In Nevada When…

28 Jul

You know you live in Nevada when you hear rain on the roof of your office, and everyone bounds out of their chairs to go to the window and look at the rain. We recently had a cloudburst — the first rain we’ve had since probably May — and there were about 15 people crowded around the closest window to look at the rain.

While we were all looking at the rain, a man who isn’t from around here asked how long the rain would last, because he didn’t want to run out into the downpour to get to his car. We laughed, saying it would only last a few minutes, but that it was a truly exciting event for us.

It gave a welcome break to our heat wave!

You’ve Got Mail!

28 Jul

All morning, my Google alert at the bottom of my monitor has proudly been proclaiming each time I receive new messages. Right now, there are ten unread messages in my gmail account. However, gmail has been down all day, so I know I have new messages, but cannot access them. I’m finding this extremely irritaing! Don’t taunt me if I can’t read them!!!

Baring It All

27 Jul

On Sunday, JB and I decided that we wanted to hike to a lake. In the Sierras, the only problem with that plan is choosing what hiking trail and which lake you want to go to.

We settled on a hike to Marlette Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the Sierras. (Side note: during a complete brain lapse, the hubby asked, “what is the largest alpine lake in the Sierras?” Well, duh, that would be LAKE TAHOE!)

Anyway, we packed up the Black Dog Club and drove to the trail head at Spooner Lake off of Highway 50. We parked at Spooner, and then began the 5 mile hike to Marlette Lake.

The trail was really wide and sandy, making for a nice hiking surface. It was easy rolling hills for about 4 miles, but let me tell you, that fifth mile was a pretty challenging hill! By the time we made it to the lake, it was around 5:00 pm, and I was hot and ready for a dip in Marlette Lake.

I hadn’t seen anyone on the trail for quite a while, and since the only way to reach Marlette Lake is via hiking or mountain biking, there was no one there.

Or so I thought.

I had brought my swim suit, but in a truly Adventurous moment, I decided that I was going to be one with nature and go au natural.

As I was standing on the shore of the lake, baring my lily white body to the wilderness, JB asks, “What are you doing?!”

“I’m skinny dipping!” I proudly proclaimed.

“Didn’t you see those people over there?” he asked. He has a history of yanking my leg, so I didn’t believe him until I looked over my shoulder and saw a man and his son rounding the corner.

Let me tell you, I have NEVER gotten in a lake as fast as I did that day, since the water was the quickest way for me to regain my modesty.

We swam around for a while with our labs, and luckily, there were no other people around when it was time for me to get out and change back into my hiking apparal.

It was a ten mile hike round trip, and the entire outing took about four hours. We started hiking back around 6:30pm, and unfortunately, that was when the mosquitos decided to come out for prey. We hadn’t even thought of bringing bug spray, so there we were, five miles away from the truck and getting swarmed!

So, what else do you do in that situation? Run! JB ran a lot more than me, because I was pretty worn out already from the hike up and the swim. I ran about 1-2 miles and power walked the rest of the way. I was truly exhausted when we got back to the truck, and I have a good 10 mosquito bites from the incident. At least we learned our lesson, though!

I highly recommend the hike to Marlette Lake. Just take it from me –skinny dipping is not advised!

Pictures from our outing (and no, there aren’t any of me skinny dipping!) in the extended entry.
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Life’s A Beach

27 Jul

This past Saturday, JB and I packed a picnic lunch and headed to Nevada Beach for a bit of R&R. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and we lazed away about 6 hours swimming, napping on the beach, and enjoying the atmosphere of Lake Tahoe.

At around 7:00, we decided that it was time for dinner. After a quick outfit change in the truck, we were off to Cabo Wabo in Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Cabo Wabo’s is Sammy Hagar’s bar, and it has a really fun and lively atmosphere. After dinner, we then headed to the Hard Rock Cafe, also in Harvey’s, and danced to the tunes of the house band, Cool Black Kettle. We then headed back to Cabo Wabos for a bit more dancing before we finally declared the night over.

Read the extended entry for pictures of our Lake Tahoe outing.
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Another Day At The Office

25 Jul

I took this photo while I was at work today. It is at Genoa Lakes golf course in Jack’s Valley, which is South of Carson City.

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Got Milk?

23 Jul

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Last night on our dog walk, Shadow found a milk carton, with spoiled milk in it, and he carried that milk carton for our entire 45 minute walk. I thought that warranted a picture when we got home!