Mar. 2nd, 2003 12:24 pm
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Now that I'm cheerfuller (ugh! what a word!) I'll post about my trip to Lake Tahoe!

Three of us -- Rob and Ethan and I -- bought a week at a timeshare from some square dance friends of ours who couldn't use it. We were busy during the appropriate weekend, so we planned a Tuesday through Friday trip. The place turns out to be on the lakefront in South Lake Tahoe, and it has a lovely view of the water and all its surrounding mountains. It's right near a burger place that serves blackberry shakes. Mmm!

Wednesday we bought two-day lift tickets at Heavenly. Spent a little time figuring out how to get to the top of the mountain - three lifts, from where we were - and promptly skied over to the Nevada side. Beautiful views! There's a run called "Skyline" or "Ridgeline" or something like that; from this, we could see all of Lake Tahoe on one side and the Carson/Minden Valley in Nevada (including my favorite gliderport!) on the other side. We enjoyed skiing past the "Welcome to Nevada" sign.

The weather was terrific - partly cloudy, highs just a bit below freezing. There was a stiff wind across the mountain that day, and we saw some picture-perfect lenticular clouds. Mountain wave! Sure enough, as we were skiing the ridgeline trail, we saw a glider on tow, and he released just over the ski area. We watched long enough to see that his towplane was based in Nevada. I whimpered about wanting to be in a glider. :-)

I guess in over a year I haven't forgotten how to ski. The three of us were pretty well-matched in skills and general aggressiveness. Ethan is probably the most technically adept, and I ski fastest because I am the laziest. Each of us fell down about the same amount (once a day, if I remember right) and we all got tired at roughly the same time in the late afternoon. One annoyance at Heavenly is several very flat trails, requiring skating or poling. Crossing back to California requires a long, exhausting run on one of these. Our hands were sore by the end of the day. Another annoyance was two minor inaccuracies in the trail map -- oops. No big deal though.

Our lodgings included access to a shared hot tub. We were very glad to soak. We traded foot-rubs and calf-rubs.

By dinnertime, it was clear that the ache in my thumbs was serious. (I have the beginnings of osteoarthritis in those joints.) My left hand was badly swollen. I've never seen it like that before. I iced it off and on for the rest of the evening, while cooking and eating and eventually playing card games. Rob called Corey for the exact rules to Three-Corner Rat Fuck, and Ethan and I polished off a bottle of wine (maybe that's why Rob kept winning?). Snow was falling as we wrapped it up for the evening.

More in the next post!

More Cheerful!

Date: 2003-03-02 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gev.livejournal.com
"Less Grumpy!"
"More Cheerful!"
*POW* "Less Grumpy!"
*BIFF* "More Cheerful!"

in other news: yum, blackberry shakes!

I miss gliders. Dad & uncle used to have a Lark.
Same kind Kurt Russell used to land on the WTC in _Escape From New York_.

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Date: 2003-03-02 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lkeele.livejournal.com
Ahhhhh.... I *love* Lake Tahoe and that entire area of California/Nevada. Thanks for the description!!


Date: 2003-03-03 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msmichelle.livejournal.com
Wow, your ski weekend sounded fabulously beautiful and scenic during the day and cozy at night, minus the sore thumb :(. I love the bit about skiing by the Welcome to Nevada sign.


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