Back To The Land Of The Living...
Wow! A week of vacation is a long time. It's been quite an odessey. The reunion out in Lake Tahoe was better than anyone could have possibly imagined. It was great to see everybody.
Lake Tahoe is an interesting place, one which affrirmed a few preconceptions and dispelled others. First, while Tahoe is a great summer respite, it is primarily a ski destination. The summer months are VERY short. A couple of guys who we golfed with at the Championship course in Incline Villege said that when they came up to play a round on Memorial Day, they had to pass since there was 5 inches of snow on the ground. Summer is definately the off season. Second, and on account of the short summer season, NOTHING is air conditioned including our rental villa. Coupled with record setting high temps during our stay, this made for some tough sleeping. I can do anything in the heat including play 18 holes in 110 degree desert heat (which we did), but I gotta have cool air to sleep in. Nonetheless, we all cowboyed up and delt with it.
I made sure my brood took advantage of every opportunity we had to hang out on the lakes beaches. The water was perfect, if not slightly chilly. It's so crystal clear that when I took my kid out on a jet ski, I could see golf balls on the lake floor 40 feet down that some teenagers were hitting into the water.
It was amazing how the climate was so different on the Reno side of the mountain (desert temps) compared to the Tahoe side. I did no gambling, but my lovely wife won $100. The vistas that provided the backdrop to everything in every direction you looked were so unbelievable you'd think they were fake.
I'll have some photo's later, but now I must clear up my 10,000 e-mails in my in box. For now I'll only say I'm glad to be back!