Monday, August 15, 2016

Lake Tahoe (aka the first getaway as a family of 5)

I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous person. We've had all our kids while living in foreign countries and have traveled the globe with them, but I've got to say - having a third has really changed our family dynamic. Not in a bad way, it's just different yet again. Life is busier, naturally and this whole being outnumbered by tiny humans thing makes traveling a tad more challenging. Almost enough to make me wanna just be a homebody for a few years...

We decided to do a 'trial' weekend away last month before our longer holiday to LA & Disneyland. Originally we had booked a long weekend to go hiking in Lassen National Park, but it was snowed under so we changed it up last minute to go back to our favourite, Lake Tahoe.

The 4hr drive there was awful. Anneke only napped an hour before waking up and having a blowout all over herself and me while I was feeding her. She then was wide awake and grumpy the remaining 3 hours of the drive and Austin was having fairly constant meltdowns. By the time we arrived, I was losing it. But thankfully - it's Tahoe. Getting out of the car and smelling that fresh mountain air and seeing the lake - well, it's my happy place.

Sleep was a little lacking the entire weekend for all, but even so it was a lovely getaway. The boys played at the beach, we lazed back on our chairs and snuggled Anneke. We ate at our favourite pizza place in the world (Base Camp Pizza in South Lake Tahoe FYI. Their thai chicken curry pizza is to die for). We went somewhere new in Tahoe; Fallen Leaf Lake (which was gorgeous but freezing cold and SO windy, we couldn't hear each other talk so took a quick pic and moved right along). We'd planned to do one of our favourite activities, taking the gondola up to Squaw Valley high camp to go swimming in the mountain top pool, but the high winds meant it was closed. We came home more exhausted than when we left, but it was still a fun weekend :)

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