Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: LAKE TAHOE
Well hello there! GREETINGS from Lake Tahoe!
We made our way up on our annual Lake in the Sky skiing getaway via 12 hour road trip yesterday...
As I mentioned in yesterdays scoop, that I am usually not one who like to make many pitstops along the way, but yesterday was different. I enjoy changing things up every now and again, and that is exactly what I did... Hence the drive taking so much long than usual (on average the drive takes us 8.5-9hrs from SoCal to Lake Tahoe).
I was into free-whellin' it yesterday and if I passed something that I was curious about - I stopped! The main attraction and our first (non-pee break) stop happened to be at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located in Independence, CA.
Manzanar is most widely known as the site of one of ten camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in California's Owens Valley.
IN THE EARLY PART OF WORLD WAR II, 110,000 PERSONS OF JAPANESE ANCESTRY WERE INTERNED IN RELOCATION CENTERS BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9066. ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 19, 1942. MANZANAR, THE FIRST OF TEN SUCH CONCENTRATION CAMPS. WAS BOUNDED BY BARBED WIRE AND GUARD TOWERS. CONFINING 10,000 PERSONS. THE MAJORITY BEING AMERICAN CITIZENS. MAY THE INJUSTICES AND HUMILIATION SUFFERED HERE AS A RESULT OF HYSTERIA, RACISM, AND ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION NEVER EMERGE AGAIN.
One Camp - 10,000 Lives - One Camp - 10,000 Stories
It was a City of Barracks - Manzanar was arranged into 36 blocks. In most blocks, up to 300 people crowded into 14 barracks. Everyone ate in a mess hall with cafeteria style food of both *Nisei & *Issei style meals. One resident had said that they had "Nice cold Jello on top of Hot Rice"!
*Nisei is a Japanese-language term used in countries in North America and South America to specify the children born in the new country to Japanese-born immigrants (who are called Issei).
- CEMETERY MONUMENT
In 1943, Catholic stone mason Ryozo Kado built this obelisk with help from residents of Block 9 and the Young Buddhist Association. Buddhist Reverend Shinjo Nagatomi inscribed kanji characters that mean "soul consoling tower". People attended religious services here during the war. Today the monument is a focal point of the annual pilgrimage, serving as a symbol of solace and hope.
It was a rather sobering visit and one that will remain with us forever. How could this have happened here in the USA?!
Let It Not Happen Again - I have come to the conclusion after many, many years that we must learn from our history and we must learn that history can teach us how to care for one another. - Rose Hanawa Tanaka
Well after the heavy visit to Manzanar, we continued on our journey and the next stop was in Bishop at the Famed Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ - Home of the Original Sheepherder Bread.
Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ is a bakery and tourist attraction. It is known for a unique bread, called Original Sheepherder's Bread (trademarked in 1938) and produces 450 other products. The bakery produces approximately 25,000 loaves of bread per day, and they have produced their Sheepherder's bread continuously since 1907. The bakery uses a basque recipe and has a staff of 77 under the oversight of Erick Schat, and bakes the bread in stone hearth ovens, with no preservatives, with everything handmade from scratch, including the yeast.
NO PHOTOS were allowed inside the Bakkerÿ (although I am pretty sure that these signs weren't posted in the past and that I've snapped a few shots here are there). Not many vegan products can be found here, but I managed to walk out with a lovely loaf of French Sandwich Bread and Dave picked up a few non-vegan goodies for himself!
Next up was Mono Lake.
I was a bit disappointed that we had just missed "magic hour" and that all the good lighting was gone by the time we arrived. But we (Cosette and I) still managed a nice walk down to the "smelly" lake to snap a few pics and almost get stuck in the silty mud!
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake.
DEPTH - Maximum = 158 feet. Average = 56 feet.
AGE OF MONO LAKE - At least 760,000 years old and probably 1-3 million years; among the oldest lakes in North America.
And that was pretty much our last stop - aside from grocery shopping, before checking in, getting settled, and all cozy.
Today will be a new adventure...but you have to come back tomorrow to find out what it is!
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Museums in Queens & Cheese in Southampton!
Hey Guys. Sorry for being MIA yesterday.
If you remember, I was rather under the weather over the weekend, but today I woke up and I was WIPED!!
My voice was partially there yesterday, but today, it's like I talk and nothing comes out but a few squeaks. Ugh!!
Then on Sunday night, I had a terrible time falling asleep, so I didn't conk out till after 2am. I wound up taking a killer nap all morning till well after blog posting time.
How do I feel today... Ehh - but I'm plodding along.
Have a busy week with doctor appointments for the kids, a Girls Scout field trip tomorrow and the usual errands and household "to do's."
But, as the saying goes, Life Goes On, and so am I!
We are in the final week of February and also Black History Month 2016.
I cannot urge you enough to take advantage of the ongoing tribute still happening this week in and around New York City and Long Isalnd celebrating great Black Americans.
It has been utterly enjoyable visiting the hidden treasures in the outer boroughs of Manhattan these past two months. The Louis Armstrong House and Lewis H. Latimer House in Queenswere two of the top places on my list.
There are a total of 30 Museums in Queens alone! Stay posted as I hit more places of interest in Queens during the next few months. On my list are:
The video presentation is entitled "Timescapes," a 22-minute multimedia experience, that traces the growth of New York City from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s great cities.
So, while Tanya is traveling all around the country, I'm driving all around New York City and Long Island to find the hidden gems to share with you for local enjoyment and for those of you visiting New York, looking to break out of the box with some new places to see!!
Speaking of Long Island, let me tell you about this charming little Cheese Shop I stumbled upon while in Southampton.
After a lovely week-long stay at my friends Rosio and Steven's last week, I wanted to get them a special thank you.
I contemplated giving a dinner gift certificate, but then I thought it would be more fun to go shopping and make a basket of goodies for them to enjoy as a family in the warmth of their cozy home!!
I was helped by John, who I found out during my brief encounter with him, hails from Romania, and he was quite friendly and helpful! He assisted me in creating a gift basket filled with spreads, crackers, cheese, dressings, chocolates and even pasta!
I'll be heading back there, I'm sure, with Gianna and Kelsey, as this petite shoppe had lots of culinary delights that both kids would enjoy!
John making my gift basket gift
The final thank you present for my friends!
Well, today is not terribly exciting. I'm still battling laryngitis and a cough, but I have to venture to the craft store to pick up "vases" for Kelsey's Girl Scout field trip tomorrow.
The girls will be earning their Flower Badge, so they will be learning how to make a floral arrangement at one of the local florists.
Then it's off to the orthodontist and then home to do homework.
Not quite as exciting as Tanya's road trip to Lake Tahoe!! Please check out her adventures from the road! <<<---<<<---<<<---<<<---<<<---<<<