I actually feel as if I have nothing to do today because of how much I had to do yesterday!
But, in reality, I have a number of things I need to get done. Just errands, my ongoing house purging and organization for when me and my girls make our big house move.
Now, mind you, we have not as yet put my house up for sale or began looking for another domocile, but it's inevitable since my current house is just too darn big to keep up with at this point.
So, I figure, I might as well have everything ready to go for when the time comes and alleviate future stress to make the process smoothe and easy.
Traditionally, on Travelin' Cousins, "Travelin' Tuesday" is when Tanya and I chat about our upcoming trips.
Although I want to continue with my coverage of Lake Tahoe and some of the great events happening this month, I wanted to give you a very brief update of what I've been up to in the prep and planning of my next trip - Gianna's 13th Birthday Trip to London with Cousins.
Last month I took care of two necessities for this travel adventure.
First, I booked our round trip train ride from London to Paris. We will be taking an overnight excursion to the City of Lights during our week-long stay in London.
THE EIFFEL TOWER (c) travelincousins.com
I did not want to waste a minute of time, so I also booked a hotel (overnight) right near the Eiffel Tower. Now although I booked a "pay later and cancellable" hotel accommodation a few months ago, I actually, re-booked the same accommodiation at a 50% discount per an email special I received in December!
How could I resist - it was a saviings of more than $100.
At this point, everything is booked for our trip - Air flights, Hotel in London and Paris and Train tickets. All that's left is for me and Tanya to book AFternoon tea reservations for our time together and for me to book a few for before Tanya and her gang's arrival.
Back to Tahoe Events...
There's no doubt that Tahoe is full of hustle and bustle and South Tahoe, for sure has it going on.
Here are a few of th events happening this month and throughout the rest of 2017, for your planning reference if Lake Tahoe is on your travel agenda this year.
Full Moon Snowshoe Tour January 14, 2017 7pm - 8pm
State Park Interpreters will be leading Full Moon Snowshoe Tours exploring the natural and cultural history around the Hellman-Ehrman estate and Lake Tahoe shoreline in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Few experiences are as magical as snowshoeing by the light of a full moon along the snow-covered Tahoe shore! For those new to snowshoeing, there will be a beginner’s clinic at 6:30 pm. The Full Moon hike starts promptly at 7 pm near the restrooms in the Day Use side of the park (lake side entrance, east side of Highway 89).
The program lasts approximately 1½ hours and costs $30 per person for adults. Children 12 and under are $15. The cost includes the tour, park entrance fee, and snowshoe rentals. Wear warm, layered clothing and winter boots. This event is generously sponsored by West Shore Sports, and all proceeds from the tour benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation’s educational programming. Space is limited.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: LAKE TAHOE
What's Happening in Tahoe today?
Well well well, here I am in Incline Village again and not on the slopes.
This is honestly becoming a Goldilocks ski trip.
I was so totally stoked about all the snow and the fabulous conditions before coming out here.
Then we get here and get hit by this "atmospheric river" and a weekend full of rain - lots of it.
With rain comes ice and this storm closed the local ski resorts.
Then as expected, it started snowing again yesterday morning and dumped 36" at Northstar and 48" at Heavenly.
Excellent! I was excited about getting out there and finally hitting the pow pow freshies and carving some lines...
However waking up with snow everywhere and BLIZZARD conditions with winds of 30-35mph with gusts of 70mph at Northstar and winds up on the mountain at Heavenly have reached 100mph. NOOOOOO.
The resorts finally opened, but they opened late and with minimal acreage accessible. Not my type of fun.
Instead we are here all cozied up in our condo, listening to the fire crackling in the fireplace and watching the beautiful snowflakes fall upon the white ground.
It's rather what I imagine being inside of a snow-globe would be like.
Not bad, but not quite what I expected of this trip.
I'm itching to ski and will look forward to a new day and perfect conditions on the slopes.
It's as though the weather GODS are teasing me. I mean come on Heavenly Ski Resort got 114" in 7 days!
I really feel like I'm being teased and tortured over here and the weather Gods are saying "Lets go ahead and first give them rain. Now lets give them more snow then they can handle. Oh yeah and why don't we throw in some super high winds while we are at it!"
But we are certainly not the only ones:
CRESTED BUTTE (Colorado) CLOSES BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH SNOW!
They closed on Monday at around 1:30p and hope to have everything running again normally on Thursday!!!
THURSDAY?! THURSDAY?! Holy Smokes Folks, but I'm sorry I'd take this non-sense up here over that - maybe it's because I've been up here so many times and I figure that I'll be up here again in March anyhow. I've yet to go to Crested Butte and if this happened during my visit there - I wouldn't just be disappointed. I'd just be sad.
And I'm sure that there are plenty of travelers up here now who are probably feeling that sadness and frustration. The slopes are calling to us!
Oh well, so it goes and just because we couldn't hit the slopes yesterday didn't mean that we could have some fun in the snow...
Driving "home" yesterday after our sledding adventure had really became quite a feat. The kids had learned how to put snow chains on the tires and then blizzard already started before we got back. There were some total whiteout conditions and zero visability.
But we quickly warmed up once we got back, as I made a delicious vegan version of the traditional Greek Avgolemono soup.
So needless to say that there will probably not be any driving today.
Perhaps what we will do is take a nice walk over to the shore today - it'll definitely be better than getting pelted by the rain (what happened to us on Saturday).
Anyhow for now I'm gonna take it for what it is and just enjoy the snowfall. With hopes that we are finally able to hit the slopes tomorrow.