Parting is such sweet sorrow and today I must leave lovely Florida and head back north to New York.
I'm not thrilled about this, but ya have to return home at sometime.
Not going to lie - I miss my fur baby, Punkin terribly. This was the first time, since we adopted her that we left for an exended period of time.
Punkin with her new Christmas toy - Dec. 2016 (c)travelincousins.com
Though I know she is very safe and well taken care of, I have been worried about my little side kick. She literally comes everywhere with me.
I'm not sure that is good, but she was so scared and lonely when we got her back in September, that I wanted to build her self esteem and security.
But, the work will begin this month, as Punkin starts two classes - one for training and one for agility. I'm very excited about this!! She is now 10 months old and ready for the next step!
Back to leaving Florida - I am actually thrilled at just how relaxing and refreshing this visit was with mom and dad!!!
For our last day of vacay in Boca, me and the girls went shopping to the Boca Town Center.
They got some goodies at a few of their favorite stores including Forever 21, Lush and Sephora. I got such a kick out of how cute they were picking things out by themselves!
Till next time, Boca!
so many choices! (c)travelincousins.com
Lush is a great store for bath items - all animal friendly and natural! (c)travelincousins.com
As I head back to New York to resume our routine of weekly horseback riding, school and being with our beloved puppy, Punkin, Tanya is setting off for her first trip of 2017. Her annual skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Do I wish I could join her? YES. Will I be? NO...well, not really. What I mean is, as she is hitting the slopes, I'll be hitting the keyboard to tell you lots of exciting information about Lake Tahoe, for both your ready pleasure and insight for considering Tahoe for your next trip - in Winter or Summer!
Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor fun in every season. Whether you visit in the summer to enjoy swimming, kayaking and windsurfing or your travels bring you there in the winter, when epic snowfall makes for incredible skiing, there is something for everyone.
If you are more of an Indoor kind of person, there's plenty to enjoy in Tahoe, as well, with 24-hour casinos and a hot nightlife scene, you'll never have experience a dull moment!
The largest alpine, freshwater lake in North America, Lake Taho is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, straddling the border of California and Nevada.
How about another 17 for 2017?
17 Fun Facts About Lake Tahoe
1. Lake Tahoe has a depth is 1,645 ft, making it the second deepest lake in the United States after Crater Lake (1,945 ft) in Oregon.
2. It is the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States at 122,160,280 acre·ft , behind the five Great Lakes.
3. Formed about 2 million years ago, the lake is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages.
4. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe.
5. A major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions.
6. Approximately two-thirds of the shoreline is located in California.
7. The Truckee River is the lake's only outlet and the Truckee flows northeast through Reno, Nevada, and into Pyramid Lake, Nevada, which has no outlet.
8. The area around Lake Tahoe was previously inhabited by the Washoe tribe of Native Americans.
9. Lake Tahoe was the center and heart of Washoe Indian territory, including the upper valleys of the Walker, Carson and Truckee Rivers.
EMERALD BAY, LAKE TAHOE (c) wiki
10. The English name for Lake Tahoe derives from the Washo word "dá’aw," meaning "The Lake".
11. During the first half of the 20th century, development around the lake consisted of a few vacation homes.
12. The post-World War II population and building boom, followed by construction of gambling casinos in the Nevada part of the basin during the mid-1950s, and completion of the interstate highway links for the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley, resulted in a dramatic increase in development within the basin.
13. The permanent residential population increased from about 10,000 to greater than 50,000 from 1960 to 1980.
LAKE TAHOE GONDOLA RIDE (c) Wiki
14. Much of the area surrounding Lake Tahoe is devoted to the tourism industry and there are many restaurants, ski slopes, golf courses and casinos catering to visitors.
15. The majority of the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region are on the northern end of the lake, near Truckee, California and Reno, Nevada.
16. Many ski areas around Tahoe also have snow tubing, such as Squaw Valley and throughout Tahoe, cross-country skiing, snowmobile riding and snowshoeing are also popular.
17. Boating is a primary activity in Tahoe in the summer. The lake is home to one of the most prestigious wooden boat shows in the country, the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, held every August.
Well, tomorrow is a busy day for me. First, we need to pick up our Punkin from being boarded, which will surely be a major reunion.
Then, me and the girls will head out to Manorville, Long Island to the barn as the girls enjoy their first riding lesson of 2017 and in quite a number of weeks since both of them were sick throughout the month of December.
I'll be hanging with my best canine pal at Tanger Outlets, where I'll be coming to you live tomorrow.
Have a FAB Friday!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING TO: LAKE TAHOE
Road trip to Lake Tahoe
Hey there! Can you believe that it's already Friday?
I'm totally stoked because today is the first day of our first trip of 2017!
I took off the entire month of December from traveling and now I am rearing to go!
We will be hitting the road in a couple of hours which is a MUCH later than our usual start time due to how I had booked Dave B's flight up to meet us... I booked Dave on a flight into Sacramento in the off chance that I was gonna add on a few pre-Tahoe days in San Francisco.
Well with all of the hectic busyness and celebrating over the holidays I had quickly decided that I would skip the San Fran visit and just focus on our trip to Tahoe and leave San Fran for another trip altogether.
Leaving me with extra time on my hands this morning to get a few more things done and no need to rush out of here before sunrise.
You'll be happy and relieved to know that I did finish packing yesterday. YIPPEE!
I also had to run up to LAX to pick up a rental for Dave, and then head up to Dave's to assist in his packing - I really wasn't much help this time around aside from remind him what not to forget.
Lastly we got to reminisce over our 2016 travels by embarking on the annual chore of taking down the 2016 postcards to make room from the new 2017 cards.
This year there were 81 cards!!!
Postcards from 2016 (c)travelincousins.com
Postcards from 2016 (c)travelincousins.com
So many that they didn't even all fit on the fridge!
Postcards that didn't fit on the fridge from 2016 (c)travelincousins.com
It's such a fun tradition that Dave started many many moons ago and it's lovely to look back at the places we've gone and his memories from our experiences throughout the year.
The other up side to this way of recording our trips is choosing the local stamps (most of the time themed to our trips) and getting the local cancellation marks!
Anyhow folks the time has come for me to bid my adieus, go pick up some freshly baked bread and then hit the road.
As a bonus if I have the time I'll even start to take down our Christmas tree with my mum.