Lake Tahoe~Resort at Squaw Creek ~January 2022

Beautiful! We loved it! We had never been to that part of the country. You fly into Reno ( We used Rodney Perry with AllStar Transportation to get us from the airport to the resort.He also ran an errand one day for me by going to the ATT store to get me a charger-Highly recommend!) The drive from the airport is about an hour southeast to the Resort at Squaw Creek. https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/resort-at-squaw-creek/rnodh. The resort is at the ski mountain which is now called Palisades. Lake Tahoe is half in Nevada and half California. It’s the second deepest freshwater lake in the US. It is in between Reno and the ski mountain. Kinda… We explored all around there.. Tahoe City and Truckee and the Olympic Village. The 1960 Winter Olympics were held there.

First day we did a little snow shoeing after getting our skis rented for the next day. Then we ate at Fireside Pizza https://firesidepizza.com/ in the village. We recommend the Thai Chicken pizza.

Coffee from coffee shop in the Village.
Snow shoeing in the meadow which is also a golf course.

Next day sking. We skied our way across the mountain toward High Camp. Up at High Camp there is an Olympic museum and an ice skating rink! We ate lunch up there at The Granite Bistro. https://www.palisadestahoe.com/events-and-activities/dining-and-apres/granite-bistro. There is an aerial tram that you can take or just ski there. We did both. It’s at 8200 elevation. Here are a Few sking pics! We ate dinner that night at Garwoods https://www.garwoods.com/ and I’m still thinking about the hot salted breadsticks with whipped butter on the table!

The next day Jimmy skied with Matt and his kids and Francy and I explored Tahoe City. It is a tiny town on the Lake. We happened upon a local poke bowl hole in the wall place for lunch called Blue Fish http://bluefishtahoecity.com/ . After that As we were walking around we stopped in Mountain Slice https://www.mountainslicetahoe.com/ for ice cream. It was delicious. Nice local place,. The homemade pizza smelled amazing .

Jimmy, Matt, Brooke, Will and Kyndel at lunch on a ski break

Next day I went snowshoeing with 2 guides from The Resort. It was the Lake Shirley hike. It’s a 3 mile hike. I’m not sure how far we went but we we gone about 2.5 hours. We saw a lot of beautiful waterfalls. We were hiking up the back of High Camp.

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The last night we ate at Six Peaks. It was located in the hotel lobby and was 5 star dining! Everything was delicious!

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a popular natural landmark nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak on the west side of Colorado Springs. It is known for its massive red rocks sticking straight out of the ground – it was quite impressive!

Kissing Camels

No Climbers on the day we were there! It was very windy!

This is called Siamese twins.

Balancing Rock

Balanced Rock, poised above the park road at the Garden of the Gods, defies the laws of physics as it balances on a sloped ledge of sandstone. The famed boulder, appearing in publications around the world as one of the best examples of a balancing rock, is the most famous rock formation at the Garden of the Gods!

Pikes Peak—Summit

We made it to the Summit today! Yesterday it was only open to 11,000 feet and this afternoon they opened it to the TOP —14,115 feet! So we took off. It was a VERY EXTRA scary drive. It’s 19 miles total! I prayed, leaned into the middle of the car, held my breath, couldn’t talk, and prayed some more. My hands were sweating. My husband did a fabulous job ..but it was still one of the most scariest things we have ever done! I really can’t describe the roads and switchbacks. There was no railing, but it was icy and very windy. My favorite thing was the beautiful scenery. You could see for miles.

Here are some pictures that I took. I have more on my good camera, but these are iPhone pictures from mine and my husbands phone…

this is a view from the 13000 feet stop(mile marker 13)

I was a nervous wreck. It felt weird standing up. Almost like I was on a ride at the fair.

14,115 feet! We did it!

This is from the top right where we parked our car.

Just beautiful!

Cool and Windy! Notice construction crew behind us working on new observation deck and cog railway.

Mile Marker 18.. Usually big horn sheep are in this area.

We didn’t see Big Foot

Its $15 per person to drive up this scenic highway, and it is worth it!

A long weekend in Washington, D.C.

One of my husband and I’s favorite place to visit is Washington D.C. I loved there during college and went back after college .  We lived there again  when my husband was in his fellowship training and one of our sons was born at Georgetown,  my sister and her family live there, my son and nieces live there, and this summer my daughter is there interning!

Each time that I get to go DC I like learn or see something new! This time was the Renwick Gallery.

I had heard of it before but never had the chance to go. On Saturday morning, my son picked us up and we headed there. We got there before it opened, so we walked around the White House waiting for it to open.

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Selfie at the WH

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320 mirrored stainless steel rods that are LED LIGHTS in grand stairway.

Cool hanging glass that lights up differently each time.

The coffee mugs were made for veterans.

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David’s Best Temple. A glowing sanctuary..every tiny piece of carved wood is where people have written personal notes.

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Michael Sherrill sculpture

As well as seeing new things, I love to go back and visit some of my favorite museums. One of them is is the National Portrait Gallery – I could spend all day in there!

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Elvis

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Michelle Obama

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John F. Kennedy

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Barack Obama

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George W. Bush

My daughter is interning in a Mississippi Congressman’s office and she gave us a lovely US Capitol tour! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

My 2 children, who both work on the Hill.

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Appropriations committee room in the Capitol

One of my husband’s favorite places in D.C. is the sculpture of Albert Einstein, which is next to the National Academy of the Sciences. He makes sure that each time we visit D.C., we make a stop.

Of course, one of our favorite things to do is go to wonderful restaurants! From The Tombs to the Tune Inn to Rasika to The Plume at the Jefferson to Succotash and to Central and Rosa Mexicano — they were all delicious!

Seared tuna

Sisters

The Jefferson

Rosa Mexicana

Tune Inn Capitol Hill

Succotash


But the BEST place we ate was Rasika!
It is an Indian restaurant that was one block from our hotel .. the crispy spinach was unreal!913B52B5-8FE1-49DA-9922-2149772368E1We enjoyed our long weekend in D.C. and can’t wait to go back soon!What is your favorite place to visit/eat in D.C.? I am open to any and all recommendations!

Yellowstone Adventures

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My first time to Yellowstone was an adventure! The fields and farms we passed en route to Yellowstone were the most amazing color of gold! We entered on the Western side.  It was a girls trip and we did the whole Western loop in 24 hours. We stayed in the Park at a very eco friendly hotel called Canyon Park. I stuck a picture of the cute bear soap from the room! It was new and nice. Alot is closed this time of the year. The whole park closes next week!

We stopped in Ashlan Idaho for a root beer float at Frostys drive-in on the way . We think it has been featured on Diners,Drive-in and Dives.

Then on toward the Park! We saw bison first! Then elk . It was a great grandfather and 5 ladies. No one was pulled over looking at them. I’ve never seen anything that big. The grandfather( I assume) hid so it was hard to see him or get a picture. I think his horns were the size of a small WV. We saw a lot more elk but nothing compared to that first group we saw! When we were leaving we did see a male elk bugling and chasing 2 female!

We came upon 8 or so cars pulled over next. and it was a mama and baby grizzly! They were amazing to watch. They were right next to the road!img_1901

We were on the way to see Old Faithful and had to get there on time. It erupts every 90 minutes. There are MANY geysers in the Park but this one is the most predictable.img_1902

I highly recommend going to Yellowstone. But go when the tour buses aren’t around. This was a great time! It is a wonderful National Park and makes me proud of America! 🇺🇸

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

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Friendly tourist

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Grizzlies