We got an early start on Friday morning because we aimed to make it to San Francisco ASAP. We brought Tyler's friend Dan along. Both of the boys were tired, but naturally, I don't get tired, so I took the early morning driving shift. It was really windy through the mountain passes, but gorgeous... and since the boys were asleep, I could play all the country music I wanted.
Upon reaching San Francisco, we visited more of Tyler's friends and then set out to find a place to eat dinner. We happened to park outside a very busy Senegalese restaurant and decided to try it. The wait for a table seemed like forever, but I am not exaggerating when I say it was the best meal I've ever had in my life.
On Saturday morning, we left early for Lake Tahoe. The drive was breathtaking, especially when we reached Truckee and were driving through the mountains. There was snow on the ground, but it was still warm-- 45ish?-- outside, and very sunny and crisp. I was in mountainous heaven.
We got to Northstar Resort, our final destination, around lunchtime.
We were attending a snowboard/technology trade show of sorts, called Snowmodo. They had all kinds of cool inventions on display-- tracking programs, heated clothing, video cameras, and cutting-edge snowboard technology. We learned a lot and came away with free stuff.
After the event (and the party!) we decided to see if we could bum a ride up the gondola. The answer was a resounding YES. So up the mountain we flew, watching the snowboarders on the half-pipe as we went up.
We snapped a few pictures at the top but opted to head down quickly so we could catch sunset at Lake Tahoe.
That's right. So we could catch the sunset. At Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, and 1000 feet deep. That's deeper than Lake Ontario!! True to form, it was frigid, but we walked around on the beach awhile until the sun went down.
A fantastic weekend, during which I never though about kayaking. Sometimes a mental vacation is a really good way to re-gain focus. And focus will indeed be the theme of the next 2 and a half weeks leading up to World Cup Team Trials!