rivers-lakes

Yesterday in the high Sierras, today on scenic Lake Tahoe.

Sunrise woke in South Lake Tahoe, circled the lake northward – day’s first stop:  Emerald Bay.  Mix of tall redwood & pine – HUGE evergreen – line California’s largest freshwater lake.  Bay tinted green (emerald green) where it hugs shore.

$10 to the Park Ranger.  Successfully secured parking (kinda a big deal in California).  Stared long/hard at the Lake horizon, before starting the short steep hike DOWN to Vikingsholm on tourist-heavy Tahoe – HIKE day ❤

 

Vikingsholm…this magnificent “castle” is a unique blend of nature’s spectacular beauty and man’s architectural ingenuity.

 

The Vikingsholm foundation was laid in 1928, but the building was constructed in 1929 by 200 workers. Vikingsholm was built by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight as a summer home. Before starting construction, Mrs. Knight and her architect traveled to Scandinavia to gather ideas for the construction of the house. Some parts of the structure contain no nails or spikes, as a result of old-fashioned construction methods. Most of the building was made from materials found at Lake Tahoe.

 

Mrs. Knight is best known for building Vikingsholm, but she and her husband Harry, a businessman were primary backers of Charles Lindbergh’s non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

 

Followed the steep one-mile path DOWN DOWN DOWN to Vikingsholm.

White granite canyons, HUGE forest’d trees.  Snagged 2 enormous pine cone for my Colorado mantel.

Interesting well-preserved residence, Vikingsholm, but didn’t purchased a ticket to tour inside.  I trail-hiked DOWN to see California redwood, to enjoy the all-consuming scent of pine.  Not disappointed, WOW!

Dipped both hands into Lake Tahoe before trekking back UP.  UP UP to Hwy 89, the local northbound highway I’d travel lake-circumference.  Tahoma, Tahoe City, then lunch.  3 more hours to play ‘til my return flight home from Reno.

89 North to Truckee, diverted left on Squaw Valley Road.

Squaw Valley, California – site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.  Gotta/hafta/must STOP, right?  Team USA won first-ever hockey GOLD; Americans [David Jenkins & Carol Heiss] topped both figure skating podiums.

The Games’ spirit, the OLYMPIC FLAME stays lit 24/7, 365 days/year.  Pretty neat.  I was here.

 

 

 

 

Dropped Ash & Tom at DIA, their next stop: Reykjavik, Iceland.  [after work] returned to pick up Marty, my first (& only) grandpup.  Year-half living with Ro, knew this 2-week reunion would be appreciated by both.  BROs reunited!

Spoiled?  Well…maybe a little.  Pup-Peroni snacks, hot dogs, fried eggs each morning.  Eggs are good for their coat, right? 🙂

Short work week, family & friends now gone, weekend plans?  A June SNOW hike…of course.  Travelled north to Brainard Lake, short 45 minutes away.  Generally roads open Memorial Day weekend.  No such luck this year.

Originally had hoped to hike Lake Isabelle.  2 mile jaunt to Brainard, beautiful sunshiny skies.  Lotta hikers.  Brainard still half-frozen.  Kicked back & people watched.  BIG smiles from BOTH pups.  Ro loves the snow, Marty loves to hike.

Circled ‘round Brainard.  Met by a wall of snow.  No Isabelle in today’s hike forecast.

Home returned via Nederland.  In-town cell reception, received another batch of texts from Iceland.  Wouldn’t trade our Colorado snow hike…but this particular weekend, think I got aced by Daughter.  Volcanic hot springs, Icelandic ponies, oceanside boulder hike, spelunking & whale watching – that doesn’t include a 2-day jet set to London.  Well done Ash.  Nothing left undone.

 

 

Ash & Tom’s Icelandic Adventure

 

 

pic-perfect day

Promised months ago, would not marathon Memorial Day weekend.  No race conflicts permitted during Ash & Tom’s Colorado wedding [or 2 weeks following – dog-sitting my grandpup during their Iceland honeymoon].

Week before?  No such promise.  Targeting run #90, 5th in 6 weeks, 12th of 2017.

Flight delay in Chicago, +2 hour time difference, arrived in Manchester 2:30am Saturday morning.  Six hours sleep, short 2 mile pre-marathon run (‘cause every day’s a run day), hit the highway – destination: Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  2 cars: Stephen, Sheila, daughter-in-law Ashley & two toddlers.  Beautiful sunshiny day.

Portsmouth’s right on the water – New Hampshire’s only port city.  Public parking off Market, street-scanned for grub.  Irish pub, outdoor seating.  Check, done 🙂

Post-lunch walk in Prescott Park, along the Piscataqua River.  Picture perfect New England.  Alarm sounded.  Watched Memorial Bridge lift, allowing a passing ship to clear its mast.  History-trekk’d thru Portsmouth Navy Yard while Ashley’s kids climbed atop the Park’s whaling memorial.  AND there was ice cream ❤

More of Stephen’s family – Patricia, Noreen & Maggie – joined before his concert start at Christ Episcopal Church.  Second year singing, my first time attending.  Gotta get back for Christmas — hear the conductor wears jingle bells & a tree.  SUPER FUN day!

 

UPDATEFriday Jun 9thNational Anthem at Red Sox’s Fenway Park

 

WWI Memorial Bridge (NH to Maine)

 

 

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