It seems like the last few days of the trip went by very quickly and we were suddenly at home. There was not even that many photos taken. Here's the best of them...
|Mount Shasta in northern California. Yes...it's a fine example of windshield tourism. We didn't even stop the van for a good look. Maybe that had to do with the nearly 100 degree weather.|
We spent three days with our friends Brian and Celestine at their home outside of Sacramento. Pretty much we just spent time relaxing, enjoying sleeping on a real bed, and enjoying the great company and good food. These folks have been great friends over the years and we always enjoy the time we get to spend together, which thankfully has been fairly plentiful over the past few years!
Our plans to head south and visit Yosemite were dashed by a wildfire that had closed access to Tioga Pass to go out of the valley to the east. It would have been a long out & back adventure, adding maybe 300 miles to our planned route to do this. Yosemite will have to wait until next time. So, we headed east and stopped to explore a bit around Lake Tahoe on the California / Nevada border. We bopped around south shore a bit, then headed up to Emerald Bay to camp. We were treated to some great views, and ended up doing a very nice hike.
|Lake Tahoe basin from Echo Summit on US 50|
|Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe|
|Proving to Meghan that even an old man can climb a tree!|
|Our hike gained a bit of elevation from the campground just above the lake!|
|Meghan 'straddling' the Nevada / Utah border in Wendover|
|Salt Lake Olympic Park|
|Climbing wall above the pool|
|Freestyle ski jump practice|
|The dryland ski jumps, for training in the summer|
|Meghan and Willow chilling out in the Yampa|
|Oh, and me too!|
|This excavation site is inside a large viewing center where you can get pretty up close / personal to some amazing fossils.|
Nine-weeks on the road gave all of us memories that will last a lifetime, and for that I am grateful because those can never be taken away. I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to do this, with the two people I love the most in the world, and that they had the guts and patience to make it happen.
A summary of stats from the trip will be posted shortly, and may be a bit of a work in progress as I find notes or tidbits to add.
Thanks for checking out our blog this summer.