Sunday, October 7, 2012

All in Tow for a Week in Tahoe

In the middle of September our family got the opportunity to go to Lake Tahoe with my parents for a week. We loved the time to relax and see grandma & grandpa Potts. We spent time coloring, cuddling, reading & doing tons of playing!

Phoebe & the twins got to go on pony rides on Elko the horse. This was a special hose ride that was guided and not just around and around in a small circle. All of the kids loved it and loved that they got to wear fun helmets too. Cami and Josh even gave little Elko a kiss when they were done to show their appreciation.  When all was said and done the kiddos were filthy from all the dust Elko kicked up along the trail! We also found one of the largest pine cones I have ever seen in my whole life.
After our hors-e rides we had a picnic at the beach of Lake Tahoe and it was warm & GORGEOUS!
After eating we wen down to play, where we were way over dressed. I am use to the Oregon coast that is cold even in the summer, but this beach & water was warm and there was no real wind. The girls were still excited however there there were still shells to collect near the water. We ended up having a ball swimming for hours in our clothes.
On a side note: Phoebe took this picture of Cory & I, didn't she do a great job! The kids toward the ended tried to dry out on the warm sand but instead just became encased with sand on heir wet clothes. We had to have them just ride home naked and yet the van was still covered in sand.
The next day we came more prepared for he warmer water in our suits. We also for most of our couple hours had the WHOLE beach to ourselves, I couldn't believe how empty it was there.
On the last day of our vacation we drove up to Virginia City, an old mining town. We saw they had affordable train rides there and I know the kiddos would love it and that they did! We learned all sorts of interesting facts about Virginia city along the way too.
What I didn't anticipate was that Virginia City was an old functioning mining town. It had TONS of old fashion saloons, and all the sidewalks were wooden. It was a really fun town and much larger than I ever thought. It was even a special Harley Davidson convention the day we were there and so we got a peek of what I imagine the city would have been it's hay day with all the saloon full of rough and tumble men. I had to take a picture by one old fashion saloon called The Bucket of Blood, what a name & apparently it's famous too. A side note about the reindeer ride Phoebe is was about 40+ years old and it wasn't the smooth ride that they now had for kids this think shook and bucked so hard it was all Phoebe could do to hold on.  I was laughing so hard just watching her trying to hang on to this thing, I definitely regret not getting video if it!!! Lastly Cory even got to check off a couple must tries as he ate deep fried Twinkies and Reese's Cups. I didn't care for either, but Cory said he really enjoyed the PB Cups.
On way back to the car we saw an old fashion train that the kids really wanted to look at, so we stopped into the free museum.
This was a pretty fun vacation and though the own of Tahoe was old and pretty dried up we had a lot of fun with the family on the beaches, ponies and trains. Thanks for having us Mom & Dad!

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