Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tahoe 2008

In August of 2008 we went to the cabin again. This time it was to introduce our future daughter-in-law and our 2 year old grandson to our family's special place. We all stayed different lengths of time, but were all together for 5 days. It was wonderful.

Our FDIL loved the lake and, knowing her like I do, I'm sure she would go back in a heartbeat. I think her only complaint was that she didn't get to stay long enough. Our grandson, in true Pumpernickel family fashion, was instantly in love. One of the first mornings, when he woke up, we overheard this conversation between him and his mommy:

Him: Ra-Paw (then speak for what is now Papa) pool?
Her: I don't think Grandpa is going to take you to the lake at 7:00 am.

We laid in bed, looked at each other, and smiled huge smiles. Ah, yes, another Pumpernickel had fallen madly and passionately in love with Lake Tahoe. It truly doesn't get any better than that.

This year we were blessed when we were able to spend the day with some friends who now live about 1.5 hours from the lake. We had a great afternoon at the beach. It was wonderful to reconnect with some of our favorite people. I hope you don't mind that I'm posting your pics, but clear back in August I did ask your permission :)

We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but we always enjoy the Lake just a little more when we are introducing it to someone who hasn't been there before.

I hope you enjoy the pictures from this trip.

My grandson was in love with our friend's little boy and our friend's little boy was incredibly patient with my grandson:

Hanging out at the beach with our friends:
My grandson in charge of the boat oars:

The 'guys' on the beach:

Daughter-In-Law2Be and me hanging out with my goofy grandson:

Resting after hiking down to Vikingsholm. Wait...didn't you ride in the stroller?
Emerald Bay:

My son and DIL2B para sailing:

Our old tired golden retriever after a long day river rafting. Well, she mostly swims beside the raft.....You just can't keep a Golden dry.

Jumping in the river with Grandpa. Disclaimer: He WANTED to jump in with raw-pa. Just don't ask how that went when it was over:

The whole group river rafting:

Eating pretzels in the raft with Grandma and Raw-Pa:

ALL Pumpernickel's smile like this when they go to the lake:
Which rock should I pick up:

If I help blow up the raft, I can get in the water that much faster:

Playing with Ra-Paw:
It truly doesn't get any better than this:

When I look back at these pictures I get that feeling of not wanting, but needing to be at the Lake. I just can't explain it. No where else on earth, that I've found yet, gives me quite the same feeling. To see the other members of my family, one by one, fall in love the same way just solidifies that feeling for me.

10 days at the Lake......$1116.00. Next post, Mexican Riviera Cruise. Then my series will be complete. Well, until I go somewhere else, that is.


heather said...

You're right, I would go back in a heartbeat...just tell me when and my bags will be packed!

Lori said...

Let's go now! Even though it would be a bit cold.

Jon said...

Okay, two things. First, I love how Garrett is smiling in midair...before he hit the river, that is. Second, upon seeing the picture of us guys on the beach, Heather says, "You look like you don't belong with them." You know, because I'm dark. Funny stuff. Me and Matthew will hang out.

Crayl said...

Spencer was really tan then. :)
And yes, we can all go, right now...while it's SNOWING. Woke up to a house and yard covered today. Beautiful.