Summer 2016 | Part IV. Lake Tahoe

Our summer fun didn’t quite end when Mimi, Brianne, and Brady left to go back to Hong Kong. We had one more short trip planned–a weekend in Lake Tahoe with a few of Bridgette’s best buddies.

We had a total of 4 families, and rented a lovely Airbnb that accommodated all of us comfortably.

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We spent our first day at El Dorado Beach. The kids swam, had their first SUP (stand up paddle) experience, and built lots of sand creatures.

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After being in the sun for the entire day, we headed back to our Airbnb in the late afternoon and began to fire up the grill for our dinner that evening. Whenever we travel to Lake Tahoe with our friends, we usually divide up the grocery list amongst our group so that each family is responsible in bringing specific items to the house. This is because we almost always prefer to eat in, so that the kiddos can run around and go crazy instead of being confined to a table and chair all evening.

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We spent our second day at Heavenly Lake Tahoe. During the winter months, Heavenly is one of the most popular ski resorts in the area due to the scenic view that one gets when riding the gondola up to the slopes. Just recently last year, they decided to make use of their massive property during the warmer summer months as well, by creating an adventure zone that included ziplines, rope courses, and other fun activities.

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On the gondola ride up to Heavenly
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Father/Daughter rock climbing together 

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The wait for the highly anticipated rope course was ridiculous–a whopping 2 hours! When we first got to the end of the line, there was a sign that read 30 minutes from that point, but the 30 minutes turned out to be 2 hours, so we barely had time to play anything else. For the price that Heavenly charges, they really need to handle their timing and logistics better! We saw quite a few families that were angrily arguing with the staff there due to the extended wait times. I don’t blame them.

All in all, the kiddos had a fantastic time on this short little trip so we’ll likely be back next summer. Hopefully Heavenly has gotten their act together by then!

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