Vacation…ahh, sweet-sweet vacation. I long for you!
Although our trip to Lake Tahoe was more than a month ago, I’m still day dreaming over it. Every year we take a week long ski vacation to Lake Tahoe with a large group of family and friends. We stay in the most beautiful home which is lent to us by my brother in laws friends. Not only is this home absolutely gorgeous on the inside but let me tell you something about the epic views all through out the house. Words really don’t do it justice.
Every morning the entire gang slowly makes there way to the main floor and we all gather near the large bay windows that overlook the lake and just stare in awe as we sip our coffee and compare pictures.
Funny thing is, we do the exact same thing at night as the sunsets after a long day of skiing except we usually have cocktails in hand instead of coffee. I can’t even tell you how many of these scenic balcony pictures I have flooding my phone photo album. Each one is different and special in it’s own way.
OK enough about sappy sunrises and sunsets.
We usually only spend early mornings and late nights at the house together. However this time around the weather didn’t exactly want to cooperate with us and we were snowed in for a couple of days. You may be thinking what’s the big deal? Tons of snow on a ski trip, people pray for those conditions! Well, when you stick a bunch of South Florida natives on top of a very steep icy hill and ask us to get down we all look at each other clueless and scared. Ice picks, tire chains, snow blower….what are those things and how do you operate them?
We aren’t the type of people to sit at home and veg out so what else do you do when you’re snowed in?
Sled down the driveway…..
And have snowball fights with friends!
This year we decided to venture outside of our norm and try some different activities that don’t involve skis. We planned a snowmobiling day that unfortunately got canceled due to weather conditions and road closer. Bummer! We also planned a zip lining/ropes course day at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park that thankfully didn’t get canceled!
Originally I thought we would just be running through a typical zip line course with a group of people and an instructor. Much to my surprise, it was even better! It was basically a huge play ground intertwined in the forest with different obstacles. The courses were categorized like a ski mountain with green, blue and black “runs.”
The instructors hook you up to your harness and review the general safety and operational rules with you. Once they are finished they send you off to explore the course at your leisure. I loved that we never had to wait in lines since everyone was off running the course as they pleased. My group started off with a couple blues to get the blood flowing and once we built our confidence we went straight for the blacks! It was definitely challenging going through the obstacles when they were covered with ice and snow. I’m sure if we did it during the summer it would have been much easier but we were up for the challenge.
All in all it was a solid trip and I would definitely love to try the zip line course again at one of their other locations in Tahoe. Even though it was freezing outside we worked up a pretty good sweat and my forearms were sore the next day from using my grip so much. Can’t wait until next year’s Lake Tahoe vacation!