Monday, August 19, 2013

Lovin' at the Lake (Lake Tahoe, Nevada)

Lake Tahoe is probably one of my favorite places in the entire world. It's far away enough and beautiful enough to feel like a vacation but close enough to home where I feel safe and 100% relaxed. I have really great memories driving around with my family, enjoying the views and playing in the snow during the winter.

So when my guy and I started chatting about a potential weekend getaway, we decided on Tahoe because it appealed to our desire to both relax and get some outdoor action. Plus it's super gorgeous and a very romantic place, so my inner rom-com loving girly-girl was pleased I was getting to spend some quality time with my crush.

If you're a bitter cynical kind of person,  beware - it's about to get a little mushy-gushy up in here. Not that there's anything wrong with being that way - there will always be a part of me that thinks I am forever alone and come 40 the only man in my life will be a corgi. However as of late, my mind-set has been a little brighter to say the least!

Normally when I go to Tahoe I use my Mom's sweet free passes and fly - I'm not a road-trip kinda girl. However gimme a funny guy, good music and some tasty snacks and you can count me in for the drive.

We started our drive late on Saturday and arrived just in time to relax in our hotel a bit before dinner time. We wanted our night to be relaxing, so we decided to spend some time watching the sunset on the beach before catching a late dinner at a swanky romantic restaurant.

The beach we stopped at is called "Hidden Beach" - I actually read about it in a magazine and it was listed as a "Local's Favorite" spot. The name really says it all, it's off the highway on the Nevada side of the lake with barely any notification of its existence, and in order to get to it you have to follow a little path.

I wouldn't necessarily call it a beach - the shore is mainly made up of rocks. But it was a lovely place to have a cuddle and watch the sunset. 

Just as we were about to leave, Joe saw a particularly appealing rock and decided that he just had to conquer it. In his nice clothes. Before a fancy dinner. 

Why he felt the need to do this, I have no idea. I guess standing on the rock was going to give him some sort of validation. Boys are weird. So off he went, pant legs rolled up, thinking that he wouldn't get wet in his pursuit. Naturally, he got about two feet before cutting is feet on rocks and completely drenching himself up to his waist. 

This is what I get for dating a country boy from Montana! 

(Black and white for the cheesy romantic effect, obviously!) 

After laughing and scolding him for being a dumb ass, we enjoyed a lovely dinner with beautiful lake views, followed by a walk along a dock (all of which he did wearing soaking wet clothes and flip flops, such a trooper!) and some hot tub relaxation back at our hotel. 

The next morning we got up early, had a big breakfast and then headed off for a lovely hike along Emerald Bay. 

The hike itself is only a little over 2 miles, you start at the top (as shown above - amaaaazing view!) and you end up at the bottom where you can enjoy the beach or rent a kayak and head to the little island behind us. 2 miles is nothing - on the way down. On the way up is a different story. This was a steep ass hill, people. In 80+ degree heat. For my fat lazy ass that is NOT the business. For Mr. "I'm super in shape and I do 28 mile strenuous hikes for funzies" Joe, it was a walk in the park. 

(At the bottom of the hike, you can see the beach and the kayaks in the reflection! We decided against the kayaks because I had my camera with me and I was afraid of ruining it, but next trip it's definitely happening!) 

(Being sassy on the way back uphill) 

After our hike we headed over to Sand Harbor State Park to have a swim. It's gorgeous beach with an amazing view and lots of big rocks to jump off of. 

I had been anticipating a nice swim and some rock jumping all day long, but to my horror the water was absolutely FREEZING. Even though the weather was warm, I felt like I was swimming in the arctic. In a bikini. Needless to say our swimming only lasted about 30 minutes before my teeth started to chatter and I couldn't take it any more. Then we dried off by laying on the beach for a while before heading back to the bay with a mandatory stop at In & Out Burger. 

I had such a lovely weekend. Even though I'm not doing anything too crazy lately, I have been super stressed about what's to come this Fall (I'll be announcing that soon, but just thinking about it stresses me out!) so this little getaway really got my mind off the future for a bit. And lucky for me there's more to come before the summer is over! 

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