|Lost and Found finds... with Heather|
|Me and Tallulah in the carpark|
And farewell idyllic wee town of Truckee with your yee olde gold rush worlde shops, brilliant double non-fat-lattes made by Jeremiah and smooth and shiny toffee apples.
|Cy, Tallulah and Jackson|
|Tallulah and Cy|
All sorts of things happened with you along...Our ski season started Christmas Day with Veuve Clicquot...and KFC. We learned to ski and ride like experts...well theoretically. It was all a matter of saying: "It's Opposite Day!" and doing everything that self-preservation warns against. Head down the hill and dive for danger! Of course I struggled all season while our two youngest traversed from beginner to Double Black Diamond. We learned on the three-hour car ride up to pretend we were in the 1800's. Not embracing a Donner Party experience, just to temper the Weather-Freakout!Dotcom.
And see yas later to our ski lease, you were a good old house. You and I both saw these icicles outside the kitchen form and melt many times.
It's always intriguing to stay in the home of someone you've never meet (less intriguing to pay them). Here in Tahoe, owners feel free to leave their bits and bobs all around. Their family photos that I examined for four months trying to find the answer in their faces: why would you worry so much about handwashing your plastic glasses? (which they told us to do in a note besides the plastic glasses).
Less interesting was the cornucopia of wallbumph that initially peeks your interest until you realise there are whole stores that sell it practically in kits; the old 1940's skis, bullfighting posters and kind-of Kilim rugs. I did though fall for this vignette of riverstones and the wee JohnBoy Walton truck (yes we got that in New Zealand too). And looking through their books and many videos.
On the way home we stopped for Mexican food at another perfect little place, Old Town Auburn,
...and headed home to Oakland with 15 cycles of dirty washing and some not so happy scrappy faces in the back. Winter is over, the summer sun is in the sky.