Amazingly little to pack for two put us on the road early Thursday morning. Thunder storms and snow were threatening throughout the Sierras so we opted for the boring but quick Interstate 5 to cover the distance. Traffic was light, we hit very small cells of precipitation, and after a couple fast stops we picked up Hwy 50 in just over five hours. Definitely a "destination and not the journey" travel day!
Half way up the mountain we hit rain that turned into light snow flurries off and on. Temps dropped to freezing but the road remained free of ice and none of the snow made it to the ground or even the car hood. Both of us have been to South Lake Tahoe, but it has been many years. I was surprised at how "developed" it is. The weather made it gray and mono-chromatic, but still beautiful.
We were most looking forward to seeing extended family and the informal gathering at the hotel's conference room was a wonderful start. Lots of hugs and laughs and catching up.
The morning looked a bit different and it was very cold.
After breakfast with our sister-in-law Marilynn, we returned to the hotel to get ready for the big event.
Fortunately the couple had moved the venue from beach front to a lovely lodge overlooking the lake, and although the skies were overcast there was no rain or snow to dampen the wedding.
The couple requested that no photos be uploaded on the Internet so you'll just have to take my word for how beautiful it was :-) David is Wayne's only son, and it was very important for Bill to be there for David after his father's passing last year. It was bittersweet for all of us to be together again.
We wrapped up our family visiting with bbq and brews at a house one of the kids rented , and of course more hugs and catching up!!
Saturday morning was bright and sunny so we continued northeast on Hwy 50 rather than backtracking. When we launch in a couple weeks we are heading up Hwy 395 so we thought this would be a good chance to check out the route, a couple campgrounds, and the condition of the road.
I've only been to Carson Valley once and have always thought I could live there. Seeing it from above furthered that opinion - what a beautiful place! It has everything you need, yet Gardnerville still maintains that small town feel. Breakfast at a wonderful local café in Minden, and we headed south on Hwy 395.
|Love the mountains on all sides of town|
|The Cowboy Café in Minden, cute and tasty|
We stopped and took some pics at the Fremont historic marker at Devil's Gate, made a pit stop at the June Lake cutoff, and checked out a couple campgrounds in Bishop.
|My favorite kind of snow - off the highway|
|At the Fremont marker, Devil's Gate|
|Miles of beautiful|
|Mt Whitney just hanging out in the back|
|Horses instead of skateboards for the locals|
|Random bump of red|
|Coming to the end of the mountains|
It was good to get out of the Jeep, it was good to see Richie and Tessa, and it was good knowing it's the last time we'll return to the apartment from a trip :-))))
18 more days.