Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter (and Chesar Chavez Day, too!)

Easter was well celebrated by Rai and Kotaru thanks to all the grandparents in their lives! First, "Grandma" Lisa in Markleeville gave them some great bunny ears, tails, and teeth to wear and send us off to the local school in Woodfords for their annual Easter egg hunt. Then, when we got home, we found an Easter package in the mail from "Grandma" Peggy. All the while, Grandma and Grandpa were scheming, planning the best Easter morning anyone could have. It began with some magic (Easter rabbits pulled from hats!), an Easter egg scavenger hunt, and blueberry pancakes so good we lost count at nine... or was it ten?  Happy Easter and don't forget to think about Cesar Chavez and his legacy today, too.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

And... Back Indoors

Although Rai and Ko were now used to life at the cabin again and, in fact, were accomplishing great things, we had to leave a day early as, mysteriously, everyone was starting to feel a bit under the weather. So, with a final, quick stop at the hot springs, we said farewell ot the cabin life. We'll be back in two months!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fear of Snow: Conquered!

For nearly 10 consecutive snowy visits to the cabin, Rai has been deathly afraid of snow. There was now logical explanation for it. He never slipped and fell in snow. He never suffered through the chill of a winter blizzard. Actually, come to think of it, he had never even touched snow with his hands or feet. So, like many childhood fears, this fear was completely illogical and, as a result, frustrating for us. We had tons of cute hats, snowpants, boots and snowsuits all ready for our winter visits to the cabin. All went unused.
So, it is with great joy and pride that we can finally announce that Rai has overcome his irrational fear of the snow. In December, he walked in the snow. And, during this visit, he walked and slid in the little snow that remains by the cabin without comment nor complaint. In fact, he enjoyed it! Naturally, I've started planning all the father and son snowboarding, sledding, and snow hiking we'll be doing. Unfortunately, all that aforementioned snow gear is now too small. I frowned as Ashe rifled through it and piled most of it into one giant stack labelled: Goodwill.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Waterfall Hike

If you've been following our site for a while, you're already familiar with the waterfall hike from our cabin. We know every twist and turn on this trail by heart, too, but it's still on our must-do list every single time we're here. Normally, however, this hike is impossible at this time of year. Unfortunately, there's been so little snow this year and the weather has been so warm that we were able to do the hike today and only had to cross a couple snowy patches. Normally, the Ranger's wife tells us, they don't do their season opening waterfall hike until June. What a difference!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Day at South Lake

No visit to the cabin, even these shorter visits, would be complete without a day trip to South Lake Tahoe. And, while visiting, there are those few places we must see. Some are closed for the season, but we did make it to the Tallac Historic Site, to Grass Roots grocery, to the Library, and to both Sprouts and Blue Angel restaurants. We were reminded just how small the community is here when, while at the Blue Angel, the same friendly waitress we always see there, was there to help us and two tables were occupied by the same couples we saw there when we last visited 3 months ago. The world may be big, but South Lake Tahoe is small.