Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Loving Life in Lake Tahoe

We love Lake Tahoe! I've been going there since I was about five years old, and when Jonathan and I moved up to Northern California in 2005, I couldn't wait to share it with him.

We visit Tahoe many times a year, mostly in the summer and winter, but we try and make a trip up in the spring and fall, as well. Every August, we go up with my dad and step mom and stay for about four days in Incline Village. Incline is on the Nevada side and is simply breathtaking. 

We look forward to this trip every year. It's pure relaxation. Lazy days on the private beach, soaking up the sun and playing on rafts in the water. Sometimes, we ride bikes, hike, or drive the scenic 72 miles around the lake, devouring the beauty each shore has to offer.

We were hoping that we would have a baby to bring with us this year. It's a perfect place for kids, and every year, we enjoy watching children of all ages building sand castles and playing with their parents in the water. Each year that we don't have our baby, we feel a twinge of sadness, but we try and remain optimistic and know that soon, we can join in on the family fun. 

We are truly blessed to live so close to the pristine mountains and serenity of Lake Tahoe. We can't wait to go back in winter to ski, snowboard, and snowshoe along lake trails. 

Being in nature, I'm always reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path...
and leave a trail."

We don't have a path to follow in open adoption. There's no path; there is only unknown and sometimes, like a forest, it's dark and dense, and there seems to be no end in sight. But, other times, it's like Lake Tahoe. It's beautiful, vast, deep, and brimming with endless inlets and possibilities. We may not know where this adoption journey will take us, but I know we'll leave a remarkable trail. 

See you soon Lake Tahoe. Stay blue!
McCloud Condos (where we stay)

A stormy day at the Lake

Shan and J  
Beautiful Emerald Bay

Incline Village Private Beach

One of our water toys

Looking towards west shore

The Truckee Meadow

Enjoying our morning walk 
Panoramic view of the beach

Seagull doing a little dance

J hanging out on the "ski" chair

One of the geese patrol dogs, Sneakers

South Lake Tahoe Casinos

Painted sky through the trees

Daily view from our beach spot

All smiles at Emerald Bay

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