Growing up, I spent many summers in Lake Tahoe. My cousins and I would spend late morning hunting for golf balls outside our cabin, afternoons catching the “waves” at Kings Beach and evenings after my MeMaw’s famous Waldorf Salad (or Dallara classic meat pasta) full and sleepy curled up on the floor watching Bye Bye Birdie. I have since spent many summers and a few winters in Lake Tahoe. Each visit welcomes me with clean crisp air that I’ve grown to appreciate even more after moving to SoCal.

It’s funny how people come into our lives that have connections with sweet spots in our pasts. That is what happened when I started to get to know my boyfriend Brian. He lit up telling stories of childhood summers spent in Tahoe. He told me of adventures with cousins and even brought me back some of his Tahoe rock finds from a solo visit to see his parents. It was far too early for me to go with him, but when he brought those rocks back, I knew our meeting wasn’t just a coincidence.

We’ve since gone back many times together to visit Brian’s parents in Carson City. These last couple of visits have included my family as well, and there are some spots that I must share! Whether it’s a modern charcuterie board at The Union brewery or a Reggae concert featuring Marla Brown, Carson City is a place that seems to pleasantly surprise me each visit.



Now, when it comes time for reliving our childhoods, Brian and I make time to enjoy the outdoors in Lake Tahoe. He is a fish and has to jump in the water at least once a day. This time, even with a keratin treatment, I decided to plunge. Refreshing is an understatement.  Kayaking outside Sand Harbor, one is surrounded by drinkable, clean, icy-cold water. If I wasn’t worried about losing my contacts, I’d open my eyes to see the Carribean -esque blue water that changes colors every few feet. Interested in floating with a cooler, beers, and music? The Truckee River Rafting did not disappoint. 

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