And visiting a pool at 8,200 feet elevation next to snowy mountains was definitely a first for us.
The pool was heated, but it was not very warm. The wind off the snow was definitely chilly.
But what kids (young and old), don't love a pool?
And what photographer doesn't love a pool with snow-capped mountains in the background?
The hot tub was a lot more appealing, but the kids weren't old enough to swim in there this time. Noni brought some snow over to the pool ledge and Orelia kept sneaking bites of it (yuck), and Bennett used his trucks to dig with it.
A few days after we visited they had skiing on these mountains for 4th of July, but I'm glad we stuck to the pool idea.
One day these kids might ski the slopes from Squaw Valley used in the Olympics, but for now we drank hot chocolate by the pool instead.
We drove back home today, and even though I wasn't missing home, it's good to be back.
Vacations are filled with sweet treats, staying up past bedtime (adults and kids alike), and lots of new and exciting things.
But tonight I got to take Harper for my usual evening walk around the block, and it was so relaxing to be in my neighborhood strolling past the same neighbors I usually see every day.
We don't have gigantic bags of Doritos within hands-reach at home, so the kids devoured actual green vegetables at dinner tonight.
From the time we got home (around 2:30 PM) until bedtime, Orelia has changed her outfit at least a dozen times (probably more). She is loving being reunited with her wardrobe again.
Bennett had at least twenty trucks and vehicles on vacation with us, but he has laid hands on every truck we left behind in the few short hours we have been home.
While we got plenty of beach time the past two weeks, I'm not sure the kids set foot on a single patch of grass during that time. This evening they couldn't get enough of barefoot games of chase in our backyard.
Tomorrow John goes back to work, and we will all be devastated.
Losing all the Daddy time will be especially hard on Bennett, who has barely let John out of his sight for two weeks. Whenever John went to run an errand or walk Harper, Bennett was screaming to accompany him (and John is too nice to say no).
Orelia will be missing her partner in adventures, as there aren't any ziplines, tubing, or horseback riding in her near future.
On our drive home today we passed some lakes and rivers that are close to home. They all looked a murky green, instead of the beautiful blue of Lake Tahoe.
There's plenty to be happy about back home, but Lake Tahoe captured our hearts this trip, and we can't wait to swim in this cold but gorgeous lake again soon!