Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekend Update: I'm falling in love...

So I'll admit, over the past month, I had been a tad down on life in Tahoe. 

We literally live on top of a mountain so it's very remote, the roads are crazy steep, our cell reception is awful, there is no real shopping within 45 minutes and no mall within 90 minutes, and overall it's just very different than the suburban lifestyle I'm used to.

However, Tahoe and I made huge strides in our relationship this weekend, because I finally saw this...

I'm in love. 

That's the view I saw from the top of the mountain when we were skiing yesterday, and it literally took my breath away. (My cell phone pic doesn't do it justice!) So while there may be certain aspects of life here that are a bit of an adjustment, the fact that the chairlift to take me up to this amazing view is literally less than 5 minutes from my house is pretty incredible. 

But more on skiing in a minute.

Time for a little weekend recap! This weekend was pretty low-key, relaxing, and not super productive...and that's ok by me. Cam and I got sucked into a few too many reruns of The Big Bang Theory (TBS is airing it like nonstop these days!) and Tosh.O (so raunchy, yet so hilarious), and it was nice to have some downtime. 

My weekend started out with a special delivery--my new skis! I know nothing about ski stuff, but luckily my brother-in-law is extremely knowledgeable and managed to find me a great pair of skis that someone was selling out in Oregon. They got delivered Friday afternoon, and while I know nothing about different kinds of skis, I love the way these ones look...and that's what matters to me! Aren't they pretty?

Friday night we just stayed in and chilled, but Saturday morning we finally did something I've been wanting to do for a long time--snowshoeing! 

We had never tried snowshoeing before, but I really enjoyed it. It's honestly just the snow, there is no real skill involved aka my kind of sport. Cam and I both love hiking and so it was nice to get out "hike" a part of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Although we didn't end up seeing any animals, we saw a ton of different tracks in the woods. It was a perfect sunny day, and the woods were so extremely peaceful. 


This picture makes me happy :)

The rest of Saturday, we pretty much continued our relaxation/TV theme until we got the bright idea to run to the grocery store to pick up some food on the shopping list for watching the 11PM. Since we had planned to go skiing on Sunday we didn't want to have to deal with going afterwards, and when we realized our grocery store is open 24 hours we just decided to get it over with. Late-night grocery shopping on a Saturday night, it doesn't get much more wild than that. 

We live on the edge people.

(Honestly though, it wasn't half bad. The store was empty and it was oddly fun...definitely won't be an every Saturday night thing, but it was kind of nice change of pace)

Sunday morning, we got up bright and early to hit the slopes! (Also, we still have to find a good church here in Tahoe...need to get on that ASAP!) We live super close to the chairlifts for Heavenly ski resort on the Nevada side, and it's neat because you can actually ski over to the runs on the California side since Heavenly sits in the middle of the two states. Cam and I have season passes, and we've both finally accumulated all the ski gear we need so we can just drive to the lift and get on the chairlift without the hassles of having to rent anything or buy lift tickets which is awesome. We'd gone skiing once before since moving here, but the weather was bad and we only ended up doing a few runs. Yesterday's weather, however, was AWESOME. Blue skies, sunshine, and while the snow wasn't great (it hasn't snowed here in forever!) it was still a beautiful day and we ended up doing a bunch of different runs on the Nevada and the California sides of the mountain. 

I don't know why I continue to take these chairlift pics where it looks like I'm high...high on life!

Now let me just say this, I am not a good skier...yet. It's not something I grew up doing, so it still feels pretty foreign to me and I really don't like going fast because I hate feeling like I'm out of control. However, I think it's healthy to do things that are out of your comfort zone and push you to grow as a person. I remember when I started cross country in high school, I never thought I'd be able to run 3 miles...and just a few months ago I ran a race that was over twice that distance! So I know if I just put my mind to it, I'll get it eventually. So although skiing scares me a little bit now, when you're at the top of the mountain looking out and the most unbelievable view of the lake, it makes that little bit of fear totally worth it! Plus, I like that it's something Cam and I can have fun doing together, and it's great exercise (aka I'm sore today!). I was definitely more anxious on the runs in the beginning of the day yesterday, but by the afternoon I already felt like I had gained a lot of confidence and was doing much better. I'm really excited to keep going back and hopefully keep improving! 

One of the things I love about having a season pass is that the pass itself has a little chip in it that allows you to track everything you do on the mountain. You can go online or download an app for your phone that syncs up with your pass and allows you to see how many vertical feet you've skied, which runs you've done, etc. But my favorite thing is that they have professional photographers take your picture at different spots on the mountain, and then just by scanning your pass, they can upload automatically to your Facebook! (Technology never ceases to amaze me...) Here are some of our pictures from yesterday:

Snowshoeing, skiing, and kissing on top of a mountain all in the same weekend. This is my life now and I'm not complaining :)

And last but not least, yesterday we had our friend Aaron over to watch the Super Bowl! Aaron was one of Cam's roommates senior year of college, and now he coincidentally lives in Reno, so it was great to see a familiar face. I wasn't really rooting for either team, and I didn't find the commercials to be particularly interesting this year. I only half-watched Madonna's performance because I was too busy chatting and cooking! I completely forgot to get any pictures of people during our Superbowl get-together, but I did take some pictures of the food and I'll be sharing those recipes tomorrow!

See ya then! Xoxo


  1. those pictures are so pretty!!! I'm glad you go to use your snowshoes! And your new Northface jacket!!!

  2. I can see how being so far away from everything could be an adjustment, but wow, that view is just stunning :)

    Love all your photos from skiing and snow shoeing - there is something so magical about the snow and pine trees and outdoor feel of it all!


  3. This post made me want to go skiing so bad! You lucky girl.

  4. I can understand how hard adjusting to a new place can be. But it's gorgeous there! Definitely something to appreciate. :)

  5. I love that picture of y'all with your shadows on the snow!!

  6. looks so magical :) you're a cute little ski bunny! haha {my mom calls skiers that} and I am also SUPER jealous. I haven't hit the slopes this season at all!

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  7. You are right the view is gorgeous! I'm sure a new place will grow on you. When I moved from New Orleans to Austin with my fiance 3 years ago. I hated it. I would cry all the time missed my friends. It still doesn't feel like "home" but it is growing on me.

  8. GREAT PICS! I especially liked your heart drawn in the snow. So cute.

  9. Ahh, I love Tahoe! Heavenly is beautiful, as is Kirkwood! Great photos!!

    { I'm in Florida, I had shorts on today :[ }

  10. Yay! I'm so glad that you're starting to feel more at home in Tahoe.

    I have a very special place in my heart for snow shoeing-- Stephen and I did it the weekend we got engaged. I'm glad you liked it :)

  11. lovely photos! everything looks so beautiful!

  12. I love the picture of your initials in the snow and your shadows - such a great photo!

    It's hard to adjust living to somewhere new, but it's nice when you get settled and start to enjoy your new surroundings. :)

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  14. Beautiful pictures!! You are so lucky to be living in a place that beautiful!! Not only is it breathtaking in the winter, but in the summer it's gorgeous as well!!

  15. So many pretty pictures!! You guys look so happy. I love it!!!

  16. Holy cow. Sounds like you had a freaking amazing weekend!
    I have never been skiing, but it looks like so much fun! Have you been snowboarding? I've always wanted to try that, too, but I've heard it's hard!
    That view is incredible.

  17. That view is amazing!! So gorgeous! Love your skis too!

  18. i looove skiing. my sister lives in alaska and she cross country skis...i've never done it yet, but maybe one day! i'll stick to downhill skiing for now.

  19. Gorgeous! My in-laws live in South Lake Tahoe. They work at Sierra Shores (not sure if you know where that is or not.) We go up there at least once in the summer and once in the winter.

    I tried snow-shoeing for the first time last winter (or maybe it was two winters ago) and it's totally my kinda sport! Just walking - loved it! haha :-)

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  20. You are the cutest skier! And the view is beautiful.

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  21. so glad you found my blog so i was able to discover yours! LOVE it! so much i added it to my blogroll haha :)

    1. i think tahoe reminds me sooo much of norway! not much to do, but absolutely STUNNING! and lots of skiing. i have yet to attempt skiing but that is something im wanting to start up with next season (being jobless means i cant afford skiis...yet!) :) your photos are gorgeous. ive never been to tahoe.

    2. i love that you travel so much :) (i may or may not have stalked your 'about me' and 'travels' pages).

    3. i also love your blog title and how you broke it down into what it means.

  22. great pictures! glad you had a cool experience to remind you that you live in a wonderful place :) i lived near there as a little girl and have great memories learning to ski on the bunny slopes!

  23. Awww looks like you guys had a blast! So glad! I want to go snow shoeing again...there are so many great spots here! :)


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