Friday, June 28, 2013

Goodbye Tahoe

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday...we are moving!

I'll have more details to share on Monday, but to give you a little bit of info now we are moving to Portland, Oregon! Today is actually my last day here in Tahoe because I'm flying out to Michigan first thing tomorrow morning for another wedding. I know that this move probably seems super sudden (because it is) and the timing is a little bittersweet. Cameron and I are absolutely thrilled about this transition, but because things are happening so fast it's a little difficult to say good-bye to everyone we would have liked in the short time we had left.

But since this is my last day living here, I feel it's important to take the time to reflect for a minute before we close this chapter and move on to next one...so here goes.



Living in Tahoe for the past year and a half has not always been easy, and there are definitely a lot of things I did not like about living here. This place is very remote and it can feel very isolating. We've had to deal with challenges like having bears pick through our trash and having to shovel our front door because it's blocked with snow. I work from home, and I've definitely experienced days that have been very long and lonely here. Being so far away from both sides of our family was difficult. Not to mention, our house is on the side of a mountain and some days I literally thought it was going to collapse because the wind would be whistling so loudly outside that it felt like the foundation was shaking.

As my mom would say, "Living is Tahoe is not for the lightweights."

So although there have been some tough times living in Tahoe, I can honestly say that the good has far outweighed the bad over the past year and a half. I feel like this place has caused so much growth for Cameron and I, both individually and together, and we've made some really happy memories here. And because I always knew this is not where we would be putting down roots, I really tried to make a concerted effort to appreciate the immense beauty all around us here. Not once did seeing the lake ever get old, and I feel like we really tried our best to savor every minute we had in this gorgeous place.

Here are just a few things that I'm genuinely going to miss when we move...


The lake
No shock there. I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but even after a year and a half I still can't get over how brilliantly blue it is. Depending on the sky, it can range from shades of turquoise to cerulean to gray, but it's always so clear and beautiful!  


Our house
 It's old, outdated, and kind of falling apart--but I secretly love it.

Being able to take Lola out in the mornings in my bathrobe 
I seriously look like cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation most days.


The friends we've made
We've been blessed to have met some awesome people here in Tahoe over the last year and a half, and I'm sad that I won't get them chance to know them better now that we're leaving! 


Being so close to great skiing 
Our house here is three minutes from the chairlifts on the Nevada side of Heavenly, and so it's been really awesome to be so close to amazing skiing the past two winters. I wouldn't say I'm Lindsay Vonn-level quite yet (although people do tell me I look like her--ha!) I have definitely improved a lot while living here and genuinely enjoy skiing now!

Our neighbors
Our house in Tahoe is divided into an upstairs and downstairs apartment. Cam and I started off living in the downstairs apartment, but then last spring after the previous tenants moved out, we moved upstairs. We were really nervous that we'd end up with some crazy neighbors, but the couple, Liz and Nick, that ended up moving in have been really awesome! They have a dog (that Lola loves) and they've seriously been so great. They watched Lola for us when we went to Ireland/The UK for ten days this, and they're just really easy-going about everything. We'll text each other to the let each other's dog out if we're gone longer than anticipated and we even leave the door unlocked between our two apartments. We're definitely going to miss having them as neighbors! {The picture is from Halloween when Liz and I were out on our deck carving pumpkins with another friend--so fun!}

Not worrying about how I look or what I'm wearing when I go out to the house
Tahoe is so laid-back and it's kind of relaxing to feel like you don't have to get all dolled up!

Our gym
Working out has been a somewhat major point of conflict in our marriage until we started going to our gym here in Tahoe. Going to Elevated Fitness was really the first time Cameron and I found something we could really do together to workout. I work from home all day and needed that outlet to go burn off some energy, and it's been awesome because Cameron and I have been able to go together all year. It's really the first time in our relationship that we've been able to workout together really consistently and I think it's been really good for us--plus I am going to miss the people at our gym too! 

Being able to let Lola outside off the leash
I'm so used to just opening our front door and letting her wander all over the place, it's going to be hard to have to get used to putting her on the leash all the time again! 


Bluebird mornings
When the sky is impossibly blue and there is freshly fallen snow that's so white--there's really something magical about those days, especially here in Tahoe!

This is the Young Professional's group Cameron and I have been involved with, and it's actually been really fun! We've met some great people, tried some new restaurants here in Tahoe we wouldn't have otherwise, and I think it's made us that much more likely to seek out a similar type of organization when we move to Portland. (We actually went to their June mixer at this new Tahoe restaurant earlier this week and it was a great time!) 

The sunsets
We've been fortunate to see some amazing ones living here. 

Being able to drive to SF for the weekend
I feel like I've gotten the chance to really get to know San Francisco while living here as we've made quite a few weekend trips--it's an amazing city and I'll miss having it so close!


Taking Lola to the beach all the time
She never really liked to swim till we moved here, and it's been fun watching her learn to love the water over the past year. 

Driving down into the Carson Valley and seeing all the cute cows grazing
Cameron worked in the Carson Valley and I didn't drive down there all that much. However, it was always a treat when I did it because I loved how pastoral it was with all the cows grazing everywhere and the gorgeous views of the mountains!

The Schue Family
Although we have met a lot of great friends while living here, I have to give the Schues their own shout-out. I don't even remember how I randomly stumbled on Natasha's blog back in January of last year, but I just remember I found it on a day when I was feeling pretty depressed. It was in the bleak part of January, we had been in Tahoe a few weeks, I had just started a new job where I worked at home all day, and I remember thinking that I was never going to be able to meet any friends because we literally lived on the side of a mountain. I happened to find Natasha's blog and saw that she lived in South Lake Tahoe; I instantly felt encouraged, that maybe there were other people here my age/that I'd have things in common with! I sent her an email to tell her I had found her blog and that I was new to the area and she was so sweet and friendly right off the bat. She invited me to lunch, and when we met up that first time she brought me a stack of magazines about Tahoe. Ever since that first lunch, I have really enjoyed getting to get to know her better and build a great friendship--she is just as nice in person as she seems on her blog! Cam and I have also had the pleasure of getting to know Natasha's husband, Ryan, as well and he is also so nice. Really, there is no better couple we could have randomly met here in Tahoe because they are so well connected in the area and seriously know everyone! They have been so sweet about inviting us to their parties, introducing us to their friends, and really making us feel welcome and included here in Tahoe. Then to top it off, to get to see them go through the whole experience of becoming (awesome) first-time parents has been so much fun. Their little boy, Ethan, is literally the happiest baby ever and to be able to watch them grow into this adorable family of three the past year has been so cool. I realize this is like a crazy long paragraph and I don't mean to gush, but I just really feel like meeting their family was such godsend and we've really appreciated their friendship. They helped make us feel at home in a place where it can be really hard to do that, and it's just been yet another reminder that God really does put people in your life when you need encouragement. It's also a testament to the fact that blogging can build real-life friendships, and I hope we can stay friends for years to come!
(I totally took the picture above from your blog btw Natasha!)

Going to Red Hut for breakfast on Saturday mornings
Our fun little tradition. 

How incredibly bright the stars are at night at our house
Pictures wouldn't do this justice, it's just insane. 


The aspens in the fall 
There are so many around our house, I loved the fall here. 


Being out on the water/beach on a sunny day
Again, I know I sound like a broken record but summer here is amazing.

The complete lack of materialism/competitiveness here
Although the lack of shopping here has been one of my biggest complaints about living here, I've really come to find such immense peace over the past year and a half in the fact that there is really no stress to try keep up with the Joneses at all. I feel like when you're in a city, there's this unspoken pressure to want to buy things just because you see other people with cool stuff and subconsciously (or consciously) you want to keep up. Just being totally removed from that here has been really freeing. (Just don't tell Cameron I said that--ha!)


Seeing the bright white snow on Mt. Tallac against the blue sky on a sunny day
Another thing that never gets old. And I'm so glad we got to hike it too!

A little piece of my heart will always be in Tahoe, and the wonderful thing about this place is that I know we can always come back....for vacation. It's a short flight from Portland, and I know Cameron and I would both love to be able to take family vacations here one day in the future. Although people flock here for vacation in both the summer and winter, for us I feel like it will be that much more special than for the average tourist because we've made so many great memories the last year and a half.

But for now, it's time to move on! I'm off to Michigan (again) tomorrow morning and I'm really looking forward to seeing my family! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Xoxo

PS: In case you're ever visiting, you can find my guide to Tahoe here! :)

15 comments:

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  2. You're seriously making me cry right now! Don't go!! We will miss you all so much and have loved getting to know you and it was just so amazing to know I had a like-minded girlfriend around the corner! The feeling is really mutual on our end too...it was such a blessing to meet you and Cam and I'm so glad blogging brought us together! We need to plan that trip to see you two STAT!!! Lots of Love!! XO

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  3. This is all happening so fast!!! I can't believe it! But I'm so happy that you're moving on to another great city, where I'm sure you'll be making even more awesome memories!

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  4. New to your blog. Those views are amazing. It's sad to leave somewhere but on to new beginnings and memories :)

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  5. Oh my goodness what a beautiful tribute to Lake Tahoe! And I met Natasha once when she and Ryan were visiting in San Diego and she really is the sweetest. So glad you guys could become friends. Love the blogging community! Good luck with your move!!!

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  6. Aw great goodbye to Tahoe post! You'll have so much fun in Portland too though there is so much to do there and almost equally as diverse. Lots of hiking, LOTS of rain.. Only downside I'd say but your close to the coast. I've always loved Portland my family all lives there.

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  7. Moving from one gorgeous place to another!! Ive always want to go to Portland! I heaar it is similar to Austin :)

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  8. Oh wow! How exciting!! Can't wait to hear more about it.

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  9. Looks like you are leaving behind a beautiful place full of special memories. But sounds like y'all will be able to fit in just fine in Portland, Oregon! Best wishes and good luck with the move. Can't wait to read updates once y'all are settled.

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  10. are you making the move for a job change? Portland is going to be so much fun for you guys! I can tell you two are going to love it! And Lola. Tahoe has a habit of stealing everyone's hearts that comes to visit, and when you get older you will definitely come and visit with your kids. It will always be my favorite place on the planet. And for the few of us that have gotten to visit as many times as we have (or live there as you did!) we should be lucky! But Portland is going to be another great place for you guys to live. :)

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  11. Hi.... I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago. Where is that Tahoe chalkboard map photo from? I love it and want one.

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  12. I am glad you enjoyed your time at Lake Tahoe and I am really glad a mutual friend pointed out your blog to me. I so agree with the comment about the complete lack of materialism/competitiveness in this area. That (along with jobs, etc) has influenced us in staying in the area for 20+ years. Enjoy your time in Portland!

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  13. I enjoyed this post so much! I recently moved back home to MS from CA where I was travel nursing and find myself longing for San Fran and Tahoe more than anything else. I was in Yuba City, CA which is in the middle of nowhere, but thankfully close enough for weekend trips to places really fun. Tahoe will always hold a special place in my heart as well! Best of luck on your new Portland adventure! :)

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