Sunday, May 21, 2006

Lake Tahoe - Reno


Just came back from a short weekend trip to Lake Tahoe and Reno. My wife's grandparents are here and so took them, her uncle, aunt and her aunt's mother to the two places. Did all that we had planned to do but not as much as we'd have liked to have done. But then again, considering that the ages of the people who accompanied us ranged from more than 80 years to less than 1 year, I'm quite happy that we even managed to do what we did!

We drove to Lake Tahoe on Saturday and after a short break at the resort where we were staying, we drove to Reno the same night. Spent the time at Circus Circus, letting the elders gamble and take in the sights. They proved to be much better gamblers than us since for the first time in our casino-going history, we walked out with more money(even if it was just $2.25) than we went in with. Also drove around quite a bit in downtown Reno getting a look at all the casinos but this was not intentional. It was forced by all the road closures and detours!

Today we drove around the rim of Lake Tahoe. Its quite a scenic place with the huge lake and its sparkling blue water and snow-capped peaks rising high in the background. So though it is primarily a winter destination, it still has something for the nature lover during summer also. The drive around the lake includes some nice views from a bunch of vista points as well as drives through some cute little towns.

It started raining just as started our drive back and the rain came down real hard for the next few hours. So the drive back through all those winding roads wasn't a lot of fun.

It was a while since I made a joint trip to these 2 places and this trip reminded me that the two together make a perfect weekend destination. So I've already started making plans for another trip in the next couple of months. Hopefully, we can do a little more on that trip...

12 Comments:

At 6:47 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Balaji, apart from Lake Tahoe, can you list good destination spots (that can be covered in a 3-day visit say) in Calif and nearby. In know there are few in San Fran like Golden Gate bridge etc.Maybe NAPA valley too. Anything else? I wouldnt have thought of Reno at all. So anything outside Calif that is drivable withina day is also welcome. Thax.

 
At 6:48 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

and one more thing when you take elders with you, do you book resorts with a kitchenette or how do you manage food and such?

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

that photo tells lots abt the place and the great time u all must ve had. And with a big group, i m sure u all must have enjoyed each and every moment."the ages of the people who accompanied us ranged from more than 80 years to less than 1 year",wondering the places we all saw when we were a year old. Guess "home", "hospitals","temples"wld have been 3 places in that list.

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-

That sounds like a well planned enjoyable trip except for the rain on the drove back. My parents are visiting us and i want to do the same package tour sometime in June, will be contacting you for more details on places to stay, things to do etc.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Karthik SC said...

In Computer Networks, we have two TCP congestion avoidance algorithms called Tahoe and Reno.Now I know that they are named after two lakes.Does anyone here know the reason

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous ram said...

Yet another shade of that beautiful lady- Mother Nature!

The winters bring out the fair-complexioned woman in her

While the nights brings out the dusky beauty in all her glory

Looked at this pic and realized that she, like all of us, has shades of gray!

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijay, mystery spot - monterey bay aquarium - 17-mile drive - carmel beach is a perfect 1-day trip.

if u go to napa, u should combine it with calistoga, which has that big geyser.

and yosemite should definitely be on the list - ideally 2 day trip though we have made 1-day trips also.

will add later if i remember any more...

refrigerator and microwave r both a must for us(whether taking babies or elders!). thats enough for shorter trips(esp. in places with indian restaurants around). but this time we booked a unit with a kitchenette at one of the resorts though it was just 1 night.

prasanna, yep. on trips its always 'the more the merrier' :)

mitr, a li'l too much driving but very enjoyable. hoping to correct that too next trip. maybe u'll run into us when u go too :)

karthik, i didn't even know about those 2 names! networks r not my fav topic :)

ram, guess nature brings out the poet in everyone :)

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Balaji,
Glad to see that you are back safe.
I was watching the big chain accident on I-80 yesterday.

Tahoe is amazing.!!!

The next time you go..please let me know..I live 1 minute from Fairfield Exit. I'd like to meet with you sometime.

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

narayanan, didn't know about the accident. but i'm glad we didn't take I-80. thanx for the invite... will take u up on it soon :)

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

balaji, thanks!

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

only one photo ...

:(

 
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