Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mini Vacation - Lake Tahoe, CA

Just a few thank yous for making my first trip to Tahoe possible. 1. Rob & Ryan with papy adventures ( 2. Momma C for allowing for me to raid her frequent flyer miles and score a free round trip flight to Tahoe. 3. My ulcerative colitis/crohns disease for inspiring me to come up with a creative excuse for missing school.

the group at Kirkwood
I just returned to reality after an awesome weekend. I took a leap and went on a trip with 54 strangers (I knew 2 people (kind of)). And it was completely worth it. I flew into the Reno/Tahoe airport - after a quick reroute to Sacramento because of tough weather conditions- to meet up with two strangers Shelia & Andres to drive to Tahoe from Reno. It felt a bit like a real world moment when everyone starts to meet. After an easy drive we arrived at the house that would be home for 56 people for the next 4 days. There were a few other out of towners- some boys from st. Louis and the trip coordinators already there as we got settled, an hour or so later the remaining 45+ people arrived via charter bus from Los Angeles.
Once they got in, the party started- which included lots of drinking & skiing. Now I'm quite good at drinking, but skiing was definitely a challenge. The first day we went to Heavenly which has the most amazing view of the lake while you ski. I spent the morning with Leo- and the afternoon venturing around by myself. I didn't fall at all, mostly because I was moving to slowly for that to happen. We had a blast hanging out and drinking Friday night, Phil & I dominated on the beer pong table all night, which resulted in a nasty headache Saturday morning. I did survive and hung out at Kirkwood. The runs there are more challenging than heavenly. I don't think I'll ever be any good at skiing, but I'm okay with that..

State Line- Nevada/California

St. Louis Boys!

the Tram to the top of Heavenly
It was quite an experience to go on a ski trip (when I don't ski) with a whole lot of strangers, which combined sounds like a complete disaster, but it couldn't be more opposite.  I had such a great time.  I can't wait until next year.

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