You know the old saying “if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes? Well that sure applied to today’s weather. My son Alex, my mother and I took a 45 minute drive to Lake Tahoe today. We wanted to check out some well known thrift stores and see the lake. The weather started out great here in Carson City; it was in the high 60’s. Knowing the elevation of Tahoe is around 6300 feet (Carson sits at 4500 feet) I grabbed a jacket and headed out the door!
The drive was pleasant; it is always nice to leave the dessert and head into the forest. We got to Incline Village just as the stores were opening. I had a map of all the thrift stores but should have known to call ahead. Two of the thrift stores on my list were gone and the ones that were left had little to offer. Still it was nice to get out of town.
After visiting two thrift/antique stores we looked for a place to eat. We found a really great pub called Coogins. The building and staff were very warm and inviting. The pub chairs were very comfortable and the tables were made of large dark wood planks, something I would expect to find in Europe.
We ordered the house appetizer special Irish Nachos which consisted of big wedges of potatoes smothered in cheese and bacon. It was great! We chatted about blogs and things; turns out my mother reads my blog, I had no idea.
Out in the parking lot we struck up a conversation with some locals; again the feeling was warm and friendly. They reminded me of people I knew when I lived on the north coast of California. Made me home sick for California, if only I could afford the cost of living!
Next we headed to South Lake Tahoe to find the big Salvation Army store, once again I should have called around. After driving past what should have been the address twice I broke down and asked for directions. Sure enough even the Salvation Army has fallen on hard times, the store was gone. My mother wanted to take in some more scenery so we headed back to Carson with the intent on taking the long way home. Before we could take the 88 cut off it started snowing! We were having such a good time enjoying ourselves we failed to notice the gathering storm. We got home before the storm started in earnest so no harm done.
Despite the change in weather I was very happy to get out. I am always so busy between work, school and reading it is a wonder I get out at all. We plan on going back in the spring, but even then I will remember to take a jacket.