First visit to Stanford Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake!
Giant Cedars Boardwalk…!
Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk…!
Covered cooking/picnic areas…
Stuck in construction traffic…
Entering the town of Revelstoke…
Revelstoke Railway Museum…
The Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven not far from Revelstoke in Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885, completing the tracks of Canada’s first transcontinental railroad.
Rented bikes and went on an off-road adventure…
Drove Meadows to the Sky Parkway (16 miles) up to the top off Mount Revelstoke. We’ve heard that the view is beautiful, but unfortunately, the smoke from the nearby fires blocked the views today. Would also have been nice if someone had told us that Balsam Lake at the top would be dry by August!
Exploring the Nels Nelson Hill (ski jump) area…
Have to rave about this place in Revelstoke that we went to for lunch AND dinner. Indian-German fusion!! Must try if you’re in the area.
Went on a nice walk around the Crystal Springs Reservoir with some of the structural engineering students, while Henning’s group biked up from Stanford to meet us for a picnic lunch.
Hen’s aunt Nancy found two CUTE houses for the family to rent in Boyes Hot Springs, not far from Sonoma. She also bought enough food for a few weeks. It was amazing…
Wine tasting! @ Gundlach Bundschu. Love the artwork!
PS it was also Bruce’s 60th birthday (half of the reason for the weekend celebration). :)
My coworkers and I decided to go wine tasting for the weekend!
Our first stop was Lava Vine in Calistoga. Great wine, and EVEN BETTER food pairings! Mango dipped in sea salt and crushed red pepper… strawberries… dark chocolate sprinkled in olive oil and salt…
ALSO. Awesome bathroom with chalk boards on the walls!
Lunch at Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena. Local vegetarian-fed beef with no antibiotics or growth hormones, yay!! The picnic-style environment was great, too…
…and the views…!
After-lunch stop at Sequoia Grove Vineyards. Susie was a member, so free tastings for everyone!
Sitting out back, Stacie and I contemplating how great it would be to have a wedding up here haha.
Passed out in the backseat on the way home. Doesn’t really get much better than that.
Little pieces from my day…
Saw this flattened picnic bench in the courtyard outside of Henning’s apartment! What happened???
After Muay Thai training, worked on this puzzle with Hen. The puzzle and the puzzle mat (so we can roll it up and store it!) were part of his birthday present from me and my parents. :)
Dinner at one of my favorite mom-and-pop restaurants, El Calderon. I was so glad Hen got to experience the great food and warm friendly service. It’s nothing flashy, but I always leave content.
Tamarindo, guanabana, pupusas, fried yucca with chicharrones, plantains, rice and beans. And pretty much the best boyfriend ever.
Went on a walk today with my Mom and Penny. I hope that we still have trees that big in 50 years. And lots of beautiful green spaces like this one. Even if the “lake” / reservoir is man-made. The dedication to leisure in nature wins big brownie points in my book, Los Gatos. I am also saddened by the fact that I did not have (i.e. Make) the time to have such a nice picnic and stroll like this more often during my periods of school and employment. I see a new goal in my midst!