This past Christmas we packed up our boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves, and headed down to my brother’s home in Truckee, California. Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is just West of the Nevada state line, and North of Lake Tahoe. It’s home to a smaller lake, with a name you might recognize: Donner Lake. The infamous emigrants of the Donner Party traveled from Illinois in search of a better life, and were literally stopped in their tracks by the massive amounts of snow here.
We didn’t get quite as much snow as the Donner Party saw, and we obviously weren’t traveling by wagon, but in our short visit, I caught a glimpse of just how daunting the snow can be in the Tahoe area. In fact, our original arrangement to stay with my brother’s in-laws, just a 10 minute drive away but up another 500 feet in elevation was aborted because the trek, even with a 4-wheel drive truck and a Colorado native at the wheel was just too risky. Luckily there was room at the house my mom, and our good friend were renting, and they didn’t mind having even more up-close and personal time with us.
Slaed had to pave the way out the door just about every time we left the house. There was almost always another fresh layer of snow.
Believe it or not, we did not hit the slopes that the region is so famous for. I have no skills, and Slaed (much to his dismay) has bad knees, but we enjoyed the white-stuff nonetheless.
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