Some of us hopped in the car and headed up to the Sierras (Soda Springs) ..hitting some outrageous traffic which resulted in the drive lasting 6 hours instead of the normal 3 1/2 hours. The "pain" was forgotten once we arrived at this idylic cabin owned by DZ's cousin.
Some hopped in their very own private plane and arrived in an hour.
I just love the pine scent that infuses the air ..... The weather was impeccable...bright blue sunny sky with 80 degree temp.
Martha and I got up early Saturday morning (while every one else slept) and took a "stroll" around Lake Van Norden. We had the place to ourselves...not a sole in sight.
Just love the peace, beauty and serenity
We decided to stay away from the crazy crowded Lake Tahoe and instead drove a few miles on a rutty dirt road to Long Lake. Ah...it was spectacular.
And lounged on rocks...
And enjoyed the crystal cool refreshing lake.
I don't know why, but being in the mountains makes you hungry. I must have brought enough food to feed an army of at least 20...Martha brought her folding table and set it up outside on the granite rock deck. It was perfect!
And boy did we eat...here are some samplings...
|Can't get enough of this little guy|
Night time came and decorations came out
Candles were lit
|Martha found the huge vintage canning jar and turned it into a candle holder with candles with my signature color.|
Songs were sung .... cake devoured.
|Sophie made the deelish cupcakes and Martha made the flags (both on the cakes and hanging from the house.|