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Tahoe & Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose
10,776 Feet Elevation
Somehow, we're already half way through July and I still haven't shared our pictures from Memorial Day Weekend! Let's just say, life has been busy lately. Our weekends have been filled to the brim with adventures, friends, & family. You won't hear me complaining, life is good!

So back to Memorial Day...

Andrew and I decided to spend our weekend in the Mountains, and drove up to Tahoe. Lucky for us, my cousins have a cabin there, and since they weren't using it they offered it to us. We drove up Friday after work, and somehow didn't hit too much traffic leaving the city. 

We didn't have set plans for the weekend other than paddle boarding and doing one longer hike. We decided to spend our Saturday relaxing and enjoying North Shore, and save our hike for Sunday. We were up early to go rent paddle boards for a couple hours on Saturday. I wish I had a waterproof case, but I wasn't brave enough to bring my camera or phone. It was so beautiful. Definitely a highlight of our weekend. The water was glass, which is pretty rare for Tahoe. We paddled for about an hour and a half along the shore; admiring the houses and beautiful Tahoe vistas. I was a little nervous since it was my first time paddle boarding, but I loved it! It was easier than I thought to balance, and I managed to stay dry. 
Enjoying the beach by our Cabin after paddle boarding!
After paddle boarding, we decided to drive down to Tahoe City to walk around and get lunch. I didn't realize that Andrew hadn't spent time in North Lake Tahoe before, so I was excited to show him around a bit. We had Louis with us, and found a restaurant with an outdoor patio that allowed dogs. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed our beers and lunch, then walked around and peaked into the various shops. 

I wanted to show Andrew Fanny Bridge at the Truckee River Dam. We happened to get there right at the perfect time and saw a dog that was trained to run along the bridge railing and jump off into the water and fetch a stick! 

We had invited my Mom to drive up and join us that night for dinner and hike with us on Sunday. So we met back at the cabin and then drove to Garwoods for dinner on the deck. We lucked out with perfect weather and had a great dinner sitting outside enjoying the view! 
View from the deck at Garwoods!
Sunday we woke up early to start our hike. We decided to do Mt. Rose, which is about 11 miles and 2,000 foot elevation gain. It was a beautiful day, and we were so lucky with the view from the summit! The hike was relatively easy in the beginning, but we did encounter quite a bit of snow which we didn't expect. We managed to do just fine, but there were some tricky parts! 

The views at the top were spectacular, we could see all the way to White Mountain in one direction, and Mt. Shasta in the other! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Reno in the distance
Donner Lake in the distance
Rewarded with a beer and beef jerky back at the car!

psst...if you missed my June Instagram Round-Up yesterday, you can find it here


  1. WOW! Absolutley beautiful!!! I use to ski Mt. Rose when I lived in Reno. It was the closest resort to town. I never hiked it in the Summer though.
    How lucky to have family with a cabin! SCORE! I heart Tahoe City. One of the best little towns around. Garwoods isn't too shabby either.
    My friend had her rehearsal dinner there. We boated over from Incline to the Garwoods. :)

  2. What an incredibly beautiful vacation! I love the mountains and how clear the water is! Paddle boarding is so fun!

    So Much Sunshine

  3. Ok, that dog was so awesome! I bet my dog Ryder would jump in after him. haha.

    I love your photos! I was in Truckee over Memorial Day Weekend, too. Too bad we didn't bump into each other. :)

    Also, I am SO jealous you went paddle boarding. It's one thing I really have wanted to do this summer. I hope I can make it happen.

  4. Ahh I love Tahoe and try and escape to it often! Great idea to go paddle boarding on the lake that looks and sounds like a lot of fun!

  5. Oh man, I love Tahoe. We haven't been since last year (4th of July) so these photos make me miss it a bit! Sometimes I still can't believe that we have such gorgeous, scenic places to visit so easily accessible to us.

  6. so gorgeous!! now you've got me really excited to go to Tahoe this weekend! PS your snowmad is adorbs!


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