A Little Vacay

As the humidity ramped up here in the south, my motivation to do anything outside that didn’t involve being completely submerged in water quickly wound down. So I hung up my helmet, let Gus get as dirty as he wanted, and decided to take a little vacay myself. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know I used to live near Lake Tahoe. The region is sadly missing close access to a good eventing community (damn you mountains!) but you know what else it is missing that makes if fabulous? The humidity.

This trip actually was put into motion when my brother-in-law’s long time girlfriend reached out to me and asked if Eric and I would be interested in going back to Tahoe. How could we say no? We haven’t been back in almost five years and now seemed as good of time as any. And honestly? After being back? I don’t know how we ever left. As the plane landed in Reno and all the mountains and casinos came into view, it honestly felt like coming home.

If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, you should go. It’s wonderful. Sort of hard and expensive to get into (you either have to fly into Sacramento or Reno) but it is so worth it. And I swear there is no place like it in the US.

And yes, the water is cold, especially on the south side. But if you can find your way up to the northern shore, it’s not too bad once you get in. I honestly could have hung out, swimming and sun bathing on the rocks for hours.

And okay, we did. The first day we hiked the Rubicon trail near Emerald Bay, a hike neither Eric and I had ever done. It wasn’t a very stressful hike (except when you had to come back because it was all uphill… ugh!) but by far the best part was being able to off road down to the water’s edge and go swimming. The water is so clear and blue and deceptively deep. It honestly looks like you’re in the Caribbean at some points. We stripped down and jumped in. It was wonderful.

We also were lucky enough to catch up with several good friends. Of course, I couldn’t keep from going for a quick ride.

And we had to meet my friend’s new German shepherd puppy. He is the sweetest, goofiest, cutest little guy you’ve ever seen. He’s also only eight months old and 86 lbs!

And of course, when you’re in Tahoe, you have to drink the local beer.

And take a quick drive down to Amador/Eldorado counties for the local wines.

And if you do find your way down to South Lake Tahoe, make sure you stop at Riva Grill and have a Woody. Careful, they are very very strong! But also amazing and we definitely spent more than one lunch drinking rum slushies before going to the lake.

But being back in Tahoe did make both the boy and I realize how much we wanted to go back. The weather, the outdoor life, the skiing. While nothing is written in stone, I believe we will be making plans to head back that way as soon as it makes sense for both of us. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we’re back in paradise for good!

Woke Up in Nashville

Nashville is a cool city!

I was supposed to go to Aiken this weekend for a XC extravaganza with LT but then my future sister-in-law reached out to me about her bachelorette party. Of course I had to go! I mean, I love XC schooling and it would have been so great but I also love my future sister-in-law and I cannot say no to a weekend of girl time and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

There were 12 of us staying in one (really beautiful and big house) but keeping us all corralled at night was quite a feat. Plus the Predators were playing the Penguins in the third game of the Stanley cup so things were cray cray!

I also felt kind of old because I can just not keep up with those youngsters. Boy do they have a lot of energy!

Still, I had an amazing time. Good food, good people, good times. I can’t wait to go back.

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone! I am currently in the process of packing up and heading back home from the condo my parents rented so we could go skiing for the holidays. It has been great seeing my family but it’s definitely a different kind of holiday when you’re not at home.

I only ended up going skiing one day of the three we were up here because something is wrong with my ski boots and I ended up with huge bruises on my shin. I’m not happy about that but at least the day I did get in was basically bluebird.

My sister on her first run off the bunny hill.
My sister on her first run off the bunny hill.

The other two days I took the dogs hiking on a 4 mile round trip trail to a place called Greenwood Lake. It wasn’t much more than a pond but the trail was nice. Only the river we kept crossing was definitely way too strong for Harley and despite my ban on swimming in the river, she did jump in and almost got swept under some logs. I was terrified but luckily she managed to climb back out.

wpid-IMG_20131226_103549.jpg wpid-IMG_20131226_104056.jpgFor Christmas the boy got me a lovely light weight jacket for the barn and a brand new Micklem bridle!

wpid-IMG_20131224_170804.jpgDandy used to ride in the BO’s Micklem when we were at FTF. She had that rare and now discontinued tobacco color but I think he’s going to look smashing in this darker brown. I can’t wait to get home and put it on him tomorrow. It should also match the Voltaire Lexington Monoflap… hint hint.

From my parents I got some nice wool socks, a few other trinkets and money. Can’t go wrong there for a horse girl! I also got money from my grandparents and I immediately went out and bought the Rambo Grand Prix Fleece Cooler for $40 off the asking price. It’s a size larger than I usually buy for Dandy but it’ll probably work just fine. I can’t wait for that to arrive.

It’s been a lovely few days but I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. And see my pony.


New York City

Hello everyone! Apologies, I just got back from a very busy but very fun four days in NYC with my younger sister and my parents. It was supposed to be a vacation but we were so busy I can’t really call it that! Still, I had such a great time and the highlight was definitely seeing Laura Osnes in Cinderella. She was spectacular.

We saw three shows on Broadway: Cinderella, Nice Work if You Can Get It and Jersey Boys
Taylor and I at the Museum of Natural History. That is one big clam!


Geek Alert: Taylor and I are huge fans of the movie Balto so we had to go find the statue in Central Park.
This is my illegally taken picture of the Cinderella set up.
These were the sparkliest things I have EVER seen on stage. Also, I really want to know how they guaranteed her losing her slipper in the same spot every time.


At the Empire State Building
At the Museum of Modern Art. That’s Monet’s Water Lilies behind us.
Mom, Taylor and I in Time Square coming back from “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
I had a late night craving for Chinese food. Isn’t it great that there are places in NYC that will deliver at midnight?
When we were at the MET I overheard a lot of people commenting on the poor horses and how much the armor weighed. Personally I was more horrified by some of the bits. Still, the workmanship on some of those pieces IS beautiful!
Couldn’t go to NYC without getting cupcakes! Upper left to lower right: Milkshake, Raspberry Swirl, Red Velvet, Cannoli.

As much fun as I did have, I’m glad to be back home with the puppies and the boy.