After her visit in Granada Hills she took the Amtrak Surfliner to San Luis Obispo where we met her. My aunt Judy has always been more of a cousin or sister to me than an aunt as she is only a few years older than me. We always have a good time together so Val and I were looking forward to her visit.
|Dave, Val and Judy at Novo's in San Luis Obispo for lunch.|
As usual we were staying at Harrah's which is next to the lake right on the California / Nevada border. We arrived in late afternoon, got checked in and settled and then met Judy and Elon in the casino for a little pre dinner gambling. Harrah's was sold out for the weekend so it was very busy and noisy in the casino and Judy seemed a little overwhelmed; I think she had expected a quiet lakeside retreat. We had a good Mexican dinner at the Cabo Wabo Restaurant across the street at Harvey's and then it was showtime. As part of the weekend, we had gotten a pair of comped tickets to see Penn and Teller which we gave to Judy and Elon. They said the show was very good and they both got their picture taken with Teller after the show, here's Judy.
|Judy and Teller of Penn and Teller.|
|Judy and Elon at lunch.|
|The marina with the Tahoe Queen.|
|Elon, Val and Judy before boarding with the Tahoe Queen in the background.|
|A beautiful day on Lake Tahoe.|
|Judy and Dave as we get underway.|
|Harrah's and Harvey's among the trees. There's a reason they won't allow any more large hotels to be built.|
|Judy enjoying the day.|
|Leaving Emerald Bay.|
|Perfect clouds added to the beauty of the day.|
We left for Truckee mid morning so we would have enough time to visit the Donner Emigrant Trail Museum in Donner State Park, but things didn't work out as planned. We decided to drive to Truckee on the west side of the lake because we thought it would be more scenic, but what we didn't know was that the road was closed about halfway up due to a marathon being run. So we turned around and retraced our route and started up the east side of the lake wasting about 45 minutes. This wasn't the last of our missteps; despite driving this road many times, Val and I both missed the turnoff to North Lake Tahoe and ended up on Highway 50 headed for the Carson Valley. Now it should have been an easy thing to just turn around and get going north again, but unfortunately, there are no places to turn around until you get all the way to Carson Valley. Another 45 minutes lost.
After our comedy of errors, we finally made it to Truckee where we no longer had time to visit the museum, but we did have time to have lunch and walk around and look at the shops. The area around the Truckee train station is the old part of town so there were lots of places to eat and interesting shops.
|Elon, Judy and Val having some ice cream for dessert at the old soda fountain.|
|Judy and Elon in the station waiting for the train.|
One note here; for some reason I was fascinated with the mirrors in the elevators at Harrah's. When you stood on one side all you could see was your head and feet which I thought looked odd so every time I was in the elevator (alone) I tried to take pictures. Here's one of many.
|Dave's elevator self portrait.|