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What We’ve Been Up To

May 16, 2011

You’re probably wondering why we haven’t done anything around this place lately.  We have.  I just haven’t shared. YET.  So, while I summon the power to write about our latest projects (which include decorating, plumbing, and painting), let me tell you what we did when we weren’t working on the house.

From April 29 – May 5, we visited Lake Tahoe, CA, which is about an eight-nine hour drive from our house.  It really depends.  On whether or not you decide you’re smarter than the GPS, decide to follow the GPS, realize you were actually smarter than the GPS, find your own way back to the correct route, and then discover a road is closed.  That might make an hour’s difference in the travel time. Just sayin’.

We drove there on Friday, and arrived just in time to snap a quick picture in front of the sunset and the mountains.


Typically, locals call this “Mud Season.”  God was watching over the weather for us, and there was still about a 17′ base of snow on the mountains.  We literally could not have asked for better weather.  It was generally in the high 50’s to low 60’s, and obviously a bit cooler on the mountain tops.

On Satuday, in typical Chratie fashion (Yup…sometimes we call ourselves that…cause in our little world, we pretend we’re famous like Bennifer was), we took in our surroundings.  This also involved driving the ENTIRE way around Lake Tahoe.  Let’s just say that wasn’t planned.  Fortunately, we had time to stop along the way to take a ton of pictures.  Emerald Bay, below, is one of the most photographed places in the world.

Sunday brought one of the coolest adventures. EVER.  Snowmobiling.  Seriously–if you haven’t tried this, you should.  Unless you’re old.  Because I’m not that old, and my arms legs, and butt hurt like you wouldn’t believe the next day.  That could also have been for holding on for dear life while Chris careened around turns at 55+ MPH, but hey!  I’m alive and I smiled the whole time.  We weren’t smiling when we took off on the expedition with an extended family of 6.  Our total was 6 snowmobiles: 2 guides on 1 each, and then the other 4 with 2 people each.  Might not sound significant, but it is.  Things got off to a less than pleasant start when the machines started overheating because the lady in front was going sooooooooo slowly.  I seriously couldn’t even describe how slowly she was going.  It was practically like watching paint dry.  Except worse.  This lady was driving so slowly that we would just sit and wait for a couple minutes, and then start driving again.  Again, we totally lucked out because since we had 2 guides, they split off.  Result?  Chris and Katie take a PRIVATE 27 mile tour, climbing 2500 ft into the mountains, and me singing “How Great Thou Art” in my head as I watched the scenery.  Oh yeah.  I did.  I can’t say enough about how great it was.

We went skiing on Monday and Tuesday:

And Wednesday was…what else? Visiting a car museum.  This is where I very humbly point out that perhaps I am indeed the coolest wife ever.  Because, my other half didn’t even know that there was one of the 16 BEST car museums in the world located just a short 1 1/2 hour drive away in Reno.  Until I read it in the guidebook and told him.  Yup.  Didn’t have to, but I did.  Bahaha.  Seriously though, it was pretty amazing.  So cool that we even got to sit in this little car:

And for those of you that are actually interested (hi, mom!), here’s the 8 minute video of all of our pictures.  If you don’t want to see about 50 pictures of us gratuitously posing in front of Emerald Bay, waterfalls, and trees, feel free to skip it.  I’ll never know.  Actually, I will.  Because everything around here has a counter automatically built in.  But hey, pretend I don’t know…

Overall, a fantastic vacation that couldn’t have come at a better time for the two of us as Chris enters his final trimester of his MBA program.  Woot to the yeehaw.  That’s like a mini-pre-celebration.  Just imagine the excitement yet to come!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    May 17, 2011 5:38 am

    Loved the pictures, LOVED the video. Laughed out loud at the huge chairs with you two looking so tiny. Also thought it cute that Chris had to keep playing “king of the mountain” by climbing up on big rocks! I’m so SO glad you took this vacation and had such a wonderful time!
    Love you!!

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