Mar 142017
 

Steve and I recently traveled to Lake Tahoe for the wedding of a close family member.  It was my first visit to this magical mountain playground, but it won’t be my last.  While I grew up in the mountains as an avid skier, I lost my fondness for cold weather and any and all sports that go along with it.

I haven’t willingly been in the snow for several years, so I was unsure as to how I would handle the environment in Lake Tahoe in March.  Would I remain inside, huddled by a fire, making every attempt to avoid the out-of-doors except when absolutely necessary (i.e. when leaving the premises for the wedding or rehearsal dinner)?  Or, would I don my snow boots, brave the elements and venture down to the lake to take photos?  Thankfully, my obsession with love of photography took charge, and as it turns out, I had a great time in the fresh mountain air.

Panoramic lake view in Incline Village

Panoramic view of Lake Tahoe

We had two sunny winter days during our trip

We had two sunny winter days during our trip

The sky during a storm which dropped two feet of snow

The sky during a storm which dropped two feet of snow

Steve and me braving the storm

Steve and me braving the storm

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, which is nestled amongst the evergreens on its own private beach (with pier).  I was very pleased with our lodging choice.  The resort has a beautiful spa, several outdoor hot tubs and a large heated outdoor pool that I used daily.  It also has several good restaurants, a Starbucks and a great gift shop.  And if you ever get a chance to dine at the Lone Eagle Grill – run, don’t walk.  Not only is the food amazing, but the view is one of the best you’ll find in the area.  And for the skiers out there, the resort has a ski valet and is close to Northstar and Mount Rose ski resorts (among others).

The beach at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village

The beach at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village

The resort's pier - no doubt amazing during summer

The resort’s picturesque pier

Close-up of the beach, which was comprised of pebbles in an array of neutral hues

Close-up of the beach, which was comprised of pebbles in an array of neutral hues

Large pinecone were found all along the shore

Large pinecones were found all along the shore

Devouring the Baked Tahoe at the Lone Eagle Grille. This marshmallow-meringue encrusted dessert is pure perfection!

Devouring the Baked Tahoe at the Lone Eagle Grille. This marshmallow-meringue encrusted dessert is pure perfection!

There were a few wildlife sightings during our brief time exploring the lake’s beaches.

A beautiful mallard on the shoreline of the lake

A beautiful mallard on the shoreline of the lake

Well, alright, not exactly wildlife... This is Piper, she travels around the country in an RV.

Well, alright, not exactly wildlife… This is Piper, she travels around the country in an RV.

The wedding that we attended was the perfect representation of the couple’s love for Lake Tahoe and the mountains.  It was held at a beautiful rustic-chic venue near the lake.  The couple attended to every detail themselves, including hand-crafting most of the decor (including the centerpieces).

The Groom hand made the wedding place card holders

The Groom hand made the wedding place card holders

The Groom's father hand-crafted a rustic wooden bench for guests to sign.

The Groom’s father hand-crafted a rustic wooden bench for guests to sign.

Champagne was served on the balcony overlooking the pine forest and snow-capped mountains

Champagne was served on the balcony overlooking the pine forest and snow-capped mountains

Steve and me during cocktail hour

Steve and me during cocktail hour

I can’t wait to return to this paradise, perhaps in the warmer months.  Have you been to Lake Tahoe?  Winter or summer?

Jul 272016
 

Here are some scenes captured this week on this divers’ paradise known as Bonaire.

This reef butterflyfish was spotted near the dive site Front Porch

This Reef Butterflyfish was spotted near the dive site Front Porch.

Also seen at Front Porch was this Yellowhead Jawfish.

Also seen at Front Porch was this Yellowhead Jawfish.

Looking north into the town of Kralendijk from Windsock Beach.

Looking north into the town of Kralendijk from Windsock Beach.

A Pelican perches atop a rocky outcrop near Pink Beach.

A Pelican perches atop a rocky outcrop near Pink Beach.

Turquoise waves crash over the rocks at Pink Beach.

Turquoise waves crash over the rocks at Pink Beach.

A Pelican soars over the ocean searching for prey.

A Pelican soars over the ocean searching for prey.

A Sailfin Blenny spotted at the dive site Atlantis. Also, known as Kite Beach, this site can only be safely dived on a windless day when there are no kiteboarders.

A Sailfin Blenny spotted at the dive site Atlantis. Also, known as Kite Beach, this site can only be safely dived on a windless day when there are no kiteboarders.

Due to the fact that Kiteboarder's have claimed the Atlantis dive site, it rarely sees scuba divers. This has allowed the sea fans and coral to flourish. Here is a shot of a very healthy and large fan.

Due to the fact that Kiteboarder’s have claimed the Atlantis dive site, it rarely sees scuba divers. This has allowed the sea fans and coral to flourish. Here is a shot of a very healthy and large fan.

A Tui Boeing 787 Dreamliner on final approach to Bonaire's Flamingo International Airport.

A Tui Boeing 787 Dreamliner on final approach to Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport.

What have you seen in Bonaire this week?

Oct 142014
 

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about the Beach Wheelchair – a specialty wheelchair allowing physically challenged beachgoers access to the beach and water.

I’m so happy to report that a new, floating Beach Wheelchair is now available for use in Bonaire.  At JibeCity in Sorobon, physically challenged visitors may use the Beach Wheelchair to enjoy the white sandy beach and float in the turquoise lagoon.

Sorobon Beach

The beach and lagoon at Sorobon

Photo Credit - www.beachwheelchair.com

Example of the floating Beach Wheelchair.   Photo Credit – www.beachwheelchair.com