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?

Dec 312016
 

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to thank you for sharing our adventures with us.  We wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 filled with love and adventure.

Rain, rain and more rain.  That’s been the weather forecast on Bonaire for the past month.  But we’re not complaining.  This desert island, along with its flora and fauna, welcome the life-giving H20.

The increased rains also mean that dive and snorkel conditions have been less than optimal.  But it’s still Bonaire, which means that the diving is still incredible.

Here are some scenes from the island this week.

tattoosh super yacht

Paul Allen’s Tatoosh has been docked in town for several days. She is 303 feet of super yacht complete with a helicopter and two 46 foot boats.

Tattoosh from her stern

Tatoosh from her stern

The Courtyard Marriott has been completed and is open for business.

The Courtyard Marriott has been completed and is open for business.

The Salt Pier - one of the most interesting dive sites on the island

The Salt Pier – one of the most interesting dive sites on the island

A panoramic view of the Salt Pier

A panoramic view of the Salt Pier

Dancing beak to beak in Gotomeer Lake

Dancing beak to beak in Gotomeer Lake

Another pair of flamingo mates at Lake Gotomeer

Another pair of flamingo mates at Lake Gotomeer

Eared Dove atop cactus near Rincon

Eared Dove atop cactus near Rincon

A Blue-tailed emerald hummingbird shimmers on its perch

A Blue-tailed emerald hummingbird shimmers on its perch

How are you celebrating the new year?  As tradition dictates, Bonaire will have multiple fireworks displays on the waterfront tonight.

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?

Jul 142016
 

Here is a glimpse of life on dushi Bonaire this week.  The weather has been beautiful, and we’ve had a few much needed downpours.  Life is good!

Children on a kayak at Lac Cai

Children on a kayak at Lac Cai

Kites galore at Kite Beach

Kites galore at Kite Beach

pelican in flight S

A pelican in flight over the west coast

A glimpse of the southwest coast, including Red Slave

A glimpse of the southwest coast, including Red Slave

A Tui Dreamliner (Boeing 787) takes off for the 10 hour trip to Amsterdam

A Tui Dreamliner (Boeing 787) departs BON for the 10 hour trip to Amsterdam

Portrait of a Snowy Egret

Portrait of a Snowy Egret

A pelican perches on a fishing boat in downtown Kralendijk

A pelican perches on a fishing boat in downtown Kralendijk

Feb 172016
 

The island of Bonaire lies just 12° North of the Equator.  At this low latitude, the period of daylight is a generous 11-12 hours.  And on the Equator and in the low latitudes, you will find the fastest sunrises and sunsets on Earth (blink, and you’ll miss the sunset here on Bonaire).

Here are some images we’ve captured of these magnificent & colorful “golden hours”.

Sunrise on the East Coast of Bonaire

Sunrise on the East Coast of Bonaire

Sunrise over Red Slave

Sunrise over Red Slave

A Spectacular Array of Sunrise Colors

A Spectacular Array of Sunrise Colors

Sunset at Bachelor's Beach

Sunset at Bachelor’s Beach

Sunset over Klein Bonaire

Sunset over Klein Bonaire

And after sunset…

Moonrise over the Salt Mounds

Moonrise over the Salt Mounds

What is your favorite place to watch or photograph sunset?