Weekend in Tahoe

7 06 2010

On Friday June 4, was the first day we actually started climbing.  We left with Alex’s Uncle Dave from Folsom, California at about 10:00.  The First 30 miles were a lot of rolling hills while getting out to the country.  Then the climbing began, there were no serious climbs but a lot of switch back steady inclines.  The elevation at Folsom was around 500 feet and we ended at Ham’s Station at about 5,500 feet.  We did a total of 60 miles at an average of 14 mph.  The views along the way were absolutely beautiful and we took a lot of great pictures.  It was a great day of biking and tomorrow will be a much needed day of rest for all.  After we finished the ride we drove to Fallen Leaf Lake campsite which is about a mile away from Lake Tahoe where Dave’s family was.  Along the way to the campsite we stopped at a couple overlooks where we could view the distant mountains.  There was snow on the mountains which Bandit absolutely loved.  He slid down the hill as a penguin would and didn’t want to get back into the car.  We arrived at the campsite around 8:00 where Alex’s Aunt Suzette had a great dinner prepared.  We set up camp it was off to bed! 

The rest of the weekend was amazing.  The view around Lake Tahoe was phenomenal.  Saturday we walked around South Lake Tahoe and just enjoyed the scenery.  Sunday was “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” which was the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe.  Alex completed this ride with his dad and uncle.  They had a great time and didn’t feel that the ride was as hard as they anticipated.  Lake Tahoe’s elevation is at 6,200 feet and the highest point they climbed to was a little over 7,000 feet.  Alex found out that we raised the most money from the Albany Chapter, which is a great accomplishment!  So again, thank you to everyone for donating and your words of encouragement.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  While Alex was biking, Colin, Brittany, and Bandit went hiking up Mt. Tallac which is their new favorite hike.  It had a gorgeous view overlooking Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake.  This made it the perfect spot for Colin to propose to Brittany!  It couldn’t have been a better spot and they are both ecstatic that after over six years of dating they are now taking their relationship to the next step.  It was Bandit’s first hike with us and he couldn’t have done better.  Needless to say, it was a great day all around!

Today is our last day in Tahoe and we are going to be doing last minute things in town while enjoying all Mother Nature has to offer.  Tomorrow we are going to be finishing the climb over the Sierra Mountains.  Keep checking for more updates! 

In love,

Colin, Brittany, Joe, and Alex

The Climb to Tahoe

Alex and the cow for upstate New York Team In Training

Colin and Brittany at the top of Mt. Tallac - Engaged!

View on Lake Tahoe




5 responses

7 06 2010

Congrats Britt and Colin, I am so happy for you : )

10 06 2010
Donna Thomas

I just love checking up on your adventure. Your pictures are amazing! and Congratulations to Colin and Brittany!!
with you in spirit

10 06 2010
Meaghan G

Congrats again Britt and Colin! I’m so happy for you guys! It’s funny looking at some of your pictures and knowing that Shamus and I were there just a few days later than you. Bummer we couldn’t have met up at some point, but I’m looking forward to following you guys on your journey!

11 06 2010

Love reading about your adventures! Glad you got the heck away from the sleezy gas/tire man!

Congratualtions Colin & Brittany. WHat a background for the start of your life long commitment………..Lake Tahoe!

Alex, hope you heal quickly.


11 06 2010

I am SO happy for you guys and so proud to call you my friends! Congratulations again!

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