Chris was able to take a few weeks off as part of his block leave after deployment. Grammy and Big Daddy celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this summer, so we spent the first week of leave on a huge family vacation at Lake Tahoe. We drove the 9 hours from Southern CA to the CA/NV line and rented a house with the Steele clan that looked out over the lake. The drive up was beautiful with all the majestic mountains around us. Most of them still snow capped in June!! The weather was perfect with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the 40s at night.
The house not only had a gorgeous view of the lake, but it also had a movie room that all the cousins enjoyed thoroughly.
So great that all 7 cousins get along so well. They played cards, ping pong, pool, hide and seek, Clue, and whatever random game Hannah would make up for the day. Ha!
We spent the week exploring the area, making meals together, and catching up. Hiking, swimming, playing frisbee golf, a treetop adventure park (which Hannah could have cared less for), shopping, visiting Tahoe City and Truckee were some of the many adventures we had while there.
The last weekend there, one of Chris's childhood best friends, Keith Brady, came up to the lake with his family and took us out on the lake in their family boat! I have never seen a more crystal clear lake in my life. So beautiful and man, it was COLD! But of course, the lake temp didn't stop the kids from swimming, climbing the rocks, kayaking, and crawdad hunting.
Made some wonderful memories that we will never forget.