Friday, June 4, 2010

Mountain-orial Day

For Memorial Day, Graham and I took Cersei to a pristine mountain lake, then headed on to Sacramento for some Chick-fil-a. There are a few drawbacks to Reno, and lack of CFA is one of them. :(

Here's the lake we went to:

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It's a hydro dam lake with fishing and camping access. Because we waited til Monday, the crowds had mostly left, and we had a pretty secluded time. Really, we just picked it off a map, but I can't imagine a better lake!

For reference, here's Nevada:

Then within a mile of crossing into California, there's trees!

And that June snow.

Cersei thought the lake was wonderful!

We set up near an intake waterfall.

The whole lake was like something you'd see on a postcard.

Cersei skinned the callous off of her left front pawpad, probably doing something like this. She's much better two days later and I anticipate her release to normal dog duty early next week.

The trees were enormous.

Anyway, we eventually left and headed down to Sacramento. It's the first time I've been back at sea level (well, 500' elevation) since we moved to Reno, and it was very strange. As we went down it got hotter (from 55 to 80) and thicker and ickier. I clearly remember thinking - and complaining! - that there's not enough air up here in the mountains, but I acclimated. Now I think there's too much air down there. Nobody needs that much oxygen. Ick!

The chicken was, as always, the most excellent fast-food chicken you'll ever eat. But we were really glad to head back up into the mountains and back home. As the air got cooler and the temperature dropped, I felt more and more at comfortable. And when we finally did make it through the last 5 miles of one-lane interstate traffic to pop back into Northern Nevada, it felt wonderful to be home again.

* I'm going to Vegas with my BFFs for the weekend, so I've scheduled a couple of posts for while I'm gone. Have a lovely weekend, yall!*


  1. I absolutely LOVE Chick-fil-a!! I usually crave it on Sundays when they're closed, and then have to wait until Monday. YUMMY!

    The lake is gorgeous! Not bad for picking it off a map. :)

    Have fun in Vegas!!

  2. That loos liek a nice place for a trip.

    And how beautiful Cersei looks running and swimming. What a great dog you have!

  3. Ahhhhhh! now you're making me homesick for the mountains and forests!!!!!
    and PS what the heck you eating Chick-fil-a for. Go to In-N-Out burger for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond


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