As we say goodbye to summer 2016 it makes me kind of sad that it went by so quickly. Even though I complained about wanting summer to be over in my post about “the kids going back to school“…it still seems like just yesterday we were packing up for our fist glamping trip of the summer.
We made lots of memories and have probably lived in our camper more this summer than we have been home. To say purchasing the new camper was a great idea would be an understatement.
Our last trip of the summer was spent in the beautiful south shore of Lake Tahoe (California side). We spent 4 glorious nights there, but have decided that NEVER again will we venture there on a weekend. NO. NO. JUST NO.
Luckily we got there on a Wednesday so we got to enjoy a few days before the enormous group of weekenders showed up. On Friday we spent the day at a beautiful beach called Camp Richardson. The water was shallow enough that the kids could walk way out and it was only up to their waists. There were kayaks, paddle boats, paddle boards and boats to rent. The sand was soft and the hubby and I managed to land a great spot in the natural shade of the trees while still being able to keep an eye on the kids in the water.
We attempted to return to this same place on Saturday with no prevail. The parking was full by noon and so were every other swimming beach areas for the next 20 miles up the lake. Therefore, Saturday we spent most of the day driving along the lake at about 5 miles an hour due to traffic only to turn around and come back to the camper. Luckily,where we stayed had a pool so the kids could burn off some of their energy while mommy and daddy enjoyed the refreshing liquid inside our Solo cups.
We got in some miniature golfing while we were there. It’s been a long time since I had played miniature golf or even golf in general. I used to go golfing at least once a week. My 5 and 6 year old were really getting into it. But my poor 4 year old just could not get the hang of how to hold the putter no matter how many
1,000 times daddy and I showed her. We finally just gave up and let her do it her own way…making sure everyone was clear of getting their teeth knocked out from the swinging club.
This same day we ate at a place called My Thai Cuisine. Needless to say we were very disappointed. We both had the Pad Thai lunch special. The server asked us how spicy we wanted it based on 1 being the least and 5 being the most. We both went for a 4 as my husband and I like spicy. Sadly it was not only not spicy but pretty much tasteless. So if you’re ever in the area I don’t recommend that place.
Another disappointing place we ate was called The Cantina Bar & Grill. From the moment we walked in the door the service was mediocre. We asked for patio seating and even though there was clearly plenty of places to seat us, the guy sat us inside at a table for 4 when there were 5 of us and then just stuck a chair at the end of the table. The food was anything but authentic (as they claim) and the margaritas … I’m not too sure even had tequila in them. Nothing like paying $8 for a margarita that didn’t even come in a margarita glass but a small beer glass instead. I mean seriously one would expect that by ordering a margarita at a Mexican restaurant that it should come in a margarita glass???
The best places we ate were The Stateline Brewery which was in the heart of downtown by the Gondola, and I highly recommend ordering the artichoke dip on the appetizer menu. It’s a meal in itself! It’s served baked inside of an entire loaf of bread. And rather than ordering the kids 3 orders of an $8 box of Kraft Mac ‘N’ Cheese we got them a 10 inch pizza to share for $14, and they still had some left over. The atmosphere and service were great and afterwards, if you’re up for it, there’s a Cold Stone Ice Cream right in the same area.
I also highly recommend The Naked Fish sushi restaurant. We went there on our last night, which was a Saturday, after attempting to go to a BBQ place we had been eyeing but upon arriving, we were informed it would be over an hour wait. So after driving around we found the sushi place and were very pleased that it only took about 10 minutes to seat us and their rolls were delicious. The special of the night was called “The Sea Monster” and it was plentiful and packed with flavor. We ordered about 6 rolls total and between the hubby, myself, and the littles….there wasn’t a single piece left.
Now that I think of it I should have taken photos of the yumminess but I was too busy stuffing my face.
It’s been a great summer, packed full of memories. And now in just 11 sleeps I will officially be sending off a junior in high school, a 1st grader, a kindergartener, and a preschooler and I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around that.
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