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Lake Tahoe Trip – October 2017

I cannot believe I forgot to share all of the pictures from my trip to Lake Tahoe.  Kim, Cristina, and I all met while we were stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland.  Kim’s family is civilian and Cristina’s family is army.  That doesn’t matter except that it means Kim is still in MD, while we’ve since moved to Spain and now South Dakota and Cristina has moved to Georgia and now Hawaii, so it’s been a while since we’ve all been together.  Two years ago we were talking about meeting when we moved back stateside.  So, we tried to pick a place kind of in the middle between MD and HI… and we settled on Las Vegas.  We decided not to go there because we couldn’t find a cheap place to stay.  We have points in a condo system, and we were able to find a place on Lake Tahoe for a few points, so that’s what we decided to do.

It turned out to be the best time because the weather was warm, especially for October.  Cristina has lived in HI too long because she was freezing in the 60-70 degree weather.  But we had a great time hiking, eating, and just hanging out.  I miss them so much.

I know I’ve said it before, and I guess I’m going to continue to talk about it until I find someone with a solution to the problem, but people in the military don’t have true community.  We might find it for months at a time, but that lifelong connection with people, raising your children together, and going through life together just doesn’t happen in the military and it does a huge disservice to the men and women and especially children who have to live this way.  I don’t have an answer, but I’m constantly thinking about this and I’m hoping there can be some kind of solution or at least a better way.

Anyway, we had a great time for 3 days and here are some of the pictures… Lake Tahoe is beautiful!  It was the first time I had ever been there, and my first time in California!!

Mt. Moron

We live in southern Spain… about an hour and a half from the ocean.  We’ve lived here for a year and a half, and today was the first time we’ve climbed the little “mountain” next to the base.

We are approaching the mountain…
At the bottom… ready to go!
There were beautiful wild flowers growing out there…
The kids were all smiles when we started…
We haven’t made it very far, but that’s the place that processes the limestone that they excavate from the mountain.
It’s steep!! Steeper than I was expecting!!
We had to stop occasionally to catch our breath!
Beautiful View!
Getting higher and higher! Beautiful!

We stopped when we found a shady spot and ate our lunch… I’m so glad it hasn’t gotten too hot here yet!

It really was nice to see the city of Moron from the mountain.  You can see the castle ruins there in the distance.