Feb.20 - 22, 1999
Lake Tahoe was named "big water" by the Washoe
Indians. The lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, and holds
enough water to cover the entire state of California to a depth
of 14 inches. Its average depth is 989 feet; the deepest point is
1645 feet, making Tahoe the 3rd deepest lake in North America.
Our original plan was going there on Feb.19, but my brother had some visa problem (it's a long story) and their schedule was delayed by a week. So we also changed the schedule by delaying one day.
I rented a minivan to
accommodate my family (my parents, my brother and my nephew Gugu,
Clare, Linus, and myself). We were supposed to get the van by
9:00 in the morning, but when I went there to pick up the car, I
was told the car had an accident and they had to get another car
from another site. After I got the van, I also went to get snow
chains becuase the forcast didn't look too good. It was already
past 11:00AM when we were finally ready to go.
It was a fairly smooth drive although it was cloudy, and raining, and finally snowing on the way. For us growing up in Taiwan, it is a very exciting experience to drive in snow. I-80 remained clear and open, and we were happy that we didn't have to use the snow chains. Until almost reaching Lake Tahoe (near Northstar), we were stopped to put the chains on (it was also a long story!). After struggle with the chain for more than half an hour, we finally resumed our journey and arrived at our destination Incline Village around 6:30PM. We stayed in a vacation home with 3 bedrooms and a game room with a pool table. Believe it or not, it's the first time my father ever played at billiards!
|We drove along the lake shore
and stopped at a few places to play snow.
However, it was still snowing and was too cold for us to stay outdoors for too long, so we ended up in casino to have buffet in South Lake Tahoe.
|On our way back home, we stopped by a candy factory, Jelly Belly, in Fairfield. They offer free guided factory tour to look around their production line. We also got free Jelly Belly beans for souvenir.|
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