It’s Time to Take a Break!


by HEIDI EMMETT

Acckk.. I wouldn’t have to hear the bang, bang, beep , beep, beep(equipment going backwards. Don’t they EVER go forward?), the LOUD (and sometimes quite vulgar)talking and noise (they call it rap), and the smells (toxic paint products, instant headache, asphalt). For 32 years we have enjoyed an empty field on one whole side of our property. Well, not anymore. Of course the home being built “feels” like it is right on our property line, but it is very large. I needed to get away! NOW!

With the shutdowns here in CA we ventured to our favorite place (that’s only 2 hours away), Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, Nevada side. Nevada has lifted or at least really softened their restrictions. O.K. enough of all that, let’s go relax.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_130304.jpg
Our first full day, we drove up to Sand Harbor ( the most pristine and building free shoreline is the entire Eastern shore which is all in Nevada) and walked the new trail that stretches from Sand Harbor, 3 miles to Incline Village.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_130845.jpg
I am not faking the color of the water! I take all my pictures now on my “Google Pixel” phone. Best camera on the market right now.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_131857.jpg
This trail is wide and mostly level. We saw bicycles, people jogging, walking, and of course lots of “puppskies!” It was a doggie fashion show. We lost track of the different breeds. Wish we could have brought Mr. Riley. Believe me, he was “Living the life of Riley” at doggie day/night care. BUT, we have plans to do a day trip back to this trail (before the snow starts to fly) so we can show off our dog too.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_130304.jpg
Every vista is a treasure.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_134926.jpg
There is a spot on the trail that goes under the highway and goes up and up so the vistas become higher and broader.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_143113.jpg
A gust of wind across the water adds sparkling diamonds to the view.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_135703.jpg
All to soon the trail was reaching its end with the docks coming into view (this is the beginning of Incline Village). 3 miles one way. But WAIT. It’s all good because we just turned around and saw new vistas as we made our way back to Sand Harbor. 2 hours it took us to walk almost 6 miles. There were many many stops along the way.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201017_121422.jpg
Look closely. That’s my husband on board “The Professor.” And Captain Andy is at the helm. Robert’s going fishing! They are zipping along to find the Minnow traps that Andrew uses for bait. Live bait to a depth of 200+ feet. Robert texted me later that he caught the first fish. It was his only fish. 18″+ and a Mackinaw (native to Lake Tahoe). Captain Andy said the deep water fish and the clear water make for very tasty fish. There were a total of 5 people fishing + the captain.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201017_120047.jpg
After Robert went flying by the lower deck of our cabin I grabbed my “handwork” and went to the upstairs deck for some sunshine. First time EVER that I didn’t bring a machine of some type (sewing, felting, Serger,etc.). And not the usual 5 bags of paraphernalia to go with the machines. I brought one small bag of books/magazines and one bag of handwork projects. Perfect.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_205528.jpg
I almost took this scarf back to the Thriftshop (in a bag with other stuff to go to the TS). How boring I thought, it’s off white. J.Crew, super soft wool (no tag, but thinking baby Alpaca) and I like the crinkly look. Perfect for using some of my expensive threads that are ombre’ dyed. The running stitch was the “mindless” choice. And the crinkly fabric just adds to my wonky stitch work.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201016_205505.jpg
I am also using a tapestry needle for ease of going through the wool and the giant eye (for ease of threading). Ha, ha.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201017_132436.jpg
Check out this super old poster that hangs on the back of a door in our Cabin #8. Now scroll down one picture to see the same view today.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201017_150011.jpg
O.K. I really need to move to the right a bit. But if I did that I would be on a giant boulder that is now surrounded by shrubs and a couple of shorter deciduous trees and would I wouldn’t get the shot. Isn’t this a great Fall look? A couple of Aspens add the finishing touch.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_142942.jpg
On one of the 3+ walks a day. We’re on the dock at the private beach at Zephyr Point. Very few were braving the water (as in no one on this day). Brrrrr….
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_142417.jpg
Can you even believe the color of this water? It’s about 8 feet deep and I took it on the other side of the same dock . There are only rocks and sand at the bottom.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_143504.jpg
Walking up “Robin’s flight.” Only a gazillion steps (or so it seems at 6,300ft.) Blue salvia? Maybe?
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_143437.jpg
This one I know, California Poppy.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201017_154457.jpg
Project # 2. I wanted to make another pair of fingerless mitts(just like the ones I’m wearing). I chose yarn by Plymouth Yarns called, “Gina.” It is 100% wool. Lovely to work with. I chose to crochet (again, a mindless, project) using single crochet throughout. Ombre’ yarn is my favorite (ombre’ yarn in the mitts above (that yarn is by Noro). I guess it’s the lazy way to change colors. No make that the SMART way.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_153246-1.jpg
Awww….sitting outside on the deck with glorious weather and doing my mindless crocheting and listening to the gentle lapping of the water against the rocks.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_20201019_153007-1.jpg
It just doesn’t get any better than this. So happy, happy, happy. I will trust that you will have a chance to get away from it all even if it’s only a walk. Breathe deeply, the clean air, and take the time to count your blessings. Hugs, Heidi

16 thoughts on “It’s Time to Take a Break!

  1. I agree with Patty’s remark. My husband and I escaped to So. Shore Tahoe twice in Sept/Oct. First week was interrupted by an emergency and we had to come home early, second time we were a bit braver to come down to lake level and have two wonderful dinners. We spent our honeymoon there 55 years ago in June and had some time to reminisce. I love Tahoe away from the crowds at this time of year. Linda

    • Hi Linda, Good for you for trying a second time and that you were able to enjoy some dinners that you didn’t have to cook. We did choose to stay on the property and eat all our meals at our cabin (in the newly remodeled kitchen and out on the deck of course. Robert did all the dishes all the time, so I was happy to cook.
      Congratulations on 55 years!!! Happy, happy anniversary. Hugs, Heidi

  2. Thanks for your glorious photos. It looks so relaxing, sunny and for sure warmer than where I live. We have 6+ inches of snow. We broke the record for the most snow in one day (7″), as well as the earliest measurable snow, the previous amount was 6.35″ in 1935!
    I have gone on one quilt retreat with 7 good friends, the end of August. So good to get away. I have in the past gone on 5 or 6 in a year. Not this weird year of 2020.

    • You’re welcome Marlyn. The weather at Tahoe was perfection. Hi of 73 one day, lowest was 49. Yowzaa, I’m going to guess you are near Flathead Lake, Montana for that kind of snow soooo early. All the way back to 1935! That’s amazing. And good for you to be able to meet with your friends for at least ONE retreat. It does give a bit of normalcy to this year. Take care. Hugs, Heidi

  3. Your pictures are perfection, especially since I’m looking out on 10″ of snow in western Montana. Wish the cabins at Zephyr Point would allow pets, our corgis would love the trails there.

    • Hi Char, Oh my gosh! Is that 10″ of snow a record for your area this time of year? I know 3 families who have pulled up stakes here in Grass Valley, CA and moved to Montana within the past 6 weeks. Oh boy, I hope they are prepared. We get snow here too but NEVER EVER this early. I ask every single time we go and then some, ha, ha, if Zephyr Point would allow dogs. Sadly no, unless they are service dogs. BUMMER! Thank you for your kind words. May they provide a wee bit of relaxation before you tackle shoveling snow. Hugs, Heidi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s