Snow Weekend (pt1)

Everyone deserves a Snow Weekend away! And last weekend, Lake Tahoe was our goal. Luckily for us, this trip did, in fact, happen.

But not without the nail biting, dead-stop traffic waiting, CalTrans for updates dialing, and 2nd resort planning moments!

The previous two days brought a good amount of snow/ rain for the mountains and that resulted in mudslides and trees falling over on most highways. We stuck it out and fortune was on our side because we made it . A lot of cars did not. After waiting for previous minor mudslides/trees to be cleared from the road (4 hours worth of waiting!)  a major mudslide occurred on our HWY 50 in a spot we had  just passed. It would have been a little heart wrenching to be told to go home after so much time and effort had been invested in our trek!

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Where most of our waiting took place. At least our view wasn’t too bad.

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part of the gang

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I’d say it was definitely worth it.



A Touristy Day in Dubai

My flatmates family landed into Dubai yesterday and today was spent seeing the sights.

We started off with breakfast at Lime Tree Café, the one off jumeirah road. Because, balcony seating –hello!!!! so nice. I have been here 3 years and its still one of my all time favorite places.

After our breakfast we took a walk along kite beach. It really is a pretty stretch of land and it’s one of Dubai’s gems. The sea shells are crazy lots and very pretty, as well as the Burj al Arab that is in the distance !

(I didn’t take any pictures of this part of the day – shame on me.)

Next was finding the spice souk.

The hardest thing about this was finding parking ! But we finally did and our souk adventuring could begin.

The souk is in Bur Dubai area and just off the Dubai Creek.   This is the view of the creek from our parking garage.

and the souk!


We found lots of spices and trinkets and cats.


The people selling their items can be a bit pushy, which I don’t like. My yearly visit is enough (at least until someone else visits Dubai and I take them here).

After our bartering and buying of items, we paid the 1 dirham fare (about 30 US cents) to cross the creek in an abra. 

I think it’s so fun. And a great view of the creek.

There’s another souk on the other side, not as big and in my opinion not as cool. But we just walked through it to get to Creekside Cafe.

(There was another restaurant just by the abra water taxi parking that we waited to be seated at. It has a great view of the water activity– but it was so busy and after waiting 10 minutes to even be looked at we left)

I have followed Creekside Café on Instagram and had been wanting to check it out for a while. So glad this worked out today!

We ended our day just up the creek, and up the classy scale a few  notches, at Dubai Golf & Yacht Club. It has a gorgeous view of the creek, the downtown skyline, and was perfect for the sun set.

First sangria and tapas at Casa De Tapas, and then we had a drink at the rooftop lounge , Cielo, to finish off the sunset. So amazing.

Good night Dubai .

Snow Day

This is what snowboarding looks like when you haven’t gone in five years.

You are slow.

You fall a lot.

And you film it all .

(This applies to all, except josh, who goes every year.)

Snow day a couple weeks ago, when I was home: