Chiara and Ron Gajar
Archive for April, 2009
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
After our first family experience at Disneyland, here are a few tips to help you and your family.
1. Midweek days (with the exception of holiday weeks) were noticeably less crowded. We visited the parks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and felt the Friday crowd was 3 times that of the prior two days. Glad to have not experienced the weekend.
2. Help make your time more enjoyable by waiting less in lines. There are several ways to do this. *Go to the popular rides first and avoid the longer wait later. *Use the Fastpass. Certain rides allow you to take a ticket and return to the ride during a specified time and then go in a shorter line. *Parent swap pass. Most rides will let one parent wait in line and ride and then the second parent goes in the exit line with the specail pass and loads right away. *Singles Line. In an effort to keep seats full, the Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain rides offer a single’s pass that lets you to the front of the line to fill an empty seat.
3. Make your day with children enjoyable by planning for all their needs. Bring a stroller for little ones to snooze. Bring snacks and drinks to keep you energized. You get the picture.
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Well, we have been away for the last few days visiting “the happiest place on earth”… Disneyland. This was the first visit for Ron and our children, and I had not been there since the early ’90s. It is still a magical place full of wonder and surprises and this time I got to see that thru the eyes of our children. Both of the kids loved the experience, the characters, the rides of which there are so many for their young ages and the magic of the place. Just seeing their faces and hearing the excitement in their voices as they enjoyed these new experiences was worth the price of the ticket. We got a 3 day park hopper pass with a spring speacial price and thus spent 2 days in Disneyland and 1 day in California Adventure. The amazing thing about the rides is the experience that is created before you even get on the ride and the attention to detail along the way thru the ride. In my opinion, the best adult rides were Indiana Jones and Hotel of Horror. Our 4 year old loved the Subarmarine (Finding Nemo) and Autopia Car Racing rides. Our 1 year old loved the carousel and Winnie the Pooh ride. It was a great 3 days of fun.
While we were away, Squaw Valley had another spring storm dropping 8-12 inches of snow. Larry reported the skiing was great, especially the upper mountain where it was deep enough to cover the hard pack underneath. I believe this is the last weekend for Kt22 to be open, so get your last licks in while you can.
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
Wow, Squaw Valley USA really outdid themselves for the year end pass holder appreciation party. Today from 12pm-4pm you could catch the cable car up to High Camp for food, fun, swimming and more all on Squaw’s tab. There were several food stations including crab cakes, jumbo shrimp, sushi and BBQ with deliciously tender ribs. Everyone of drinking age was given one drink ticket for a beverage of choice and all pass holders were given a T-shirt and a raffle ticket upon arrival to high camp.
The sun was shining, the music was playing, people were relaxing in bathing suits and ski pants alike, the hot tub and pool were full of families and friends…all was good sitting on top of our beloved mountain. Nancy Cushing said a few words thanking everyone for a wonderful season. Jonny Moseley, the mountain host, said a few words and then proceeded with the raffle. You had to be present to win and the prizes included: ski garb, gift certificates, a pair of skis and and old KT22 chair lift. My family and I certainly enjoyed an afternoon of fun, we felt appreciated for being pass holders. Well done Squaw Valley USA.
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
The Village at Squaw Valley is bustling with people today who are celebrating Earth Day. An array of booths are set up throughout The Village to educate the public on making steps toward a greener earth. You can talk with experts, gather some samples and see exhibits all related to our earth and making it a better place. Music is playing, clowns are entertaining, crafts are available for the kids and the sun is shining adding to the festive mood of this beautiful spring weekend. This is the Squaw Valley we all know and love… fun spring skiing, the sun shining and festivities full of friends and fun. Happy Spring to everyone.
Friday, April 17th, 2009
Spring skiing is at it’s finest. The weather today was warm and snow enthusiasts were out on the mountain in vests, spring gloves and sunglasses. The East facing slopes were perfect around 10:30am, just soft enough, Sun Bowl was full fun little spring moguls. The North facing slopes were firm and in many cases closed all morning. The snow on the mountain run was getting thick by noontime, but not too slushy until later. Squaw has started to cut back their operations. Red Dog and Squaw Creek were closed today as was Siberia, though I think it was a mechanic issue as the face of Sibo was beautifully groomed. The skiing this weekend should be great. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
Friday, April 17th, 2009
Last night at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley Institute presented the Passport to Adventure team for an evening filled with amazing stories and photos from travels around the world. Mark Jennings and Julie Conover have turned their love and passion of travel into their ongoing career. Based in Tahoe City, California, Passport to Adventure is a television program that airs on PBS channels around the world, in a variety of languages. It is a program which continues to inspire others to travel and show the world to many unable to travel to faraway places. If you missed the evening last night then check out their website or tune into the television program and let the travel bug take a bite.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
For the past 8 years Lawrence Realty has sponsored a volleyball team for the local adult volleyball league. Both Ron and I play on the team and enjoy the weekly night out for a bit of exercise and competitive fun. This season we went thru league play undefeated and relished in the fun of winning. Last night we had the playoffs. First round was an fairly easy win for us and the finals put us up against our biggest competition who were second in league play. It was a close 3 game match with scores of 26-24, 23-25 and 23-25. After such a great season, we were a bit deflated as we took our first and only loss of the season. Needless to say, plenty of fun was had over the last few months and our team will look forward to the fall season for redemption.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
After a beautifully sunny Easter weekend, the snow has begun to fall again. Over the weekend the sun shined high and the Easter Bunny made plenty of visits. Both the Tahoe City and Truckee communities put on egg hunts, as did the Resort at Squaw Creek and Squaw Valley ski area. There was plenty of fun and eggs to be had.
Now the snow is falling and just barely accumulating on the ground. The forecast calls for snow thru tomorrow so we will see. The skiing last week was quite good after the snow that fell then. With this combination of snow storms and warm sunny days, Squaw really seems to be the spring skiing capital as they so fondly like to call themselves.
Get out there and have fun.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
The snow has been falling lightly all day adding up on yesterdays snow. The skiing is improving as each flake falls piling up and caking on to the firm snow underneath. The report from Larry is… Granite Chief was great today and Chute 75 was just starting to fill in enough to be really good. The snow is supposed to continue thru Friday and then it should be nice this weekend.