Chiara and Ron Gajar
Archive for June, 2009
Monday, June 29th, 2009
We spent the night camping at Jackson Meadows Reservoir and it was beautiful.
The Sierras are sprinkled with high mountain lakes for peaceful relaxation and sporty recreation. We joined a group of friends who booked the group campsite at Jackson Meadows Reservoir on Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. We had the whole area to ourselves, plenty of level places to pitch a tent, a big fire pit, a boat ramp close by, and it was all quite close to the water’s edge. On Sunday we enjoyed wake boarding and wake surfing on the lake which was glassy most of the day and we seemed to have it to ourselves. The water temperature was great for early summer, we went without wetsuits and enjoyed the warm sun when we got out. This was my first time camping and boating at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. It is so fun to enjoy these wonderful places so close to home. Well worth a visit.
Monday, June 29th, 2009
Cowboys getting ready..
- Lawrence Realty at the Rodeo
We certainly enjoyed the Reno Rodeo on Friday night. The rodeo grounds were set up with an outdoor arena for the actual rodeo, the indoor arena for participants to warm up and practice (open to the public), carnival rides, plenty of booths for shop and a wonderful selection of food. We strolled thru the practice arena and the kids were already excited about seeing all the horses and calves. Then we enjoyed some delicious pulled pork sandwiches before the real entertainment began. The evening included the usual rodeo events of bucking broncos, barrel racing, calf roping, parade of flags and bull riding, each exciting in their own way. However when mixed in with the extra events it was nonstop fun all night. The acrobatic cowgirls were downright amazing, hanging off their horses in a variety of ways as the horse galloped a lap around the arena. Bisson were brought in and trained to climb up on top of a semi trailer, crazy. And the mutton busting is always good for a few laughs as children try to hold onto sheered sheep as they charge into the area. If you missed the fun in Reno a smaller rodeo comes to Truckee each summer and is certainly good for an afternoon of fun.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Breaking news…Michael Jackson passed away.
It is only taking minutes for the news to spread. About 15 minutes ago, Larry was checking his email and said, “Michael Jackson is dead.” Here is the link to the Wall Street Journal ad he was reading. Shortly after I was on phone making a reservation in Colorado for the Luxury Real Estate Fall Retreat and the woman on the other end of the phone was fumbling with information. She apologized and said…”I’m sorry, Michael Jackson just died and everyone in our office is in a flurry.” It is crazy how one person, a musical icon, can affect so many people across the world in so many ways. It will be interesting to see the news over the next few days. Rest in peace Michael Jackson, your music will live on.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Squaw Valley hosts the start to the Annual Western States Endurance Run
photo from www.ws100.com
Saturday morning at 5am incredible athletes from around the country and world will start the 100 mile Western States Endurance Run. The run ends over the hill in Auburn where finishers need to check in before 11am Sunday to be awarded. The history of this race is actually quite interesting as it started back in 1955 with 5 horsemen proving a horse could travel 100 miles in one day. In 1974, one man decided to run the trail and prove a man could cover 100 miles in one day, he finished just under 24 hours. In 1975, another man tried running and did not finish, and in 1976 a third man tried and finished. After that it became a competitive race as 1977 brought 16 competitors, 3 of whom finished. Over the years, the number of runners grew as did the percentage of finishers and now it is a very popular race for endurance runners from all over the world. In fact, it is so popular now that there is a lottery to enter the race and during the year they sell raffle tickets to win entries. For more details check out www.ws100.com. Good luck to all the competitors this year!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
The Reno Rodeo is back and providing entertainment for the whole family.
The Reno Rodeo is a 10 day event in it’s 90th year in the Reno area. Over the years I have attended the rodeo and always enjoyed the cross section of events that are so foreign to my everyday life. We have not been to the event in a few years but I am planning on going later this week. The last day in this Sunday and tickets are still available. Even if you are not into cowboys, bull riding and such, the rodeo is worth it’s ticket price for the entertainment it provides. Check it out on the web.
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
Appreciating the differences of Squaw Valley and Treasure Cay and what they offer.
We live, work and play in the mountaintop paradise of Squaw Valley where the snow flies in the winter and the sun shines in the summer. We have clear blue skies about two thirds of the year. The crowds come and go with the seasons and many folks have moved to the area for their passion of outdoor mountain activities. We are influenced by and service many Northern California visitors at a city pace, however “Tahoe Time” definitely exists.
Island Time on Treasure Cay Beach
We thouroughly enjoyed our vacation to the island paradise of Treasure Cay where the beautiful combination of sand and sea seem otherworldly. The locals are friendly and certainly cater to seasonal vacationers mostly visiting from and influenced by Floridians. “Island time” is part of the visit which suites me just fine while I am catching on a little R&R.
Now back in Squaw Valley, I appreciate all the beauties our world has to offer and look forward to my next travelling adventure.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Yesterday we celebrated a milestone birthday for Ron with a group of about 15 people by boating, snorkeling and enjoying the islands. We all boarded a dear friends powerboat and headed off to Fowl Cay Preserve, an underwater park where the sea life is protected and the snorkeling is beautiful. It was low tide and so the access to the reef was traveled with precision as the boat had about a 5 foot draft and there were a few reef heads showing. Once comfortably anchored between the coral heads, we had a minute swim over to several snorkeling locations. The area was swarming with fish… parrot fish, sargent majors, fairy bassets, just to name a few. The find of the day was spotting a ray nestled under a bit of sand, with tail, spine and eyes just visible. It had about a 5 foot wing span and we all enjoyed viewing him while he rested in the sand.
Next we headed to Guana Cay for lunch and the locally, well known restaurant/bar called Nipper’s. We lunched on the deck with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean, then body surfed in the the breaking waves and swam in the two tiered pool. After a full afternoon of water, sun, and Nipper’s Rum Punches, we boated home to regroup. The day ended delightfully with dinner on the deck of Bahama Beach Club where the staffed added a few touches to make it a very special evening.