Tahoe Journal – June 15, 1998

Monday, June 15, 1998

Most of the family went horseback riding, but my ribs were bothering me, so I stayed with Gramma and Grampa. They probably had fun. Gramma and Grampa took me to a water plant, and they gave them a sample to see if it was okay. Then we drove to the Tahoe Tessie museum and looked at some of the newspaper articles. Next door was a wood-carving store with some cool carvings. Also, there was a gift shop, and they bought me a Lake Tahoe hat. We went over to Safeway (or was it Lucky’s?), and bought some really tasty Godzilla ice cream. It was delicious.

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Grampa and Mario at Water Treatment Plant

Mario with Bear Carving

Mario at Tahoe Tessie Museum

Tahoe Journal – Flag Day 1998

Sunday, June 14, 1998

Today was another Ponderosa day, the fourth one so far, and hopefully the last one for at least a little while (it’s fun, but it gets really repetitive!). We did the breakfast hay wagon, as usual, and got held up again, although he had some new jokes. The breakfast was pretty good, a sure plus. We didn’t see the gunfight, but we did get to see Buckaroo Beau, a new addition since our last three visits, where a cowboy by the same name does some fun rope tricks and gun-twirling stuff. That was cool. We left a lot earlier than usual.

Almost as soon as we got home, we decided to go to the beach. That was cool, because we got to bring out new 4-person raft. Only Carlo actually got in the water, but most of us got to paddle the raft (Donna mostly sunbathed). The paddling felt really good, because it helps me exercise my chest muscles, which is good, considering the trampoline incident. We ate some lunch there, paddled some more and went home.

Now it’s 8:00 PM, and we can’t find anything on the television to watch. What’s on Sunday night at 8?

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Tahoe Journal – June 13, 1998

Saturday, June 13, 1998

You may notice a modified format in this journal. I have begun to find a disliking in writing in cursive, so what you see is what you get!

We got here okay. The trip was so-so; we are breakfast and went here. Luckily, we all made great time. Interestingly, barely anyone is staying in the same 8-day period as we are, save Gramma and Grampa. Fortunately for me, this means that the boys get their own beds (the girls have to share one! ◕‿◕).

Not much else happened. I played a couple million round of electronic Wheel of Fortune. The kids had a few rounds of hide-and-seek, but I got tired quickly (because of the cracked rib thing!). Well, there wasn’t much else, so in the words of so many journal writers, “I gotta go now so bye”.

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Tahoe Journal – June 19, 1997

Today, we finally went to Emerald Bay. We had a nice long hike, and when we got down, we had a great lunch. I had a chicken sandwich. We didn’t swim, and most of us didn’t tour Vikingsholm (Kara, however, insisted to). We mostly went for the excercise and for the sights.

On the hike back, the girls continually complained about us “slowpoke” guys (Actually, Kara was rallying the girls to continually complain about us “slowpoke” guys!). Before the hike back, Dad, Carlo, Amelia and I hiked up Eagle Falls (Kara was on the tour; Donna stayed with Kara). That hike was probably the best hike of them all.

I am only sad to say that we are leaving tomorrow morning. For some reason, whenever we leave Tahoe, I always think two things:

  1. Man, was Kara annoying!
  2. I think I forgot to do something.

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Tahoe Journal – June 18, 1997

Wednesday, June 18, 1997

We were originally going to go to Emerald Bay, but after quite a few complaints, we went to the beach again. It was quite a bit warmer today, and a lot windier, too. We found a lot of crawdad claws, but we threw them back in the lake, because they were really stinky. I got to row the raft again, and that was pretty fun. We didn’t bring lunch this time, but I did have a bag of chips and a String Thing. It was a pretty fun.

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Tahoe Journal – June 17, 1997

Tuesday, June 17, 1997

Man, is Lake Tahoe cold! Today we went swimming down at the beach. As I said above, it was quite chilly at the lake, but then again, when is it ever warm? Still, I always have loved to swim there. I also got to paddle the raft for awhile (Kara kept thinking it was her turn about every 5 seconds), and that was fun. We had a nice picnic lunch at the beach, but the mass quantities of ants kept me on my toes the whole time.

Later in the day, we went out to dinner at the Family Tree. I had this great chicken sandwich, and it definitely fulfilled my appetite!

After dinner, we drove to Magic Carpet Golf, which has become some kind of family tradition. It was Kara, Donna and Carlo vs Dad, Amelia and me. We whooped their butts big time (249 to 300!). Afterward, we played at the Moonshine Mine, and I kept soaking the girls (Dad got me a couple times too!). Then, I played the Simpsons arcade game, but couldn’t get past the second level.

On the way to the cabin, we stopped at McDonald’s and got some ice cream. All in all, I had a great day.

[included mini-golf scores]

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Tahoe Journal – June 16, 1997

Monday, June 16, 1997

Today was our third trip to the Ponderosa. It was pretty much like the other two, except the showdown had better jokes. We went on the breakfast hay wagon again, and had a great breakfast. I had seconds.

I was going to buy something with the money I brought (20 bucks!), but decided to spend it at The Store, which has more variety. When we got home, I got the idea to play Monopoly. Carlo agreed, but as we set up, he quit, and just because he didn’t like the board setup! Talk about being a poor sport!

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The Gang at Ponderosa Ranch

Tahoe Journal – Father’s Day 1997

Sunday, June 15, 1997 (Father’s Day)

Our second Father’s Day here was as good as the first and better. We gave Dad some Looney Tunes golfing equipment, but the practice putter doesn’t work very well. Dad still loves it.

After the celebration, we had eggs, sausage, and english muffins for breakfast. It was delicious. Then, we drove down to the Tahoe Gal for another ride.

The Tahoe Gal hasn’t changed much, although this time we took the North Shore cruise. The cool thing was that I got an adult ticket (I love growing up!). I had a nice big root beer to drink, and that was good. The captain had a funny Texan accent, and kept repeating things over the loudspeaker. Even so, I still had a great time. When we got home, we had a nice big lunch, sat around for a little while, and left the cabin again.

This time, we decided to drive Lucy to Ward Creek. It was okay, but there were mosquitoes everywhere! Then, we came home, which we were all very glad about!

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The Kids on the Tahoe Gal

Tahoe Journal – Flag Day 1997

Saturday, June 14, 1997 (Flag Day)

Today, we did EVERYTHING & MORE!!!

First, we went to the Silver Legacy in Reno. It was okay, but not very child-oriented. We only went there for the dome ceiling, which showed a pretend thunderstorm. That was pretty cool.

Next, we went to Circus Circus. We played lots of arcade games (Dad won lots of stuffed animals), and we all got to watch a really cool trapeze act and a dog show.

After that, we walked to Planet Hollywood, a cool restaurant with props from all kinds of famous movies, like Terminator, The Jabberwocky, Toys and more. I had a mondo ½ pound burger for lunch, and we moved on.

Our next and final stop for the day was at Boomtown, a super-cool place with arcades, a mini-golf course, and a virtual reality ride. We played a round of mini-golf, and while everyone else waited in line for the VR, I played some Skee-Ball. However, I got back in time for, “Red Rock Run”, a really cool VR ride on Mars. This was definitely our best Tahoe trip ever.

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Tahoe Journal – June 13, 1997

Friday, June 13, 1997

I have a feeling that this is going to be the summer of summers. I don’t know why, but something tells me that this summer will be the best.

The ride here was fairly uneventful. We ate breakfast, drove for awhile, ate lunch, drove a little more (you get the idea!). A major plus in this trip is that I get my own bed (a double bed all to myself! Yippee!).

I made sure that we brought our Game Boy and games, and I hope to get plenty of playing time in. We will be staying up here for eight days (which must be some kind of personal record for me!).

When we got here, we pretty much just had a lazy afternoon. I build with Legos, we drank hot chocolate, and we all watched T.V.. All that really happened was when Donna, Kara and I went to get some groceries at Lucky’s. It was boring.

Tommorrow, we are supposed to go to the Silver Legacy and Planet Hollywood. See ya then.

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