Washoe Lake State Park
Out of the mountains and into the desert. Always love the immediate transitions. Well, high desert. Carson City is about half an hour from Reno (going south) and Lake Tahoe (going east) It was a short 45 minute drive from our mountain boondocking site. We chose to come this way so we could use our NV State Park Pass once more which allows us to stay for free.
Since it was early, the winds hadn't kicked up yet and the reflections on the lake were beautiful.
Looking further back through the canyon before reaching the gazebo.
There are lots of pretty reddish pink rocks up here.
Hurley headed right for the little bit of shade there was.
Slide Mountain reflecting in Washoe Lake.
There were bright green, yellow and orange lichen on the rocks alongside the blues and grays.
While Steve was looking for a geocache Hurley found some more shade to wait in.
Back down we head as Steve has a conference call to do!
A bench on a sloped hillside if you need a rest. Hurley did.
But he chose this nearby boulder to rest at.
There were some rocky outcroppings at most of the high points.
Back down by the creek the end of this log looked like one of the wild mustangs.
A drive along the lake takes you past some large alfalfa farms. The deer aren't dumb. They know where to get a good meal, some shade and water.
Then it was back home for dinner and a fire. That was how most of our week went. Just relaxing.
Then on Sunday we drove back to Placerville (a 2 hr drive each way) so we could see my Dad once more and celebrate his 81st birthday. We won't be back until November so we wanted to see how he's been progressing this past month after his time in the hospital.
Everyone made it but a couple of the grandkids that had to work or were out of the country.
We had a big BBQ then cake. Courtney and Kaylee getting the birthday candles lit.
Whoa! It looks like the whole cake is on fire!
Kris, Steve, Diane, Steve and Shane.
Shane, Josh and my Dad.
Phoebe and Hurley.
And there they are! We were excited to see them!
And just after that we got the REALLY exciting news! Ryan, our oldest, and Diana got engaged!!
Did I say we were excited?! We fell asleep that night tired but with big smiles on our faces.