Monday, December 22, 2008

Tahoe trip report

The break is off to a good start as my family went to Tahoe over the weekend to see The Nutcracker at MontBleu. Though the weather was unsuitable for skiing, the trip was still a lot of fun.

Day 1

We left around 9 a.m. to catch the 3 p.m. show in Stateline. Dad had hoped to leave an hour earlier, but packing up took longer than expected. I also needed to stop at Berkeley to check out of the dorms for the holidays. However, this didn't take too much time as most people had already left. There was some traffic as well, although we managed to arrive at MontBleu with about half an hour to spare. Thank heavens for small favors.

While I'm not a huge ballet fan, I did my best to enjoy the show. This was our first time attending a ballet performance in over 10 years. The show turned out to be amazing; the only downside is that photography wasn't allowed.

The package included a one-night stay and admission to the Opal Ultra Lounge. After some cup noodles and vegetables for dinner, my parents and I went to the ultra lounge for drinks and to dance to the music. Despite my inability to dance, this was the best part of the trip. It took a great deal of effort to not look like a fool. I'm sure everyone was secretly laughing at me. *shrugs*

There was an art show with a live jazz band and complimentary wine later in the evening. As much as we enjoyed the exhibits, all of us were tired and soon returned to our hotel room. I then found out I got an "A" in Stat 157 after checking my grades. Sweet!

Day 2

The three of us headed to Incline Village after breakfast and checked into Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. Our plan was to go to Soda Springs as we hadn't skied in over four years, but the weather changed our minds. Other than that, the morning wasn't too bad as we went for a drive around Lake Tahoe. The scenery was amazing!

Back at the hotel, my mother and I watched The Bucket List on our portable DVD player. The movie wasn't that bad despite the critical reviews. Mom then watched A Good Year while I played Super Star Wars on my laptop.

It was then time for dinner. I saw a buffet that looked good, but the price was exorbitant. The food at other restaurants wasn't any cheaper. Greedy bastards. In the end, dinner consisted of smoked salmon and more cup noodles. The evening ended with a stroll around the hotel and a workout in the fitness room.

Day 3

Dad decided to take us to Soda Springs as the weather had cleared up. However, the excitement was short-lived as the weather turned bad again; not wanting to get caught up in the storm, my family went to Truckee instead. The storm soon reached Truckee as well - and it had gotten even worse - so we high-tailed it out of town and began our drive home.

The fun didn't end there as we stopped at WinCo Foods in Vacaville. I love WinCo because everything there is so cheap. The last stop on the way home was the Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant in San Jose for dinner. The food was absolutely delicious.

The purpose of the trip was to see the Nutcracker ballet, but we did much more than that. Though we didn't get to ski this time, the trip was still awesome. I've posted some pictures here. These were taken with my new digital camera. :-)

In other news...

The Liang family has invited us to their Christmas Eve gathering. Because we can't be in two places at once, Mom is moving our party back to New Year's Eve. Two parties to look forward to - I'm definitely not complaining!

Update: The pictures are now online.

Currently watching: The Bucket List

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