Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day weekend trip report

I just got back from a three-day trip to Roseville and Tahoe with my parents. It was very exciting as we went to several new places. There's no better way to spend the Father's Day weekend!

Day 1

The original plan was to visit Bodega Bay as we hadn't been there in a long time. However, Dad had gotten word that Eileen's poetry club was meeting at Lake Chabot Regional Park on the 19th. The event was moved from Lake Merritt in Oakland due to traffic following the Golden State Warriors game. Because my parents are philosophers at heart and each recently wrote a poem, they opted to go to Lake Chabot and save Bodega Bay for another trip.

We arrived just in time for a potluck lunch with all the fixings. Everyone then recited their poems before going for a walk along the lake. It was a wonderful feeling - the only reason we didn't stay for the entire hike is that we had to drive another 110 miles to Roseville.

The good news is that it didn't take too long to get to Roseville despite the traffic jams. Seeing that it was hot outside, the only stop in the evening was a Japanese restaurant for dinner. The noodle soup was among the best I've ever had.

Day 2

The breakfast at Hyatt Place was also really good. Though the distance to Reno wasn't too far, the drive took several hours due to congestion. Because the temperatures were still high when we got there, the afternoon was uneventful except for a late lunch at a stylish café. We only ordered two sandwiches as it was well past noon, but they were delicious!

After the weather cooled down, my family went to a pizza joint for dinner before going to Circus Circus. The slots were lots of fun even though luck wasn't on our side this time. ^_^

Day 3

Happy Father's Day and summer solstice!

The day began with another nice breakfast at the hotel. Dad then took us to some nearby trails he had found, starting with a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail called the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail. This was our first time hiking in Tahoe and an exciting experience. The scenery in the area was incredible. The hike was easily the best part of the trip.

Further down south was the Diamond Peak trail, located next to the ski area of the same name. The three of us ate lunch in the car before heading out as it was already past 1 p.m. But because this hike was more strenuous - and the views weren't as great - we turned back shortly afterwards.

The next stop was Eagle Falls as Mom wanted pictures. There were many people, some of whom were wading in the water. That definitely looked like fun. Dad then took us to Fallen Leaf Lake on the recommendation of a poetry club member. The place was quiet and peaceful. I even enjoyed a frozen treat while relaxing in the shade. Despite its merits, Fallen Leaf Lake probably isn't worth another visit due to its remote location.

We had planned to look for more hiking trails but decided to head back after my mother started getting tired. Mom had hoped to stop at Costco for gas and groceries on the way home, but my father missed the exit due to the GPS acting up. Though we took the next exit and eventually found our way to Costco, the main store closed just as we finished refueling our car. That meant we couldn't get groceries as planned. Shit happens.

Not too far away was a WinCo Foods store. As much as we love WinCo, all of us were tired and decided to skip it this time. The traffic wasn't too severe and allowed us to get home earlier than expected. It was an exhausting trip as we spent a lot of time on the road. I'm actually a little glad we didn't get home too late.

Conclusions

Tahoe is a place that never gets old. But what made this trip so exciting is that we explored several new locations. The Tahoe Rim Trail was my favorite, although Fallen Leaf Lake wasn't too bad either. I definitely hope to go hiking in Tahoe again soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures from our vacation.

Currently listening to: "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hospital visits are no fun...

...especially in the middle of the night at 4 a.m.

So the family across the street is moving and has generously put stuff up for free. I was helping my parents carry some furniture last night when I started getting an itch. At first we thought it was caused by dry skin or bug bites, but the itching became worse and bumps began appearing everywhere. It eventually got so bad that I couldn't sleep. I figured it was just hives, but Dad insisted on taking me to the hospital just to be on the safe side.

The doctor confirmed it was hives after one look while a nurse gave me medicine to suppress the reaction. That must have been some pretty powerful stuff as the symptoms went away within an hour. From what the doctor and the nurse told me, the hives were likely caused by food allergies. This was exhausting as I had very little sleep after getting home. I just hope this doesn't happen again. *shrugs*

One thing for sure is that I'm not looking forward to the bill. From what I've heard, emergency room visits are expensive as hell. :\

Currently playing: Final Doom