Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day weekend trip report

The Father's Day weekend was awesome as my family went on a three-day trip to Roseville and Tahoe. It was particularly refreshing as we visited several new places!

Day 1

The plan was to go to Bodega Bay in the morning. Although we've been there before, Mom wanted to get better pictures for her articles. However, Dad had gotten word that Eileen's poetry club was meeting at Lake Chabot Regional Park in the afternoon. Both of my parents are philosophers at heart; having each recently written a poem, they opted to go to Lake Chabot and defer Bodega Bay to another time.

The three of us arrived just in time for a potluck lunch with all the fixings. The club members then recited their poems before going for a stroll along the lake. This was a wonderful experience; my family would have stayed for the entire hike if we didn't have to drive another 110 miles to Roseville. The event was originally going to be held at Lake Merritt in Oakland but was moved to Lake Chabot due to traffic following the Golden State Warriors game. From what I've heard, Lake Merritt is also beautiful.

Getting to Roseville didn't take too long despite the traffic jams. Seeing that the weather was rather hot, none of us did much in the evening other than have dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. The noodle soup was among the best I've ever had.

Day 2

The breakfast at Hyatt Place was also really good. It was then time to head to Tahoe. While the distance wasn't too far, the drive took several hours due to congestion. As the temperatures were still high when we arrived in Reno, 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, our party went to a local pizza joint for dinner before going to Circus Circus in the evening. The slots were lots of fun, although we didn't have the blessings of RNGesus this time. ^_^

Day 3

Happy Father's Day and summer solstice!

The day began with another nice breakfast, after which we went to check out some nearby trails that Dad had recently found. I was super excited as this was our first time hiking in Tahoe. First up was a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail near Mt. Rose. The hike was the best part of the trip, especially with the amazing scenery.

Further down south was the Diamond Peak trail, located next to the ski area of the same name. We had lunch before starting out as it was already past 1 p.m. This hike was more strenuous and might have been a good workout, but my parents and I turned back shortly afterwards as the views weren't that great.

The next stop was Eagle Falls at Mom's request. There were lots of people, many of whom were wading in the water. That looked pretty fun; I wouldn't have minded stayed a little longer.

Someone in Eileen's poetry club had recommended Fallen Leaf Lake, so that's where we went next. The lake was indeed nice; 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. The plan was to look for more hiking trails, but we changed our minds after Mom started getting tired.

The drive home wasn't without mishaps: my father missed an exit leading to a Costco due to our GPS alerting us too late. The reason for picking Costco is that the fuel there is much cheaper and Mom wanted to buy some groceries. Dad took the next exit, and while we ultimately found our way to Costco, the detour was really long. The main store closed just as we finished refueling our car, meaning we couldn't get groceries as planned. Shit happens.

The route took us past a WinCo Foods store. As much as we love WinCo, all of us were tired from the traveling and decided to skip it this time. The traffic fortunately wasn't too severe and allowed us to get home earlier than expected.


Tahoe is one of those places that never gets old. But what made this trip especially 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 hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail again soon. The vacation was also exhausting due to the heat and the amount of driving; I'm actually a little glad we didn't get home too late. You can see our pictures here.

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.

The family across the street is moving and has generously let us take their extra stuff. I was helping my parents carry some of the 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 with bumps began appearing everywhere. It eventually got so bad that I couldn't sleep. I figured it was nothing more than hives, but Dad insisted on taking me to the hospital just to make sure it wasn't anything serious.

The doctor took one look and confirmed it was indeed hives. A nurse gave me medicine to suppress the allergic 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. Considering that I didn't get any sleep until coming back from the hospital, this was undoubtedly an exhausting experience. I just hope it doesn't happen again. *fingers crossed*

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