Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Wawona Sequoia Tree
El Capitan
Owen and I just spent the last eight days in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, CA on vacation.  The weather and scenery was gorgeous and it was a nice respite from work and all these doctors and treatment thoughts.  As I’ve said before, getting away from the rat race, relaxing and enjoying our short time on earth is one of my favorite things to do. 

Half Dome
Yosemite was incredibly beautiful as we expected – crowds were low, probably due to its being off-season as well as the well publicized hantavirus that had killed a few tourists this summer.  Below are some pictures of the famous scenery there:  El Capitan, Half Dome and a Sequoia tree,  It’s hard to capture the size and scope of what we saw in these photographs.

We then went to Lake Tahoe and stayed in Stateline which is right on the California and Nevada border.  Lake Tahoe is gorgeous as it is a large lake surrounded by mountains.  The elevation here ranges from 6,000 – 8,000 feet.  This location is quite touristy as there are many hotels and restaurants on the California side and just up the block is the Nevada side that has a few casinos.  Close to Stateline is Emerald Bay, which is an offshoot of Lake Tahoe and several really nice beaches. 

Emerald Bay
Baldwin Beach
Tomorrow I am back to work and next week back to doctors to discuss if my current treatment of this disease needs to change.  I feel well rested and ready to face my current challenges.