Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3rd BWW - Day 4

On Monday morning, we ate breakfast and packed up to go. Twila took out the trash and discovered that one of our tires was flat to the rim. After a call to AAA and a change to the donut, we were on our way to Reno. We drove the back roads, along the lake, to enjoy the scenery and avoid high speeds. We returned our ski equipment and swapped out the rental car for one with four normal tires.

We then headed for what Yelp promised to be the best Mexican restaurant in Reno, Mari & Chuy's Mexican Kitchen. We were not led astray, it was fabulous and the owners were super nice. I had an amazing strawberry mojito, fresh-made ceviche and a salad. The rest of the table's food looked and smelled great and we all agreed that it was one of the best Mexican meals we'd had anywhere.
After lunch we checked into the Peppermill Resort Hotel. We went straight for the spa and hung out in the pools, sauna and steam room before our couples massages. I thought it would be a nice way to end our trip before we all returned to hectic, three-day workweeks. We all relaxed and after a lazy afternoon, ate dinner in the hotel, our plans to whoop it up on St. Patrick's Day put aside for a reasonable bedtime and a 6:25am flight. (Photo: Peppermill Resort Hotel)
In all, it was a great trip, one which garnered a "12 out of 10" review from Jason and Twila. It was nice to get away, spend time and catch up with good friends properly and enjoy the great outdoors. Looking forward to Blog Winner Weekend #4!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

3rd BWW - Day 3

Today we arrived at the mountain a little later than yesterday. I decided to take another lesson to get more comfortable with everything - I was stoked that they suggested I skip a level, all the way to level 3. While Brian, Twila and Jason zig-zagged the mountain for different trails, I made my way to the top for a 2-mile run down to the bottom. The chairlift was much bigger and faster (pictured at the top) and the photo mid-left is my "proof I was at the top" photo. In all, it was a fun day and we were all adequately spent when we headed out at 3pm.

We decided to take it easy for the evening. After a leisurely rest on the sectional with nice conversation, Jason hit the hot tub (mid-left), and Twila joined him, to watch the sun set. I watched it from the living room window, while Brian was out picking up some pizzas. We all had a nice, relaxing dinner and watched some television. Tomorrow we will take on Reno's version of St. Patty's Day! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Third Blog Winner Weekend - Day 1 & 2

We arrived in Reno yesterday afternoon for the third blog winner weekend. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out past posts) We picked up a car, rental skis/boots/poles and ski passes in town and had a delicious lunch (of course) at a place called Süp. I had the yummiest, New York white cheddar grilled cheese with avocado (pictured middle).

After lunch, we drove to the condo we rented in Tahoe. The view from the living room, picture window can be seen at the top, the blue sliver is the lake. After some much deserved naps (bottom right), we headed to Scusa to carb up for today's skiing adventures. My eggplant parmesan was perfect. We all left full and ready for bed - getting up at 3am and tacking on a two-hour time change is a tough way to start a vacation!
The next morning we got up bright and early, packed lunches and headed to Sierra at Tahoe to beat the crowd. Three local Olympic gold medalists came in the afternoon (they are tiny in the top, right corner) and we wanted to nab a parking spot. Jason and Twila (the blog winner weekend winners) and Brian hit the slopes right away and I waited on my lesson. Today was my first downhill skiing experience and I wanted to get the do's and don'ts down to avoid breaking myself in two. Like the last time we were here, I still hate the chairlift but the skiing was fun. It was 50 degrees on the mountain, so we were plenty warm and skied most of the day.
After showers, we headed back into town and walked around a bit (so nice to have regular shoes on after those ski boots - ouch!). We then headed for Off the Hook for a delicious sushi dinner. Brian and I shared the most amazing yellowtail, garlic albacore and salmon sashimi, along with a tiger roll and finished it all off with tempura fried, green tea ice cream.

Fully stuffed, we headed back to the condo for a soak in the hot tub. The moon is full tonight and we could see lots of stars. A perfect end to a wonderful day. Here's to hoping my body cooperates to get out of bed tomorrow to do it all again!