Lake Tahoe, Nevada – 7/17/2014

 

JULY 17, 2014 (Thursday)

 

As usual – lazy morning. Didn’t get out the door until around 12:30 PM. We headed to the Outlets in Sparks. First stop Target to get some T-Gel shampoo and a toothbrush. Next we went across the street to the Vanity Fair outlet. We also looked at some other stores in the outlet. The complex has some beautiful sculpture and water features on their property. Just lovely. We enjoy just walking around.

First stop and mission accomplished.

First stop and mission accomplished.

Nearby mall and outlets.

Nearby mall and outlets.

Lots of fountains and fish and statuary.

Lots of fountains, fish and statuary.

Pretty woman always likes to say, "I'm following you."  Over her shoulder.

Pretty woman always likes to say, “I’m following you.” Over her shoulder.

It is too fun.

It is too fun.  Giant fish of little fish.

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And here it is, kinda.

And here it is, kinda.

Nice was to learn about Nevada.

Nice way to learn about Nevada.

Statues too.

Statues too.

When we left the outlets we went to In N Out burger for lunch. We went inside to eat (still trying to keep our car nice).

A very interesting company with a cult like following.

A very interesting company with a cult like following.

A product and process almost completely unchanged from the 1948 beginning.  The shelf life of the bun is so short they have to make them, they grind their own meat, start with a potato for the fries...and it all tastes really good.

A product and process almost completely unchanged from the 1948 beginning. The shelf life of the bun is so short they have to make them, they grind their own meat, start with a potato for the fries…and it all tastes really good.

By this time it was around 3:00 PM, so we decided to head up and over the hill to go to Incline Village/Sand Harbor. The drive was very beautiful (and steep). There was construction going on and we had to sit and wait for awhile. Just as Michael was falling asleep, the traffic started moving again. He was worried he wouldn’t be able to wake up enough to drive safe. He managed after a minute or so.

City park in Sparks with their own thinker.

City park in Sparks with their own thinker

Up over the top, rain, construction and delays.

Up over the top, rain, construction and delays.

It did not look like it boded well for us and the open air performance.

It did not look like it boded well for us and the open air performance.

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We drove to Sand Harbor (around 4:00 PM) and were told the parking fees were $12.00 (Nevada residents are $10.00). We were also told that after 5:00 PM, parking was free. We said we’d be back after 5:00 PM. We drove back to Incline Village and looked for a little bar to have a drink and visit for an hour or so. We decided on a little place called the Paddle Wheel. We went inside and each had a drink. Our desire of sticking around for an hour ended, however, because on both sides of us were smokers. We quickly consumed our drinks and left.

Forgot we weren't in California.

Forgot we weren’t in California.

We tried going to a nearby beauty salon to get hair cuts (they said walk-ins welcome), but it was almost closing time and they weren’t able to help us. We walked around for a little bit, and then just decided to go back to the car and wait. At this time there was lots of thunder, lightning and rain.

Edie liked these rocks near our car.

Edie liked these rocks near our car.

We got into the car and Michael quickly fell asleep. I followed after a few minutes. I was glad he woke up around 5:30 PM so we could head to Sand Harbor.

Sand Harbor is a state park and they host special events. Tonight we went to a Shakespeare play called “As You Like It.” It was really very good but the setting was spectacular. They have the stage and all the props but you can also see beautiful Lake Tahoe in the background. The chairs were very comfortable. It looked like the space could hold almost 500 people. As you enter the venue, there is a nice place where you can buy food, drinks, wine and beer.

Entering.

Entering with concessions right there.

Great souvenirs for sale as well.

Great souvenirs for sale as well.

Tonight's actors.

Tonight’s actors.

I had a sandwich.

I had a sandwich.

Edie had a cheese plate.

Edie had a cheese plate.

You can also bring in food and drink. Sand Harbor is divided into three different areas (and costs). The lower level is the high dollar area where they have servers coming around to where you don’t have to leave to order your food or drink. They also have areas with their own tables. The area where we were, it’s up higher and just has the chairs (but still a good view). The third area is way up high. I really enjoyed it and I think Michael did too. Very professional and fun. Loved the costumes and the way they did their scenery.

I hiked up to the top, quite the sandy climb but great views.

I hiked up to the top, quite the sandy climb but great views.

The back side of the top.

The back side of the top.

I was fascinated by the cloud captured in the distant hillside.

I was fascinated by the cloud captured in the distant hillside.

The weather cleared beautifully for the performance and we could not have asked for better.

The weather cleared beautifully for the performance and we could not have asked for better.

Julie was so funny, she made at least a hundred trips up and down, what a great and personable volunteer!

Julie was so funny, she made at least a hundred trips up and down, what a great and personable volunteer!

The stage was an industrial setting for the first part and this walls turned to be the wooded setting for the rest of the play.

The stage was an industrial setting for the first part and these walls turned to be the wooded setting for the rest of the play.

The play ended around 10:30 PM and we drove home. Again we had to stop for the road work but this time we didn’t fall asleep. We had been thinking it was pretty dead here as far as the casino’s go. But driving through at midnight we found the sidewalks somewhat crowded and the casino’s pretty full as we looked in when we drove by. 

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

 

 

 

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