California Vacation Part I - Lake Tahoe

October 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

August 12 - 18, 2012 - Lake Tahoe, California

Hello everyone! Whew it's been a long time since my last post; however - I've begun my new contract with Whirl Magazine and have been shooting events for them almost every day! It's been a blast meeting all the best people at the hottest events around Pittsburgh!

So get ready for the October Blogfest. It begins with a recap of my trip to California this August. The trip was a two-week adventure that began with a week in Lake Tahoe with the Winters' family (my soon-to-be family-in-law), and another week with my future husband Michael traveling along the northwest coast of Cali.

And so it all began at Michael's grandparents home that's snuggled on the shore of Carnelian Bay at Lake Tahoe. 

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This was the second time I've been able to travel to Lake Tahoe, and let me say - it's the most breathtaking place in the world. Even when there are clouds in the sky... which is not very often.

California2012 015 At night, you can see every star in the sky.

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A native Steller's Jay nibbles on some snacks we gave him. 

California2012 023 This is Theliah. She is Michael's grandmother Marilyn's cute little Dachshund dog with di-chormatic eyes and a very chilled out personality. 

California2012 036 California2012 057 We made a trip up to the old gold mining town Virginia City.

California2012 076 We took a tour of an old mine and saw some cool artifacts from the harsh days of coal mining. I can't even imagine dealing with real dynamite. You remember what happened to Arzt, right? 

California2012 118 Candy store! 

California2012 107 So the next day we were treated to a morning of parasailing by Michael's grandma Marilyn. I loved the gorgeous view of the lake from that high up - which by the way - was 800 feet above the water! 

California2012 152 Oh yeah - and Marilyn decided to join Dan on a parasail ride as well - at 83 years old! 

California2012 175 I think she truly loved it... 

California2012 186 California2012 217 Clear Tahoe skies with the bright sun reflecting off of the lake. 

California2012 227 California2012 248 This is Michael, Dan, me (Bridgett), and Harry hanging out up at the tea house on an island in Emerald Bay. We had to swim over to the island from the boat and climb up the mountain to get there. Very cool. 

California2012 277 The entrance to Emerald Bay. 

California2012 253 A shore view of the island in Emerald Bay.

California2012 261 (left) Michael and his mom, Arlene. (right) Richard, Tom, and Michael Winters. 

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Hiking above Lake Tahoe.

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This shot was taken at THE BEST breakfast place ever called South Pine Cafe in Nevada City, California. Pictured here are the best friends and family that anyone could ever ask for! 

California2012 331 Our friend Jesse (left) and Michael's cousin Shemariah with her chihuahuas (right).

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Dylan Simmons knows what's up.

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This marks the end of Part I of the trip! Stay tuned for Part II - when we travel to San Francisco & Carmel, California! 

If you'd like to view the full online gallery featuring our trip to California, visit the full online gallery here: http://www.bridgettkay.com/tahoe2012 

(c) 2012 Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC


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