I obviously wanted today to be action filled since it was our last day here in Tahoe. We woke up early (as usual) made some breakfast and headed out for some more paddle boarding. This time everyone came down to the beach and my Aunt Chris and Beron came out on the water as well. It was a beautiful morning and the water was very peaceful. I managed to not fall at all but Ber and my dad took a few spills and Chrissy gave up after her first fall (about 30 seconds in.) Kristen was feeling a bit lazy so she literally sat on her butt and paddled around the whole hour. She took the waterproof disposable camera we bought around with her though so hopefully we’ll get some good action shots from that. My dad and I really love being on there on the paddle boards and its so easy to pick up. We think it’d be fun to do at home on Hoover too!
After we finished paddle boarding we headed over to Camp Richardson (where we had ridden bikes and horses) and attempted to rent some jet-skis. However, you had to be 18 with a valid drivers licence to drive them and none of us were smart enough to actually bring our ID. SO, we nixed that idea and walked over to the Richardson Cafe for some lunch instead.
This was the same place Kristen had gotten that giant cheeseburger on our bike ride so she was raving about it to everyone as we were walking. My Uncle and Beron both took her advice and ordered the Elevation Burger. My aunt wasn’t very hungry so she got grilled cheese and a small side of jalapeno potato salad.
My dad had the pastrami and swiss on sourdough with spicy mustard. It was really good. Greasy and buttery just like pastrami should be.
My mom and I decided to get two different sandwiches and then trade halves. I ordered the Tallac Turkey (named after Mt. Tallac of course) and she got The Grove. Mine was turkey, avocado, lettuce, red onion and cranberry jam on a thick roll that was supposed to be ciabatta (but definitely wasn’t.) I really liked it. I know it sounds like a strange combo but I figured avocado is good with anything and the jam with turkey would be something new to try. My mom’s was cuke, tomato, sprouts, avocado, and garlic hummus on a thick wheat slice. It was good but the hummus was really garlic-y so I only had a few bites. My mom really liked it though.
Somehow after these massive sandwiches we still managed to get some ice cream from the Parlor across the street. I decided to go with my favorite classic flavor- Mint Chocolate chip in a waffle cone :)
After lunch we went back to the house and of course everyone wanted to take a nap. I waited until around 4 again and then woke my parents up to do something else. We decided hiking would be a good idea since we were in the mountains and hadn’t actually gone on any trails yet. We drove about 30 minutes up the mountain to D.L. Bliss campground to hike the Rubicon Trail. It was so so so pretty. The trail curved around Emerald Bay, where we had boated the day before, and then curved to look out across the whole lake. There were just too many great sights between the beaches and boats straight down below, the trees and rock formations up above, the mountains and pine groves in the distance and the cool windy view of the trail up ahead. We were short on time so we were only able to go about 2 miles but it was well worth it. We also stopped at Inspiration Point which looks directly down into Emerald Bay and snapped a few pics.
Once we got home from the hike we all showered up and headed out for dinner. My dad had checked online and found this great Italian place called Passarettis. It was very cozy and authentic feeling. As you can see the lighting was dim which was great for setting the mood, but not so great for my picture-taking. Regardless, we knew when we saw the giant booth they were seating us in we’d be happy. :)
I ordered a White Zin to drink and they brought out a really fresh sourdough baguette with butter and oils to start. We started with some appetizers, the sampler platter with calamari (“the best in Tahoe” according to reviews) fried zucchini and mozzarella sticks, and had an order of the deep-fried artichoke hearts. It was all very good, each came with a ranch dip and marinara dip that complemented each one.
For my main course I chose the Fettucine Carbonara. I almost got the Veal Parmagiana but I hadn’t had Carbonara in a while and I figured it’s vaca so go big or go home. Of course it was just as rich and creamy as ever with thick, salty chunks of prosciutto. SO good, but So heavy. It’s a shame I had to get that the last night so I couldn’t save the leftovers for later in the week. But like I said, well worth it.
So here’s to a great trip, great family, great food, and like my sister said when we toasted at dinner, “Here’s to next time, Tahoe at Christmas!”