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Sixty Roamin Angels met at IHOP at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 14 to start the first leg of the annual Tahoe run, led by Landon and Karen S. Everyone was ready to go! Weather was spectacular, and it only got better from there. We were able to get all 30 cars in line and up Hwy 20 to Interstate 80. A quick freeway ride, exiting at Big Bend, and taking the rest of the trip to Truckee up old US 40. If you haven’t driven that way, try it next trip up the hill. Views of Donner Lake were breath-taking. We made a quick pit stop in Truckee, then on to Tahoe City and the Indian Basket museum at Fanny Bridge. Then back in the cars and down the west side of the lake to the Tahoe Maritime museum in Homewood.
After that, the fantastic ride across the top of the world at Emerald Bay. There is a 270 degree view of Lake Tahoe/Fallen Leaf Lake just as one drives out of Emerald Bay, and three 10-mile an hour hairpin turns. YIKES!
We had a great lunch stop at the Red Hut Café on Ski Run Blvd. They did a fantastic job serving all of us quickly and the food was great. (Even an ice cream parlor for dessert). Drove all through South Lake Tahoe, then up the East shore to Cave Rock boat launch area for some photos of the cars next to the lake. We heard that Dick Stein’s 32 Ford was having an electrical issue back at the restaurant, and their pod was staying with them for support. At the boat launch, Bev and Gio reported a strange noise coming from the Thunderbird brakes, so Lanny tested it to see if he could determine what was wrong.
Back in the cars, we headed to Incline Village along Hwy. 28. We drove through Incline Village’s famed Lakeshore Drive, just to see how really rich people build houses in Tahoe…a lot of money on that road.
We reached Cal Neva Lodge about 3:30 p.m. All of the rooms were lakeview rooms.
We had signed up to take their famous “Tunnel Tour”, and the docent was great. He spun the tales of the hustlers, gamblers, politicians and movie stars. He made the tour really fun. We were able to see the room Marilyn Monroe used when she was there, as well as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Jack and Bobby Kennedy.
Landon and Karen hosted a quick byob party up in their room, and then everyone was on their own for dinner.
Friday morning, most met for breakfast at 7 in the coffee shop at the Cal Neva. After breakfast, we arranged the cars in the entrance to the hotel, took photographs, and then said goodbye.
Some chose to leave at that time, and others were going on to shop in Truckee, but about 15 cars continued on the Sierra Nevada College’s Research Center back in Incline Village. They have two tours, free of charge, one explaining the “green” building they are in, and the other a history and other interesting facts on Lake Tahoe (which includes a 3-D movie that was very well done).
After the tours, we met for lunch at Steamers in Kings Beach. It was there that Norm’s Mercury decided she had had enough of this trip, and she demanded to be carried home back to Lake Wildwood. Tow truck was called…
We were back in Grass Valley by 4 p.m. just as Landon had promised, and it was a beautiful, relaxed, and fun trip with all of our friends. Stay tuned…for next year.
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