Sunday, August 4, 2013

Saturday Snapshots on Sunday!

I know, it's Sunday.  Saturday is gone, but so was I so I couldn't link up for Miss Nelson's Saturday Snapshots yesterday.  But I'm BACK now!  Here's what I've been up to this week:

We went camping with our niece and her boyfriend at Upper Blue Lake in the Sierras.  This is one of those hidden gems not far from Lake Tahoe.  It was our first time here and it's our new favorite camping destination.

Our view in the morning.
 My husband loves his morning coffee making routine.  While I'm still buried in my sleeping bag, he's out there brewing coffee.  I love that he does such a fabulous job providing me with a steaming hot, fresh cup of coffee out in the wild.

Enjoying my morning coffee with the Wild Ones.

We watched the sunrise every morning.  Sometimes there were a few anglers on the beach, but we were usually the only early birds taking in the view.

The Wild Ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  They raced up and down the beach constantly until their paws were too tender to run any more.  They're still worn out hours after getting home.  It will likely take them a few days to recover.
The Wild Ones
 This was a view we had as we hiked on the other side of the lake.

The Wild Ones ran free on our seven mile hike.  This was the easy part of the hike.  The flat part. Shortly after I took this picture, we started to climb uphill.  We had to scramble up hillsides, over rocks, and through brush.  I was the slow one in the group.  Everytime I got winded, I made the excuse that I needed to take another picture.  I think they caught on to me eventually.

Our hike ended up at this pristine little lake.  My niece's boyfriend scrambled to the peak on the opposite side of the lake while we relaxed on the shoreline.  I waded in the water (brrrr) and had little fish nibbling on my toes.
Granite Lake
 We're not much for campfires when we're camping alone, but our niece brought chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers...well you get the picture...give me some s'mores and I'm game!  This picture was taken post-s'mores. We look pretty content don't we?
Relaxing by the fire.
  Evidence that even the Wild Ones wear out eventually.

 This was the perfect end to a great summer break.  I'm rested and rejuvenated. Tomorrow I'll be heading back to school to get my classroom ready and to help my daughter set up her room.  While it's tough to leave the lazy days of summer behind, I'm excited about the start of the new school year.


  1. Ummm...could the scenery be any more gorgeous? I'm super duper jealous! Glad you had a wonderful time at the end of your break!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Oh Alison, I know! It was so beautiful. I sat for hours upon hours just taking in the view.

  2. I agree!! SOOO jealous! Everything is cold and grey in New Zealand those photos are AMAZING!
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    1. Erin, you're in New Zealand? New Zealand is on my dream vacation list! Sadly it will have to wait as our winter break isn't long enough for us to come visit during your summer.

  3. Picture perfect snapshots. Just love those Wild Ones!

    1. Thanks Angela. The Wild Ones are still moving slow this morning.

  4. These photos are amazing. I wish I spent some more time outdoors. The sunsets and scenery are breathtaking.

    1. I'm sure I'll be saying the same thing after I spend the day rearranging my classroom today... "I wish I spent some more time outdoors."

  5. Hi Lori!
    Your photographs are stunning...such a beautiful area!!! My BIL and SIL have a house near Lake Tahoe :) Just wanted to stop by and say 'hi'. I'm your August SLANT partner and newest follower!

    1. Kris,

      Thanks for stopping by! So excited about SLANT!