Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
Everything is better by the lake.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bears all over the place!

We have so many bears around the yard we don't know what to do with them. Nooooo, they aren't real cute fuzzy bears, they are carved out of wood. Yes, Sandor has a new hobby - chainsaw carving. If you get a chance to drive by either of our houses you'll be able to catch a glance at some of our new family members.

How bears get made.

Bears going for a ride in the truck.

A bear and an eagle (not done) by the shed, and Pia, not a bear, a border-jack.

What happens when the neighbors don't properly secure their bear box, done by a real bear, witnessed by Kristin after midnight last June.

New on the outside!

Ok, here are the pics that we have all been waiting for. Now that you have seen the old cabin in my earlier post, it is time to check out the new look. We have completed the new windows and the exterior trim along with a new coat of "Red Pines" paint.

Here is Sandor holding the last nail for the last piece of exterior trim. We used rough sawn cedar STK and used a SuperDeck Natural stain. It looks nice with the Red Pines paint.  We tried to stay rustic.
Note the 'cranberry' colored fiberglass frames of the Milgard windows blend right in.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Painting in Progress

Here is a photo of getting our first coate of paint on the chimney. It was hard to reach the backside.  The upper dormer is going to be a pain! What fun!

Check out the new digs!

Cabin Transformation!

We have been working hard painting the exterior of the house and installing new windows and trim. I can barely find the time to squeeze in this post, but I thought that it would be cool to post some before and after shots.

I'll post the before shots now, and maybe some work in progress shots. We can't wait to be done - many trails and a beautiful lake await us. But of course, there is always something that can be worked on. In the future will be new countertops, tile floor, bathroom.....when does it end?

Here I am peeking into the cabin when we were cabin shopping back in September 2005.

Here I am peeking into the back bedroom window.

View from the street, front corner.

Right side, that's the bedroom window.

OK, that's enough for now to grab your interest. I will post some new shots soon. Keep in touch!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Specialized Trail Crew Potential


There is fun singletrack to be had at at _____ in Truckee, CA. You can just do the loop, or you can add on some of the Northstar trails. There are some goodies in there, so be sure to check them out.


When in Northstar, be sure to stay off the chairlifts. They do not like bikeriders on the lifts! Geez!

If you ride in Tahoe in May or June or even a little later, you are likely to encounter snow blocking your trail on the higher elevations. This big ice cap was on the Stanford Rock trail and it was June! A beautiful day indeed!

in the pics!)

Now, just as easily in May, you can encounter thundershowers. If it starts to rain, go low! We were on the Tahoe Rim Trail when we saw the storm rapidly approaching. When you get wet at high elevation, it gets COLD! Note to self - keep moving, don't stop, get to lower elevation to avoid cold, brrrrrrrrrrr!

Of course, there are many, many beautiful days for activities in the mountains. Look at these awseome days, also early in the summer. You can't beat days like that! And there are many to be had! Woo hoo!
Thanks for reading.

Helene Drumm

PS Excellent swimming opportunities are in abundance.....