Northstar and BMX biking

Trip Start Jul 17, 2014
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Trip End Aug 17, 2014


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Olly and Maija's holiday pad

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The grown ups woke up with slightly sore heads - I put it down to the altitude. After a relaxed breakfast, including Olly's famous strawberry smoothies, we headed out on the short drive to Northstar mountain. 

Northstar is one of Tahoe's several ski resorts. Tahoe is a genuine year-round outdoor playground. Its beauty beckons you out to enjoy its natural riches whether on skis, snowboard, bike, boat or car. Northstar becomes a mecca for  mountain bikers and hikers in the summer. We parked up and wandered around the resort at the foot of the mountain before getting a cable car up the hill. We took in the sights before strolling up to the Ritz Carlton, perched on the Northstar slopes, for some lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch on the mountain we had a vital job to do - picking up Olly's new truck from Reno. So Olly, Dylan and I set out for the drive over the mountains and down into Reno. As soon as we passed over the Nevada state line the casinos appeared, leading us on through to Reno. It was hot down in Reno, after the natural beauty of Tahoe, Reno didn't seem to have too much to offer apart form the casino resorts and a lot of car and truck sales. Olly jumped in his new truck, almost looking like a native now, and we headed back to Kings Beach.

The first outing for the new truck involved loading up with bikes and boys and driving out to the nearby Riverview Sports Park BMX track. It was the Walker boys first go at BMX riding. The first aid kit got put to good use! Maybe knee pads and elbow pads next time. It took a little while for the boys to get used to it, but they were both tearing around before long. After some great fun and a few scrapes in the afternoon sun we all headed back to Kings Beach. 
 
Olly and Maija introduced us to a California delicacy for dinner as the boys collapsed in front of a film. Tri-tip roasted on the barbecue. Tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin subprimal, apparently. Whatever it was it was very tasty indeed, especially accompanied by some suitably aerated red wine. I could get used to this.

  
 
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