. There were some great looking cabins that had hot tubs but we where only there for the night so a B&B was fine. We found a reasonable little place, nothing fancy but more than adequate. We dumped our stuff off and headed straight out to the Casino's which Tahoe has plenty, not on the same scale as Vegas but a similar set up in side plus you still get free drink whilst you gamble. Carla and I hit the Roulette table which we had started to grow rather fond of after Vegas whilst Josh hit the black Jack tables. After a few hours gambling we were getting hungry and our pockets were felling surprisingly lighter. On the way in to Tahoe I spotted a curry house so we thought we would give it a whirl. Feeling full, we called it a night as we wanted to have a full days skiing the following day. Next morning Josh and I loaded up the car and left Carla tucked up in bed as Carla doesn't do skiing! (refer to the Bariloche entry **)
It was a crisp beautiful morning as we drove passed the giant lake; we stopped briefly to take some photos and take it all in. The lake with its mountainous back drop was truly breathtaking. We arrived at the slopes in good time had a coffee fix then kitted up ready for the slopes. It was a week day so the slopes we're relatively quiet, which was great as we some runs totally to ourselves. The runs were great, really well groomed and maintained, I was really starting to rate Tahoe. After a couple of hours I was starting to really enjoy myself, I hadn't fallen once and was keeping up with Josh who is a wicked border
. On the way up to one run I was asked if I could take a little girl up on a lift whilst her brother went up with their instructor. On the way up we got chatting and she asked me if I knew the queen which made me laugh, "Of course" I replied "we often go paint balling on the weekends!" In the afternoon Josh and I hit the board park where I landed my first jumps, spectacular fun. At one stage I had to stop myself saying "awesome", being in the U.S was starting to rub off on me. It was definitely my best days skiing yet and left me craving more but like all good things they need them to come to an end. We were packed up and on the road by 4pm driving through the beautiful tree lined roads on the way back to San Francisco. We made good time and were back just after dark and in time to hit a night out on the town. We hooked up with everybody in the basement bar at Josh's friend's house for a few shots after which we headed out to a popular bar in town. The place was so packed you could hardly move, probably due to the fact they were selling Corona for dollar a bottle. After the bar we all went back to Josh's friends and finished the night off with a few games of beer pong. The game consists of two teams either end of a table tennis table with a triangle of beer cups position just in front of each team. The cups are then each filled with around 1/3 of a pint of beer and a solitary cup filed with water is kept to rinse the ping pong ball. The object of the game is to get your ball in to the opposition's cup and eliminate all their cups. If your shot is on target your opponent has to drink the contents of the cup and then remove it from the triangle. There are a few other rules but I won't bore you with them as I'm sure you get the jist. The following day was unfortunately our last and was spent looking round the shops before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Hong Kong.
We got up relatively early; packed all the gear we needed for the slopes and hit the high way. It was a really cool journey up to Tahoe which is about a four hour drive. It took us slightly longer as we stopped off in the famous university town of Berkeley which was quite cool. We stopped there for lunch and had a little look around. The place was rammed with loads of students and hippy's especially the Harry Krishna kind banging on their bongos and jingling their bells, singing really inspiring stuff like "Harry, Harry....Harry, Harry Krishna"."You really touched me brother, where do I sign!" After taking in all the wacky sights of Berkeley we got back in the car and continued north to Tahoe. The scenery on the drive up there was spectacular especially as we got closer to the mountains, driving through forests with great red wood trees and sweeping views. What we didn't realise as Josh pointed out was that all this area was once Gold rush country which was pretty cool. We arrived just before dark and drove around sounding out potential places to stay