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Winter Roadtrip
January 10, 2017

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Two weeks ago, I went on a road trip with my boyfriend for a week. We drove up to South Lake Tahoe for a few days then camped for a night at Yosemite. It has been over a year and a half since we went on a road trip and it felt great to be on vacation again!

South Lake Tahoe

We arrived at South Lake Tahoe at 9 am Monday morning after an 8-hour drive. We were lucky because the snow storm just passed and we got to feel the freshly brewed snow ❄️. This was my first time seeing snow. I kind of dig it.

  • Day 1: We explored some local destinations.
  • Day 2: Snowboarding 🏂.
  • Day 3: Circled Lake Tahoe.
Local Exploring

We stopped by a few places throughout South Lake Tahoe for sight-seeing purposes. We tried going to the lake except we found out that the residents own lots with direct access to the lake (so don’t trespass). One neat place to get limited access is at the Beacon Bar and Grill. Grab a meal and enjoy the view! The view of the lake was pretty amazing upfront.

Afterward, we tried visiting the Fallen Leaf Lake but it was closed for the season. We managed to get drive through the backroad that required snow chains. My boyfriend had a blast driving through the back road even though I was worried that our car rental would get stuck or slip or hit another car. Good thing we didn’t!

Speaking of car rentals, I’m glad I didn’t take my RC up to Lake Tahoe because the ice/snow likes to build itself underneath the car. I’m still in that honeymoon phase…

Local Exploring
Local Exploring
Local Exploring
Local Exploring

Snowboarding

We spent our second day attempting to snowboard. We rented a couple of snowboards from a local shop for a day and bought a couple of half-day lift tickets at Heavenly Mountain Resort. It’s safe to say that I had a hard time going down the easiest slope and fell plenty of times. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the experience and would actually go for a legit lesson next time.

Pro Tip: Invest and buy some proper snow pants + jacket. It’ll keep you warm and dry!

Snowboarding

Circling the Lake

We spent the third day driving around the lake. It was a 70-mile drive with some neat stops along the way. One of our stops was Vikingsholm, known for its Scandinavian architecture and design. Even though it was closed for the season, we still went for a ~2-mile hike down the hill and built a snowman (or snow dog to be precise).

During the rest of the drive, we saw some pretty neat stuff. The houses along the lake look amazing even though I had a hard time thinking where the majority of its residents work at. Oh, we also got to cross the border to Nevada along the way!

We had sushi for dinner at Incline Village (North Lake Tahoe). The last time I was there was over 6.5 years ago with band 😝.

Circling the Lake
Circling the Lake
Circling the Lake
Circling the Lake

Eateries

This is probably the fun part… Food~ 🍝 🍜 🍲 🍥 🍣 🍱 🍛

  • Sprouts Cafe – This was our first meal when we arrived at South Lake Tahoe. This cafe focuses on the healthier side of food and everything here is delicious! I ordered a tuna melt, my boyfriend ordered a tuna burrito, and we shared an ugly gooey excellent nachos. If only there’s a place like this in LA! Ok, maybe there is…
  • Orchid’s Authentic Thai Cuisine – We ordered takeout from this restaurant. It took more than 30 minutes for the food to come out because the restaurant was that busy. The pad see ew was pretty good considering the wait (or maybe I was that hungry).
  • The Red Hut Cafe – South Lake Tahoe is full of cafes! Red Hut is one of the popular ones and it was worth the wait. My boyfriend and I ordered the classic American breakfast. Hello, French toast, hash brown, eggs, and bacon!
  • Base Camp Pizza Co. – After snowboarding, we went downstairs of the resort and ordered some veggie pizza + wings + drinks. We waited an hour for a table this time around. The pizza was delicious and crunchy in the right way 👌.
  • The Getaway Cafe – We went to another diner for breakfast. This time, we ordered some mimosas. I never had a mimosa before and what a way to have alcohol in the morning. We pretty much ordered the same thing. I love my eggs sunny side up…
  • Koi Sushi – When we reached the north part of Lake Tahoe, we decided to have some sushi up there. We ordered some rolls, handroll, and a set of nigiri. One of the rolls had lemon slices inside. It was an interesting taste but it’s not something I’m a big fan of.

Eateries
Eateries
Eateries
Eateries
Eateries

Yosemite

On the fourth day, we ventured out to Yosemite National Park. My boyfriend wanted to do some actual camping and it was probably the worst idea this city girl agreed to. Despite not being one with nature, I still appreciate what nature offers: beautiful scenery, serenity, and a bit of history. This was an interesting experience that I wouldn’t do again. Even then, it’s still not enough to ruin the whole vacation.

Fun fact: Yosemite used to be filled with ice during the ice age.

Yosemite
Yosemite
Yosemite
Yosemite

23 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ January 11, 2017 at 4:24 am

    BEAUTIFUL TRIP PHOTOS. Holy cow, Nancy! I am impressed with how these photos came out! The scenery, especially in Yosemite, looks stunning and they all took my breath away. Your food photos, too, are making me hungry! Were these all taken on your fancy camera? Man, makes me want to invest in one now XD

    Woot for seeing snow! I can’t believe this is your first time, but I have to remember LA is not a snowy place . . . XD Love how you made a snow dog! That’s adorable. Snowboarding isn’t something I’d be brave enough to do, but if they offered sledding, I’d totally do that XD And yes on investing in good ski/snowpants for these kind of adventures 🙂

    I am not into camping either, but I would still like to see Yosemite! I’m glad you were able to appreciate and see the beauty of this place. I know I’ll always be a city girl, but places like Yosemite is a nice place to see and experience every once in a while 😀

    Thanks for sharing your trip, Nancy! I enjoyed seeing what you went through!

  2. Meaghan ☆ January 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I am legit jealous of everyone who can snowboard. I tried it once, and kept falling straight on my butt lol. It wasn’t a pretty sight. D:

    I love the photos you took! So pretty omg.
    And the food pictures especially! Those are my favorite, you’re always looking like you’re eating good. 😀

    Glad you had fun on your trip in the snow!

  3. Georgie ☆ January 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I love your sexy ass plaid coat! 😄 It looks super warm too. It looks like you had an awesome time with both the snow and some delicious food. The views are amazing – I love mountain views, and in Australia we don’t really get much of that… at all… 😆

    I am not sure if most cars in the US are built to drive on snow… but I didn’t at all think yours would be suited for epic snow, so good thing you didn’t take it. 😎

    We don’t get snow in Australia, except for in certain regions, and it’s not really “natural”. The last time I “went to the snow”, as we say, was about nine years ago if you don’t include the time I went to Japan. We got to hire ski gear, and it was a smart idea because normal pants and jackets don’t keep you dry and it’s surprising how wet your butt gets if you sit. Hahaha.

    I have never snowboarded but I have gone skiing. It was fun and pretty easy to pick up. I’d love to give snowboarding a try one day though.

    The sushi roll looks super yummy. Ughs and I can’t wait to visit the US one day (again) because I think there is a LOT of beautiful nature in your country 🙃🙃

  4. Sydney ☆ January 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    These photos are incredible!

    I haven’t been to Lake Tahoe in aaaaages (maybe 7 or 8 years?), but I miss the gorgeous scenery. I went during the summertime so pretty much everything was open, but it’s clearly just as beautiful no matter the season.

    Yosemite is the same! I agree with you on the camping thing. 😩 My mom loves to camp but I am so not one with nature. I don’t mind visiting for a day, but spending the night is not something I’m all that interested in. Props to you, though, from one city girl to another!

  5. Elisa ☆ January 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    can i just type “ohmygod” and go?

    because that’s the only thing i can say right now. i have a penchant for road trip (but NOT without family because jeebuz, the definition of road trip for me is a fun, temporary escape and doing it with the parents or family is just not the idea for me. doing it with best friend(s) or ONLY with the boyfriend IS the road trip that i want to have)

    you’re so lucky and everything is beautiful and the food, ohmygod the food! i hope one day i can go on a road trip with my boyfriend – just with my boyfriend. i said one day because we can’t do that now since budget is problem and we’re still unemployed fellows lmao
    i desperately need a temporary escape like this for a few days (OR WEEKS, EVEN) with my boyfriend just to get away from all the family bullshit in my life 😛

    but yeah, if i were to have a list of things i’d love to do before i die, “road trip with the boyfriend” is probably gonna be in it.

  6. Rezina ☆ January 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    “This was an interesting experience that I wouldn’t do again.” LOL Camping is definitely interesting… I’ve only ever gone with my family and it wasn’t that enjoyable. Although I’ve heard that it’s a different experience going with friends.

    And that’s also great that you didn’t encounter any car troubles while driving in snow weather. Driving in icy conditions is the worst, especially if you don’t have snow chains or a 4 wheel drive. One time my family was driving along the road in icy conditions and the car literally spun around in a circle and I thought my life was flashing before my eyes, aha.

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I love all the pictures. The scenery looks amazing.

  7. Thao ☆ January 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Oh gosh, I have to hand it to you for doing all of these! I’ve never been to Lake Tahoe and I’ve never gone camping. Both of these places are relatively close to me (2-3 hours rather than your 8 hour drive). I’ve always been too scared to do it without an expert since my fear is to freeze and die in the woods…And the whole thing about driving in snow and dealing with snow chains make me nervous. HOWEVER! I still want to try and I should just do it.

    Your pictures are phenomenal! I love that last picture and how you got the waterfall on the side. It was bare when I went in the fall for my race.

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      I didn’t notice the waterfall on the side until I reviewed the pictures XD. Fun treasures!

      Oh man, putting on snow chains is such a hassle! It’s always good to try to have the knowledge :3.

  8. Kimmy ☆ January 13, 2017 at 7:26 am

    How cool! I love all the pictures you took and the snow looked so beautiful. I’ve never actually seen that much snow before. It snowed once in Texas but not enough to build a snowdog.

    I too wouldn’t want to camp outside, I can appreciate nature, but I’m a huge fan of beds and indoor plumbing. But I’m glad you were able to do it once for the experience and not let it ruin any part of the adventure.
    I hope to take a lot of trips this year with my boyfriend. We have a weekend trip to a neighboring city coming up and it’s our first overnight trip together so I’m excited. 😀

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one who would want to avoid camping XD. Hope you’ll take some lovely trips with your boyfriend ♥

  9. Cassidy ☆ January 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I love the photos! It looks like you had a great time. And I’m glad you got to try some new things.

    I have always wanted to go Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Hopefully that will be one of the many things I’ll do in my 20s.

    I’m sorry you had a bad experience with camping. I would hate doing it in the middle of winter. I do it all the time with my family in the summer.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Definitely take a trip out to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite some day! What’s awesome about Lake Tahoe is that it is a place where you can appreciate what it has to offer all year long :)… I suppose I can say the same about Yosemite too as long as you don’t go camping out there XD

  10. Amy ☆ January 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Nancy, you are always eating at so many nice places and I want you to know just how jealous it makes me! I don’t think I’ve ever read a post of yours that didn’t involve food. Can you bring me some of that pizza, please?!

    Glad you had a great time on your road trip. I imagine I would really struggle with snowboarding too, because I have no balance. I had to walk so slowly just to stay standing in the tiny bit of snow we had today. I’d definitely embarrass myself!

    Those photos are all beautiful btw, and I can definitely imagine Yosemite National Park in the ice age. Those mountains though!

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      *Sends Amy some delicious pizza*
      I’m sure I totally embarrassed myself big time up in the ski resort XD. Oh well, I’m sure those people don’t know *who* I am XD.

  11. Pauline ☆ January 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hahaha I laughed at, “My boyfriend wanted to do some actual camping and it was probably the worst idea this city girl agreed to. Despite not being one with nature, I still appreciate what nature offers: beautiful scenery, serenity, and a bit of history. This was an interesting experience that I wouldn’t do again.” I don’t really consider myself a city girl, more of a mix of both? But I do prefer the city a lot more. 😛 I’ve never been camping before but the thought of it makes me feel a little uncomfortable idk. I do however like the sound of a warm 5 star hotel with a bathtub xD

    The photos you took are GORGEOUS. Honestly they all look like wallpapers on my macbook 😛 I was talking to a friend about Yosemite the other day because he had gone over the summer last year and his photos were the same. Mind blowing. He had told me some facts about it too but not that it was covered with ice during the ice age! I’ll be sure to impress him with that fact 😉 #ilearnthingsfromblogs

    Really digging that coat! AND I STILL CAN’T GET OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL YOUR HAIR LOOKS, a really “transformed” “grown-up” “#goals” nancy. 😛 Love it!

    Was it your first time seeing snow? Thats awesome! I remember seeing snow for the first time, loving it and then trying to put it in my mouth to see what would happen. LOL. I was a kid back then though! xD

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      I never thought about tasting snow! I would assume it’s like eating shaved ice :P.
      One of the Mac OS’ is based out of Yosemite. I totally fan girl’d when I saw the stock background pictures that comes with the OS XD. Hope you’ll impress your friend ;). Meanwhile, I’m here wanting to let my hair grow back. X’D ♥

  12. Becca ☆ January 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I’ve been looking forward to a post about your trip! I’ve been seeing some glimpses of your trip from Instagram! I’ve always wanted to go to Yosemite but haven’t gotten the chance yet since it’s so far away, but it’s definitely on my list of places I want to visit!

    Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking! The photos of the lake with the mountains in the background – ahhh they have me swooning. This reminds me a bit of my trip to Colorado and makes me want to go back!

    Camping during winter sounds absolutely awful to me, but I’m sure it’s one of those interesting experiences that are good to try once and then be done with it lol. I think I would be like you – I’m a city girl with no desire to really be “one with nature.” XD

    It looks like you two had an amazing trip!!

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Hehe, thanks Becca ♥. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s not keen on the idea of camping during wintertime!

  13. Kya ☆ January 15, 2017 at 5:02 am

    That sounds like such a great trip and the photos are so beautiful. Your post has really inspired me to want to travel and see some things around me. The natural beauty in many parks can be so lovely. 😀

    I have never liked camping haha.

    • nancy ☆ January 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Definitely travel and see what the world has to offer. It’ll bring you to new heights~

  14. Cat ☆ January 16, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I saw your posts on Instagram, and it looked so nice there! I love your photos of the lake. They’re so beautiful! What an amazing view! I especially love the second one under Circling the Lake.

    I’ve been skiing multiple times, but I’ve never tried snowboarding. It looks hard! My friends who snowboard say the easy slopes are actually harder to snowboard on? They seem to think starting on the slightly steeper ones are better, but I can’t say since I don’t know at all, haha. And yum, all the food looks good as usual!

    haha, I’m not the type for camping either. My brother and my parents went to Yosemite last year, and it looked so pretty there. I’d like to visit some time! This looks like a great trip!

  15. Chynna ☆ January 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Your pictures on instagram of your trip away looked like so much fun! I especially like the photo of you throwing a snowball. So cute 🙂

    The photos of South Lake Tahoe look amazing! Your photography skills are on point. I’ve never been snowboarding but would love to! Looks like a lot of fun. Ughhhh, I’m so hungry and the photos of food aren’t helping! Everything looks so good. The places you visited sound so good!

    I’ve never been camping – and probably never will if I can help it. Nevertheless, at least you had fun!

  16. Fiena ☆ January 17, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Glad that you enjoy your road trip. I have always love the beauty of snow and nature. But sad for me, Singapore doesn’t have seasons. Just all-year round hot and humid weather.

    But the food, like oh my god! I am salivating just by seeing them.

    (points to your trip photos)
    Did Mac pay you for those wonderfully taken photos? Hahaha.

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