Many of you know that I’m a mountain girl at heart. If I have to choose a vacation at the beach or the mountains, it’s the mountains every time. So I was one happy camper, actually happy vacationer last weekend when I attended a conference with my daughter. It was held at the village in Squaw Valley. I know, hard to take, right?
We had a one bedroom suite that overlooked the village. Starbucks was just steps away, and at night the fire pits were alight with flame. This is our view from the balcony!
I didn’t get pictures of the room because we brought along 4 teenagers and they got to the room first. You know what that means…their backpacks & belongings were strewn everywhere before I could get organized to snap any pics. I did however, snap a couple of pictures with these two while we strolled around the village one evening.
Years ago my daughter managed a store here in the village, and oddly enough, the conference welcome reception as well as some of the workshops were held in the space that housed that store. It was very strange to see it transformed.
The highlight for me however, was just being in the mountains, among the pine trees and pure gentle streams.
The ski runs look so different covered in grass instead of snow.
And speaking of snow, they are still skiing up top. Can you imagine? Ski for awhile, then head to the pool? Not bad! There are only a couple ways to get up there in the summer though – either hike or hop aboard the tram, which is not for the faint of heart. I’m afraid of heights, so it was all I could do to stand in the middle of the car and close my eyes – hence no awesome pictures from the journey up or down.
It was a working vacation for my daughter, but for me, having retired 5 years ago, it was more relaxing. It did feel odd while attending the sessions, to know that even though they were important and informative, I felt no obligation to take copious notes or relate the information to my classroom.
What a wonderful weekend, spending time with my oldest and her kids. For me, it was a perfect getaway.
Until next time…