Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Heavenly !

Posted by Hippobean at 8:23 PM
The air at 6258 ft was cool, crisp and pure. The Norwegian called it ‘Mountain Air’. It’s good for the soul. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been to South Lake Tahoe. The view of the clear blue lake on the way up on the brand new gondola from the village was as spectacular and breathtaking as I’ve remembered it. We were lucky. The Weather was fine, sky blue with just enough white cumuli to give it some texture, the temperature bearable. Heavenly !

The new attraction was the new gondola right at the new Marriott’s Club complex, that took you up to the Nevada side. Shops, restaurants, an ice rink, a cinema. This was done after the European ski resorts, where the skiers could just walk out of their Inns, with their skis and boots and hop on the lifts to the mountain. Gone were the days when one needed to haul the ski equipment into the car and drive to the resort, park in the over crowded parking lot, and then carry the heavy skis to the lifts. Heavenly Village indeed!

We stayed at the Embassy Suites, right on the State line, next to the casinos and the new gondola. If you don’t mind paying a bit more (eh, a lot more), the suites are nice, service excellent, location super, with complementary breakfast buffet and Hour Happy. Really heavenly!

It was good for the Hippo to get away from the routine, cement, traffic, hectic schedule of school, and internship work, cold house, and be back on the mountains where she belonged. I felt refreshed. Heavenly to the max!

We are going back soon, very soon !!

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