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Baby it’s cold outside

View of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island
I have to admit feeling a bit spoiled earlier this week as the temperatures reached a balmy 62 degrees. Almost warm enough to sunbath (another joke amongst friends). Of course it didn’t last and it was just a distant reminder of warmer months that passed as another winter storm ripped through the “Biggest little city in the world” (Reno, NV) yesterday. While the Sierra Nevada’s added to their snow pack, little Elf’s were rushing around in the valley to conduct their Christmas shopping. Unfortunately they had little time and patience to take precautions in regards to the deteriorating road conditions which caused numerous accidents. By the time I left work late last night my car was spotted in appearance with frozen water droplets that reminded me of a leopard. The drops stood out, raised and white in color against the charcoal gray paint as I stood in front of my temporary disguised vehicle. It looked pretty but I knew it was a sign of dangerous driving conditions ahead. It had snowed, then rain mixed with snow and the parking lot was reflecting the streets lights in a shimmering, slippery sheet of ice. The temperatures plummeted to a freezing 16 degrees, much different than the other day, but luckily the freeway was mostly clear and I made it home safe. Not much has changed this morning and it’s only 19 degrees outside, but the sun is shining which makes all the difference. I pulled the curtains way back to allow the Rays to penetrate deep inside the house and cast golden glows onto everything within their reach. Magic….and as a warrior of the light I’m taking time to notice and reflect in a moment of silence. It may be cold outside but it looks perfectly peaceful and calm. Many would think it’s not good weather to be outside, but as long as there is no icy wind whipping me in the face, (it always gives me a headache), I know I would bundle up and you’ll find me outside. But I’m off to work later on today and I will have to postpone this adventure for another time. There is something magical playing in the snow and you may even work up a sweat if you are snowshoeing. A great workout in itself, beautiful and peaceful. 

Today, I remember this beautiful spot just over the mountain range of where I live. Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. I came across an article this morning in which was mentioned that Lake Tahoe has returned to its natural rim / fill capacity. Recent storms in the Sierra have added 8,690,131,707 gallons of water to the lake in just two days. It’s hard to wrap your brain around how much water has fallen from the sky. Buckets and buckets full of it, spreading across the land, restoring lake and reservoir levels to its natural beauty, while burying the landscape under a deep snow pack that will feed lakes, rivers and waterfalls for months to come.

“The lake” as I call it for short, remains a busy tourist spot that can get crowded during the summer months, but gains more tranquility and peace for me during the winter when vacations slow down. The road around Emerald Bay is closed from time to time, storm permitting. It’s a great time to snow shoe and marvel in it’s beauty for however long you want, without ever having to take your eyes of the road as you pass through in the car. The contrast of the snow and one of the bluest blue waters that I have seen, is truly something to behold. We always say that it never gets old, no matter how many times you have visited “The Lake”. It holds a different kind of beauty during all seasons and new things beckon to be discovered. More times than none I find myself in awe of the beauty laid out in front of me. Pausing at a spot that inspires, I gaze upon it in silence, scanning every little detail of magic. I lose track of time and when I finally return from my magic escape, it is usually with a deep sigh of appreciation and gratitude that seals this very moment. I smile and know that a lasting memory was just created. 



I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

11 thoughts on “Baby it’s cold outside

  1. Beautiful scenery. I fondly remember my first visit to Lake Tahoe in the sweet age of 19, a millennium ago. I was traveling all by myself, coming from Sacramento to visit Lake Tahoe and, most important, the Ponderosa Ranch at its North Shore (I think), setting to the TV series I loved to watch as a child, Bonanza, with my heroes Ben Carthwright (Lorne Greene) and his sons Hoss, Adam and Little Joe. After visiting the Ponderosa I continued over a pass to Reno, and to this day I remember vividly it snowed on the pass in mid-August. I’ve returned to Tahoe a few more times but haven’t been there in ages. Thanks for sharing this and bringing back these distant memories. Have a great Saturday my friend!

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    1. It’s a beautiful drive from Sacramento and I always enjoyed the mountains appearing and the scenery changing. I have been to the Ponderosa Ranch as well and watched Bonanza as a child. It is closed now and no longer open to the public.
      Sounds like you drove over Mount Rose into Reno and yes at that elevation it can snow all kinds of times. Glad you enjoyed the area and have fond memories. 😉 have a great weekend my friend.

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  2. Serene beauty 🙂 I love it and can relate to the changing temps . This Tennessee weather. Last night at 11 pm I was standing on the porch shirtless , trying to capture the moon peaking in and out of storm clouds. When I left for work at 5am there was icy slush on my windshield. And it hasn’t gotten above freezing all day . Haha. It may be cold out but your post has me feeling all warm and fuzzy haha

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  3. So pretty. My wife really wants to see Lake Tahoe so I’m sure we will be there someday. You mentioned snowshoeing. That’s something I really want to try this winter. I want to make sure that I can keep up my outside time over the winter.

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    1. Snowshoeing is a workout I’ll tell you but can be so beautiful and peaceful. I can’t wait to hear you try it and find out what you think about it.
      Well you should bring your wife here and if you do you better let me know as I would love to meet you both xoxoxoxo

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