MLK 2017

For the past 4 years, the long weekend commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. has seen me visit the snow in Tahoe. Each year a different resort, but each year, a memorable time. 

This year was particularly special, getting to stay in a friend's lovely home, right in the village in Northstar. It's something else when you get ski right off the lift to grab lunch or a beer, in the comfort of a living room and head right back to the mountain to finish off the afternoon skiing. 

With the weekend still only being one extra day longer, we wanted to try something a little bit different than your average ski weekend. 1 day at the resort, and this year, 1 day out on snowshoes. Mel, her sisters, Amanda and Steph, and I, rented snowshoes from The Backcountry in Truckee, and headed over toward Donner Lake. The trail was recommended by the associate at the shop and we were very thankful for her recommendation. The trail had plenty of people on it so just in case something went wrong, we weren't far from getting help. 

All along the bank of Donner Lake, the trees across the calm water were reflected perfectly along the shore. I love to shoot reflections, so I got a little sidetracked taking pictures while the girls continued along the trail. 

Our legs were starting to get tired after a couple miles filled with rolling in the snow and building a snowman. Steph kept us on track after we veered a little too far off the right path, and kept us online to get back to the parking lot. That night we ended the long weekend with dinner and a beer at Fifty Fifty Brewing, card games and sledding behind the condo, and a quick dip in the hot tub. We were all tired from the two days so we went to bed early and left Tahoe before the traffic piled up. Another MLK weekend was spent well in the snow.