South Lake Tahoe was a family stop. We don’t have any family living there anymore that we wanted to see, but we did have family that lived there for several years but we never got to see in their element.
Lake Tahoe should be a destination for anyone anyway, but the reason we went was to see the Zephyr Point Conference Center where Uncle Dorman and Aunt Janet were directors for almost 20 years. When I arrived at the camp, I was greeted by the most wonderful, smiling woman. She asked if she could help me, so I told her who I was. She was new to the camp and didn’t know my aunt and uncle, but she was instantly excited to welcome me in. She and the cabin reservation director got me keys to a couple of cabins so I could see them. The amenities in the cabins are one thing. The view from them is another. Lake Tahoe, even on a cloudy day, sparkles several different colors of blue and turquoise.
I walked back to the front office to chat with the current director. He spoke very highly of my aunt and uncle and told about all they did to make the camp a success, even mentioning that a lot of people that come back miss them, their bubbly personalities, Dorman’s laugh, and the talent Janet had playing the piano.
What I would consider to be the best part of the camp doesn’t exist yet, but it’s in the works. Building codes in Lake Tahoe are extremely difficult to pass. Some of cabins that were built several years ago even had to build around rocks, leaving a space jutting up into the cabins where a rock was built around. The camp is currently working on building codes so they can start the construction of the Leader Look-out, both in honor of all my aunt and uncle did for the camp over their 20 years as directors, and also in memory of Uncle Dorman. Climbing to the top of the rock pile where the old water tower used to be, (and where the Leader look-out will eventually be built), I couldn’t help but be amazed at what this place offers people. The Zephyr Point Conference Center gives people a chance to relax and re-connect, all in the presence of kind people, which is evident by everyone that I encountered while I walked around. The Leader Look-out will be another wonderful aspect of the camp where people can go for great views and to be alone in their thoughts.
The dock that looks over Lake Tahoe instantly turned into another favorite spot of mine (of course, who wouldn’t love it?). Even during a busy season for the camp (they’d had a family reunion, quilting conference, and several single families that nearly filled their cabins and conference centers on this particular day), the dock was quiet and the lake was calm. It was a great place to sit for a while and take everything in.
I’m proud to come from a family of gentle, kind-hearted people. Being on the road makes us appreciate their love and support even more. For all our family that keeps up with us in our journal of travels– Thank you for your support in this journey we are on and for the excitement you have shared with us. We are truly grateful to have loving families all over the US (and lots that we are thankful to see during our travels!)
More adventures tomorrow…