For our last full day in Cali, K planned a great outing on the Truckee River.
It's barely a Class 1 rapid. I thought it'd be a pretty basic float down the river, but it proved to be quite exciting and full of adventure. GH had already taken off, so the whole WS100 gang went rafting while Herbie played Crew Chief holding a table for us at the other end. He was also on call in case any of our rafters wanted to bail.
At the first sand bank we found, every one got out to stretch our legs.
Not sure why this happened, but it did.
I was worried if we could keep the baby occupied, but as long as she could feed her Cheez-its to the flock of geese and ducks following us, she was content!
Momma and I love some sun so we'd strip down, then a cloud would come and the jackets went right back on.
EJ brought some "sodas" along and manufactured a cooler system.
It was not tested very well. One can got away. He was able to wrangle it back. First crisis adverted. Later while attempting to maneuver around a rock, we almost lost AJ. Second crisis averted. But we did lose her paddle. Crisis three occurred. EJ wanted to be the night in shining armor for the Mrs. and asked me not to grab the paddle as it floated near us. He said "I got this." I didn't know that "got this" actually meant doing a backward somersault off the side of the boat while we bounced off a different rock. This water was not the warmest and his face was priceless when he surfaced still with hat and shades in place. Crisis four occurred.
Now we were stuck on a rock. I hopped in to help get us unstuck. While I'm jumping back in the boat, I lose a flip flop. Crisis five averted as we paddled to catch the shoe. As we are focused forward, my nieces go "Is that your beer floating?" The plastic bag got shredded when we were stuck and now all the cans were randomly floating down the river. I assured EJ "I got this." He should stay in the boat. Crisis six averted.
A little wet for the rest of the ride, but certainly refreshed!
At some point we lost and retrieved another paddle. Crisis seven averted kinda. Part of the paddle broke off. Whoops. It was a great trip that had us all laughing. My nieces treated us to a re-enactment of the adventure later that night back at the house mainly focusing on EJ graceful gymnastics solo and the floating beer. No clue where they got the idea to do that?!
Dad, Mom, and I took a drive up the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe later that day. Mom thought we should gamble just because we could. We went in one place and it was dead. Like 4 people in there with 10 workers. So we tried across the street. Crystal Bay was equally dead. Guess no one gambles on a Monday at dinner time! I found the $1 Wheel of Fortune machines for us. Mom looks at Dad for cash. He hands her a $20. She says that's too much. Just a $5. She picks 1 of the 2 WofF machines. I sit down at the other with a $10. After about 52 seconds and 7 pulls of the handle, I scored the W of F logo and was treated to a spin of the big wheel! Beep Boop Beep Boop, SPIN! It landed on $100. I hit the cash out button as my Mom tried to pick her jaw up off the floor. She was in disbelief. Thanks Crystal Bay see ya again never!
Proof of my now $4 investment...
The money was well spent last week on 2 pairs of heels from Nordstrom!
Had to take one water shot with Lake Tahoe in the background.
And it seems we may own property around the beautiful lake!
Another great family affair for the books!