Saturday, August 09, 2014

2014 Lake Almanor Day 1

2014 Lake Almanor Day 1 - traditional first night dinnerEvery year since 1988, I have done a week with a group of the families on a lake. From 1988 to 2009, we stayed at the Dorado Inn on Lake Almanor. When the Dorado Inn changed owners for the third time, we shifted to the Tsasdi Resort on Lake Shasta. We came back to Lake Almanor again in 2012. For the last three years, I have rented a house with Hunter, while some of the group has stayed at the Dorado Inn. This year, we were renting the Chavez house again. This is about 1/4 mile north of the Dorado Inn.

The group is slightly different this year. It includes the Tomasins (John, Julie, Mike and Chris) and the Hunters (Bobby and Yuli) plus a herd of Chabriers (Greg, Kay, Meredith, Meredith's husband, Matthew, Greg's two younger daughters and Kay's daughter). The Snipes dropped out this year.

After working out in the morning and doing some shopping, Jack and I rolled from Carmichael at 1:30 pm. Sharon is planning on coming up on Sunday. For the first time, we are bringing a dog on the trip. After two short stops, we rolled up to the Dorado Inn via Chico and Highway 36 about 4:45 pm. The Tomasins were already there and unloading.

We visited for a bit and then headed to Chabrier's house. The house that Hunter and I are renting is not available until Sunday. As a result, Jack and I will be crashing there on Saturday night.

The group eventually got organized and headed to Buffalo Chips in Westwood for the traditional first night dinner. I was surprised how crowded the place was. I wonder if we usually get there later and miss the crowd.

After dinner, Tomasin, Julie and I stopped for a nightcap at Chuck's Railroad Room [it may have changed names?]. I finished the night on the deck of Chabrier's house before crashing on the couch. Jack slept on a mat on the floor.

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