a visit to truckee, donner pass, and tahoe rim trail

last friday, we headed north to visit truckee and donner pass.01

donner pass is famous for … in 1846 the donner party followed the truckee route to the california trail to attempt a crossing of donner pass. arriving in late october, heavy snows had already begun creating harsh conditions for their journey. the party was said to have resorted to cannibalism to survive the winter. 47 of the 87 men, women and children perished.
interesting and scary!

on a light note … they did have a beautiful view!
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that dark line along the mountainside is the abandoned railroad. chinese laborers constructed the tunnel with picks and black powder for central pacific railroad in the 1860s as part of the country’s first transcontinental railroad. now there’s a a bunch of cool graffiti in the tunnel, but we didn’t get out to look22

once we got back down from the pass, we headed into to truckee. we passed by this Ace, but both of us said, “i bet that’s a really cool store.” so we u-turned it and headed back. and yes, indeed it was cool. there was so much stuff inside that i became slightly overwhelmed. stuff everywhere! dog stuff, plumbing, electrical, fishing, hiking, clothes, candles, paint … anything you could think of! it was great. we rambled around for about an hour before heading to downtown truckee06

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got to pay to park. but with this cute sign, no problem!11

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the guys got to walk around with us. nice mountain air for all of us12

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who wants to sit in the ski chair? all of us!38

fresh fudge and apples. they smelled sooooo good
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we wanted to grab lunch at the fifty fifty brewery, but we were starving and decided to try breakfast at the wagon train coffee shop42

polite boys relaxed while we ate13

a huge fresh blueberry pastry14

we split pancakes, eggs, and hash browns. it was quite tasty. plates were completely cleaned18

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decided to check out the other side of the tracks44

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they like a bench. it’s more comfortable on their bootie than the hard cold concrete floor23

and speaking of tracks, amtrak stops right in the middle of town. taking a train thru the wilderness is still on my to do list27

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now off to find a hike to use up all those pancake and pastry calories! we got lucky, found a join spot for the tahoe rim trail right off the highway home. only hike for about 5 miles, but it’s 2.5m down then 2.5 back up. got to love the hills!46

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the pine cones here are huge. and heavy49

but i thought i should try to wear one on my head. don’t ask. i don’t know why50

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i look like i’m flexing. the guys are so embarrassed they won’t even look my way52

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i did it! and i managed to walk a few feet with it on my head. totally freaked out scout though54

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my makeshift walking sticks. i didn’t realize that i have a goggle tan until i saw this photo. yikes!58

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