Spending the End of Summer in Lake Tahoe at Camp Crowther

Adrienne and John invited us again to their home in Tahoe Donner this past weekend. The kids are always so excited to spend time with Sam and Paige. Despite not having a set agenda, Camp Crowther is always full of adventure. On Saturday morning, we went to Lake Tahoe to “hike” up Eagle Rock, which is more Lucas’s speed. It was breathtakingly beautiful up there.

We tried to have lunch at Sunnyside, but it was busy, so we went to River Ranch Lodge, which is where we ended our rafting trip last year. The kids enjoyed spending time near the river’s edge, which was markedly lower than last year. They were trying to catch the largest crawfish I’ve ever seen.

After a much needed nap (for the adults), we headed down to Donner Lake for a sunset barbeque. There was more “fishing” among the boulders, followed by dinner and smores. The kids do not tire of these activities.

On Sunday morning, we drove around the lake to Sand Harbor on the Nevada side. We picked what we thought was an awesome spot and the kids played in and around the water, which was a “refreshingly” cool temperature. The adults and Lucas scouted an even better spot in the next cove and we relocated there after lunch.

Between the scenery, terrain and natural beauty, we continue to find new idyllic spots in and around Lake Tahoe. When it was time to go, we all loaded up, except John, who chose to bike the 30 miles back home. It took us about 9 miles to catch up with him the first time and then he passed us while we were in traffic in Kings Beach. We passed him a second time heading up the hill on 267. By the time we were cleaned, packed and ready to head home, John got back. These hills are no joke and he is a machine.

We stopped for dinner as usual at Il Fornaio in Sacramento and were home at a decent hour. Thanks to the Crowther family again for their gracious hospitality. It was the perfect weekend to end the summer before the kids all go back to school.

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