My wife and I decided one day (Saturday) of better than 110 degree heat was enough. We took the bull by the horns and planned a getaway. Mountains are cooler than valleys, right?
We pointed our car toward Squaw Valley and took off. It was 9:12 when we backed out of the driveway. The temp was already 91 at our house. As we wound our way up, up, up the temps slowly dropped, one grudging degree at a time. It was as if Mother Nature was determined to keep the heat on. And She was.
When we got to Squaw Valley, we planned to ride the gondola to a higher elevation. The temp there was 86 degrees. We weighed the value of a few degrees of additional cooling and determined that the price of the tram ride wasn’t worth it, even with the half price coupon we had.
We did find cooler temps. At the edge of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City the temps were in the 70’s. As long as we stayed within eyesight of the lake the temps cooperated. A lovely lunch, a relaxing stroll along the shore. A great way to press the reset button on our minds and our internal cooling mechanisms.
We decided to try to stretch our good fortune, maybe drive from Tahoe City around the lake, grab Highway 50 and head back home that way. We were no further than Incline Village before the temps caught us again. By the time we were headed down highway 50 the thermometer had climbed back into the 90’s.
When we got home around 7:30 (we stopped for a little shopping along the way) the temps at home was 110. Still.
All in all, it was a wonderful day away with my best friend. Mother Nature can pour the heat on. I know a couple other locations to get away next weekend.