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August 17, 2011

Senior Road Trip to Lake Tahoe Foursquare Travelogue

LakeTahoe_Road_Trip A bucket list item for my still very healthy and active parents, 85 and 88, was a senior road trip with the entire family to Lake Tahoe. Growing up we camped there many summers at Emerald Bay State Park and we all share so many fond memories of our fun family road trips and camping stories. We are all senior citizens now at 55+ so our camping days are over as a group so we stayed in a lovely timeshare condo called The Eagles Nest in South Lake Tahoe NV near Heavenly Valley.

I am the youngest of the four daughters, three of the four daughters were able to make the trip this year with my parents. I was deemed the "Tour Director" and did most of the coordination and planning of our routes, stops and hotels. Top on the list of preparations included a full service check-up on our vehicle and tires, a 2000 Toyota Avalon, prior to departure.

Thursday July 14th I drove to Palm Desert from the Los Angeles area to pick up my parents. Saturday July 16th we left Palm Desert and stopped to pick up my sis Carla half-way to Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Sis Linda and her family met us up there.

LakeTahoewithsnowcaps It took a whopping 48 hours to drive the mere 606 miles from Palm Desert CA to South Lake Tahoe NV, ( I thought we would never get there). Traveling with seniors has its challenges and many, (too many),  pit stops! Patience and preparation is required for #SeniorRoadTrip's!

For fun and as an experiment, I decided to document our #SeniorRoadTrip by checking in on Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook and share the entire travelogue including photo's with my friends, family, fans and followers. My 88 year old Dad 88  is addicted to Facebook by the way!

Here is the entire Foursquare travelogue and some pictorial highlights of my 2011 #SeniorRoadTrip, hope you enjoy!

Thursday July 14, 2011

10:51 PM 101 South from Newbury Park to Palm Desert CA
Driving to pick up my parents 85 and 88 to begin our #SeniorRoadTrip vacation!

Friday July 15, 2011

7:32 AM
Moajve_Road_Trip Leaving Sun City Palm Desert
"Leg One of my road trip to Lake Tahoe done LA to Palm Desert next stop is to Bakersfield for lunch!"

10:27 AM
76 / Circle K Grapevine
Gas Station or Garage ( Gas Price $389 for unleaded)
"Traveling with seniors on road trip has many more and more often pits stops LOL"

12:46 PM Grapevine
Vineyard
"Pitstop for lunch on my road trip to Lake Tahoe!"

3:37 PM Hillcrest Travel Plaza along Highway 5 North
Gas Station or Garage ( Gas price a whopping $4.17 for unleaded)
"Pitstop #3 on the way to Lake Tahoe slowly but surely on senior road trip ha!"

LosBanos_Road_Trip 5:19 PM Los Banos CA
Other Great Outdoors
"Pit and overnight rest stop #4 on my senior citizen road trip to Lake Tahoe!"

6:00 PM
Chili's Grill & Bar
American Restaurant
"Dinner in beautiful downtown Los Banos Having a Tomato and Classic Car Festival here this w/e"

6:55 PM
Food4less
"Picking up supplies for day two of my senior citizen road trip to Lake Tahoe"

7:04 AM
Economy Inn Los Banos
"This is a cut above most road trip overnight stay Motor Inn's I recommend it! ps Great coffee"

Saturday July 16, 2011 ( My birthday!)

Starbucks_Road_Trip 10:21 AM Brentwood CA
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
"Pitstop #5 picked up my sis Carla on the senior citizen road trip to Tahoe Starbucks fix!!"

12:59 PM Sacramento CA
Uptown Cafe
American Restaurant
"We. Are lost getting lunch and directions LOL"

1:18 PM
CVS/pharmacy
Drugstore or Pharmacy
"Pitstop for pharmacy refill on senior ciTizen road trip sis left meds in her car Arg!!!"

EaglesNest_RoadTrip 7:27 PM South Lake Tahoe NV
Eagles Nest Resort South Lake Tahoe
"The Meade Family #SeniorRoadTrip has arrived (finally) in Tahoe! 10+ total stops and two days to get here LOL"

Sunday July 17, 2011

Gondola_Road-Trip 9:56 AM Lake Tahoe NV
Eagles Nest Resort
"Day #3 #SeniorRoadTrip shopping and Gondola Ride to Heavenly in So Lake Tahoe and picnic on beach planned"

Monday July 18, 2011

12:19 PM West Shore Lake Tahoe
Eagle Falls Trailhead
Hiking Trail
"Stop #3 #SeniorRoadTrip so breathtakingly beautiful here"

1:40 PM North Shore Lake Tahoe
Fanny Bridge Tahoe City CA
Bridge
"Stop #4 on the #SeniorRoadTrip"

Jakes_Road-Trip 2:10 PM
Jake's On The Lake ( the entire family together inclusing my 19 year old nephew)
American Restaurant
"Lunch stop #SeniorRoadTrip awesome lakeside view #LakeTahoe"

3:34 PM
Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe
"Shout out to Joe DeVere from Lake Tahoe #SeniorRoadTrip"

6:44 PM South Lake Tahoe NV
Eagles Nest Resort
"Today's Final stop on the #SeniorRoadTrip dinner Scrabble and root beer floats !"

Tuesday July 19, 2011

Toyota_Avalon_Road_Trip 11:04 AM South Lake Tahoe NV
Eagles Nest Resort
"Today is a rest day(Yeah)on the #SeniorRoadTrip BTW our ride '02 Toyota Avalon turned 100k mi on this trip!"

1:24 PM
Lake Tahoe Bench
Hiking Trail
"Taking a walk with my big sis along Lake Tahoe shore #SeniorRoadTrip"

SisCarla_RoadTrip 3:29 PM
Round Hill Pines Beach And Marina
Beach
"Beautiful beach to hangout on today with my sis Carla #SeniorRoadTrip"

6:02 PM
Eagles Nest Resort
"Wonderful day at the Lake today. Time for vegatarian meal by Sis Linda #SeniorRoadTrip"

11:23 PM
Eagles Nest Resort
"Shout out to sis Karen and Bob we miss you and wish you here here too #SeniorRoadTrip"

Wednesday July 20, 2011

11:23 AM South Lake Tahoe NV
Ski Run Marina Village
Harbor or Marina
"#SeniorRoadTrip stop #1 today."

Jody 005 1:44 PM
Tahoe Queen
Boat or Ferry
"The #SeniorRoadTrip is on the Tahoe Queen off to Cruise to Emerald Bay and have lunch"

IMG_3084 3:23 PM West Shore Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay State Park
Beach
"View from Tahoe Queen #SeniorRoadTrip Eagles Falls and Emerald Bay"

6:01 PM
Eagles Nest Resort
"Spagetti feast tonight great day shout out to Bobby Compton nice meeting you on #SeniorRoadTrip"

Thursday July 21, 2011

11:48 AM North Shore Lake Tahoe NV
Incline Village NV
"Stop #1 today on #SeniorRoadTrip rest stop with view and lunch at Subway"

12:10 PM
Subway
Sandwich Place
"Lunch stop #SeniorRoadTrip then onto a tour of Thunderbird Lodge"

1:15 PM
Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau
"Catching tour bus to next desitnation short nature walk so pretty! #SeniorRoadTrip"

Thunderbird_RoadTrip 2:39 PM
Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society
"Highly recommended tour on our #SeniorRoadTrip very interesting historical site once owned by Del Web"

10:32 PM
Eagles Nest Resort
"Taco Salad Strawberry Short Cake Scrabble and 42 games tonight on the #SeniorRoadTrip"

Friday July 22, 2011

Scrabble_RoadTrip 11:51 AM South Lake Tahoe
Round Hill Pines Beach
Beach
"Beach picnic lunch Scrabble Kayaking Swimming "IN HEAVEN" on #SeniorRoadTrip"

Bear_RoadTrip 4:37 PM
Lakeside Inn and Casino
Casino
"#SeniorRoadTrip stop for video poker free wine and free birthday gambling credits TY Lakeside Casino"

9:41 PM
Eagles Nest Resort
"Last night here KFC root beer floats playing 42 (Dominos) a live brown bear show!!"

Saturday July 23, 2011

Topaz_Road_Trip 10:16 AM Topaz Lake NV
Topaz Lodge Casino
Casino
"Breakfast stop #SeniorRoadTrip view of Topaz Lake on the way home today from Lake Tahoe :--)"

12:29 PM Mono Lake CA
Mono Basin Visitor Center
Park
"Stop for photo shoot #SeniorRoadTrip 395 is such a beautiful road trip home so far"

1:55 PM Bishop CA
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
"Pit Stop in Bishop CA for some iced coffee drinks whew its a hot dry 97 degrees here #SeniorRoadTrip"

3:10 PM Lone Pine CA
Alabama Hills
Hiking Trail
"Magnificent rock formations for photo shoot #SeniorRoadTrip on theway to MT Whitney Portal Falls"

Waterfall_Roadtrip 4:56 PM Portal of MT Whitney
Mt. Whitney Trailhead
"Drove up to take pics of waterfall fishing pond and cathedral-like views #SeniorRoadTrip"

5:01 PM
Lone Pine, California
Resort
"Dinner stop #SeniorRoadTrip Bonanza Cafe Western Movie Museum Alabama Hills"

6:20 PM
Seasons Lone Pine CA
American Restaurant
"Who knew high end very nice Italian food origianl artworks and dinner Lone Pine CA #SeniorRoadTrip"

8 PM China Lake CA
Best Western China Lake Inn

Sunday July 24, 2011

6:55 AM Leaving China Lake CA
Best Western China Lake Inn
"Last day of #SeniorRoadTrip 160 miles left '00 Toyota Avalon well maintained had zero problems"

10:15 AM Victorville CA
Denny's
Breakfast Spot
"Final ( I hope) pitstop on #SeniorRoadTrip LOL"

5:45 PM Newbury Park CA
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Newbury Park CA
Grocery Store
"Home at last !! Last stop for supplies #SeniorRoadTrip 1200+ miles Total"

#SeniorRoadTrip Facebook Photo's ( Request Friendship to view albums):

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150732048195650.721713.526180649

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150737645440650.723486.526180649


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