Tahoe Journal – Father’s Day 1996

Sunday, June 16, 1996 (Father’s Day)

Today, as it says above, was Father’s Day. The kids gave Dad two T-shirts, a San Francisco Giants one and an “I Am Father, Hear Me Snore” one. Donna said it was perfect. Grandma gave Dad a birdhouse with a wooden sailor on it. Donna and Kara gave him a green shirt and tan pants.

For most of the day, we stayed at the beach. Mostly I would paddy the raft, and my arms ached afterwards. Grandma had bought some woggles and a connector piece to float on in the lake, and they were pretty fun to use. She promised to buy another connector to use at her house (they haveĀ tons of woggles there!) For lunch, we had sandwiches, chips, and “Squeezit” drinks. After I was done swimming, paddling, and “woggling”, Grandma and I played a game of “Neverending Crazy 8’s”, but stopped after about four rounds.

When we got home, Kara and Amelia continued their game of Monopoly, which they had startedĀ the night before! After many a few arguments, they decided to call it quits.

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Tahoe Journal – June 15, 1996

Saturday, June 15, 1996

Today, we went to the Ponderosa Ranch, and it was different than the first time. As before, we went on a haywagon ride to breakfast, and saw an outlaw. Luckily, this time the hot chocolate didn’t burn my tongue! I was counted as an adult, and have the ticket to prove it! We went to the petting zoo, and got to feed the goats and sheep. They practically climbed on top of us to get the food! Later, we got a tour of the Cartwright house, which we didn’t get to do last time. As we walked farther, we got to see a guinea fowl lay and egg (Grandpa insisted it was a goat’s egg!), and saw three tine baby goats. As a souvenir, I got a really cool cedar box with the famous “burning map” on the lid. I also got an obsidian arrowhead to put inside.

At the showdown (which was postponed to 12:30, because of a wedding), it was a lot like last year, except for the actors. I got to suggest putting a stick of T.N.T. in the outhouse, to surprise the unsuspecting deputy. All on all, I had a great time.

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Mario at Ponderosa Ranch

Dad, Mario, and Grampa at Ponderosa Ranch

The Kids at Ponderosa Ranch

Statue Impersonations

Tahoe Journal – Flag Day 1996

Friday, June 14, 1996 (Flag Day)

At about 1:30, we arrived at the cabin. I got to teach Grandma how to play Mancala, and she won against Carlo! Pretty good teaching, huh?

Me, Carlo, & Kara decided to play a friendly game of Monopoly at about 2:00. Kara dropped out about half-way through the game, and I got her properties. Eventually I had almost all of the properties, including Boardwalk and Park Place, both of which having hotels. At the end, I had $1,999, almost all of the properties (excluding three), and a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, at about 4:20, the longest game I had ever played!

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Tahoe Journal – June 27, 1995

Tuesday, June 27, 1995

Today I went on a long walk with my dad, Alicia, Amelia, Jack, Carlo, Lucy, and Kara. It was slightly strenuous, but fun. We also went to the beach today.

This afternoon, Dad taught me how to play a card game, called “31”, which is similar to “21”. It is really fun. I was going to play poker, but one thing led to another, and we didn’t. However, I got to play a few rounds of dice poker with Dad.

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Tahoe Journal – June 26, 1995

Monday, June 26, 1995

This morning, we went to the Ponderosa Ranch in Nevada. It was a lot of fun. We got to ride in a hay wagon to breakfast. On the way, we got stopped by an outlaw. After breakfast, we took a walk to the ranch, and at high noon, there was a showdown in the middle of town. I got a cap gun as a souvenier, as well as a deck of cards and a pin with the characters of “Bonanza” on it.

When we got back from the Ponderosa, we started searching for Donna’s glasses again, and when we looked under the couch cushion, we all (Me, Kara, Carlo, and Jack) found them. Dad gave all four of us $1.00, and all six kids got to go to Baskin Robbins.

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Tahoe Journal – June 25, 1995

Sunday, June 25, 1995

Today was Donna’s birthday. One of her presents was a coffee cup with a pomeranian on it. We went to the beach today. Donna had lost her $135 glasses, and Dad was going to pay us to find them. We had looked everywhere, but we couldn’t find them. At night, all of the kids (Me, Amelia, Carlo, Kara, Alicia, and Jack) went miniature golfing.

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Alicia, Mario, and Jack Built a Fort

Mario Swimming in the Lake

Mario in a Raft

Mario in the Lake

Mario in the Woods

Mario, Grampa, and Carlo at Mini-Golf