Wednesday, June 19, 1996
Today, we went to Emerald Bay again, but it was a little different. We took the long hike down again, only this time, the water level was raised considerably higher. We had a picnic lunch; I had a very good sausage sandwich. This time, we got to have a tour of Vikingsholm, and it was pretty cool.
That night, we went golfing. We went on the larger course (the one with 28 holes ), and it was pretty fun. I never got a “hole in one”, but I did very well, nonetheless. The “pendulum” and the “bear” were pretty tough, but other, like the “spider” and the “castle” were fairly simple.
After golfing, we played “Moonshine Mine”, which is a shooting game. You try to hit the targets, and something funny happens. Dad continuously hit one guy in the pants, and he always shot water in our faces. It was very fun.
[included mini-golf scores]
Tuesday, June 18, 1996
Today, we had a sort of lazy day. We went on a walk to the Bridgetender, and had chicken strips and fries for lunch. We watched the fish swimming in the Lower Truckee River.
When we got back to the cabin, I got to show Grandma my card game “Diamonds”. Before that, I finally got to make the pound cake, and we had it for dessert.
Monday, June 17, 1996
Today, we got to have a ride on the Tahoe Gal. Mostly, I rode on the bottom deck, for it was really windy on top. The captain was very nice, and she let me ride in the steering room, and told me a lot of neat stuff. I took plenty of pictures of stuff like Cave Rock, Eagle Falls, Vikingsholm, the Tea House, the state border, and other stuff. We got to also see the Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie II.
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 have 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 started the night before! After many a few arguments, they decided to call it quits.
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.
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!
Wednesday, June 28, 1995
This morning, we went to Emerald Bay. The water was surprizingly warm, compared to the beach we usually go to, anyway. I got to take a picture of Eagle Falls, a waterfall which runs into Emerald Bay.
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.
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.
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.