Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, Daddy & Getaway for the Family

We were in need of a getaway. Redding is crazy hot in the summer - It's May and we're already hitting 100°. We'll hit 115° before the we see October and the 8x12 concrete patio slab in the back wasn't quite cutting it for us.

A few weeks ago, Adam and his coworkers scouted Tsasdi Resort center for their Student Leaders' retreat right before school starts up again. The place was fantastic. Not quite what they needed for a bunch of college students, but exactly what a small family needed for a short weekend vacation.

We decided on Friday that we'd head up to Tsasdi to celebrate Adam's birthday for Sunday and Monday. A quick call to the owner ensured we could stay a little longer on Monday than morning check out since no one was reserving our cabin until later in the week.

Sunday morning we packed everything up and headed out around lunchtime. As we were driving up, we saw billboards for this place called Yaks and remembered that Adam's colleague Mark Endraske had recommended it:

Yaks Burgers

And we said, "Yes Please!" A quick google map search for "Yaks" and we were on our way. Except we ended up here:

Wassayaks Coffee
Not the same.

We left this place, dodging the sketchy hippy-homeless guys discussing their last arrests and said, "Lets get out of here" as we clutched our daughters a little closer. Adam did a little more searching and realized that we were only about 10 minutes away from the real Yaks Burger place. Back into the car, and we quickly came to our destination.

And we ordered things like this:

Of course, that's a stock picture, so we didn't ACTUALLY order that particular burger. Sorry, we were so hungry we just devoured our burgers and fries and chips and beer that we didn't really stop to take pictures on our phone.

 But the amazing part were these:

Yes, those are bourbon-caramel sticky buns and yes, we ordered two to go for the next morning's breakfast. Because the burgers were legitimately enormous.

We headed up to Tsasdi and found our cabin. It was small, clean and had a perfect little deck.

Exploring the digs

It was hot and the girls were ready to explore, so Adam took them into the pool. Charis went first, and it was cold! So by the time I had the camera out, she was warming up on the deck chairs. Lathie went Swimming for the first time! Then they both tried to warm up a bit in the sun.

When toddlers don't nap and then go swimming, these are the looks
We went back to the cabin and Charis continued to try to warm up:

We fed the girls a bit, but we were still so stuffed from Lunch we didn't really do dinner.

 Instead, after we put the girls to bed (and they were pretty wiped out!) Adam and I sat on the deck, enjoyed the sunset and read to each other.

Beautiful view and wonderful evening

Reading "Grit" by Angela Ducksworth

The next morning continued to be relaxing and just what we needed. Though the girls woke up at their never-varying 6:30 wake up time (Adam and I would have preferred a little later), the girls enjoyed their oatmeal while we enjoyed the bourbon caramel sticky buns with our coffee and the morning sunshine.

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Shortly before 9, Adam and Charis wandered down to the dock to go Kayaking. Charis wasn't too excited at first, but she quickly began to enjoy it!

Lathie was asleep, and so we entertained ourselves with bubbles

Once Lathie was awake, we had a wonderful lunch (barbecued brats, potato salad and veggies) on the main deck:

The view from the Main Deck

The girls played a little more on the Deck. Charis was particularly good at throwing the bean bags in the cornhole goal, but I didn't get a shot of that. I did get Lathie cheating a little. But we'll forgive her because she's a baby!

We enjoyed one more cup of coffee on our own little cabin deck and then packed up the car and headed home. 20 minutes later the girls were both sleeping in their own beds, napping hard after two wonderful days up at the lake. Just what we needed.

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