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My Kids Enjoying Lake Tahoe in the snow!

Lake Tahoe Winter Vacation

If heaven on earth truly existed, it would be a place like Lake Tahoe, California. The first time I experienced the beauty of the area was in the fall, years ago. Now add to that snow as far as the eye can see, and you have my idea of something I can only describe as true happiness.

This officially marks the first look back at our family holiday in December and January, albeit completely out of order. We visited Tahoe a week or two after arriving. I have more photos than you can poke a stick at, so what better way to kick off with these. I was silly with happiness over the fact we were surrounded by real snow. The, ‘buried up to your knees, smooth as silk, freeze your face off’, kinda stuff. I’ve heard time and time again how you quickly you grow tired of the cold, but I honestly don’t know if I could. To me, it’s like living on another world.

Just days earlier we had been lucky enough to experience full blown snow on the adventure to collect our christmas tree at Apple Hill (holy balls, a real tree that isn’t a tropical palm like I had as a kid!). And just like that day, on the way back up the mountain I was glued to the car window sighing and gasping at every inch of the pristine wonderland flying by. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. By far!

We spent a few jam-packed days in Tahoe, staying at the base of Heavenly mountain. Exploring, ice skating, toasting by the fire pits and drinking more Starbucks than is humanly possible. So many memories, not enough time to recount them all! I still have a bag full of skee-ball tickets that we never got the chance to exchange. That slinky was MINE.

And then of course there was the gondola ride to the top of Heavenly. No words could truly do justice to describing the view from up there. Just close your eyes and think of the most peaceful, breathtaking view you can imagine. Mountains, water and sky as far as the eye can see. I only wish I had more time to go back again and again. And again.

The first time I visited Tahoe I fell in love. This time it became so much more than that. If that is even possible. The look on my childrens faces the entire time was something I’d never seen. It was really, really, special.

I hope you enjoyed the photos! Till part two…

70 Comments on Postcards From Lake Tahoe – Part 1

  1. Brandie Sellers
    March 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, it sounds like you had a lovely time! Loved the pictures 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:08 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Brandie! How is the weather from your side of the US, was there snow where you are?

      (And if there is/was, can you send me some :))

      • Brandie Sellers
        March 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

        The weather is COLD! ha! We actually had a snow storm this past monday (my most recent post) and had about a foot! Would love to send it your way b/c I’m now ready for spring since I’ve had my snow day fix! 🙂 Are you guys going into autumn?

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        March 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

        Were coming up to what we call the dry season. Where I am unfortunately there are only two – the wet and dry lol! April 30 (my birthday, yay) marks the end of the wet and the beginning of cooler weather.

        I would LOVE some serious cold and snow though, it is just so lovely to me. I really enjoyed your post BTW 🙂


      • Brandie Sellers
        March 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm (4 years ago)

        Is the cooler weather like an Autumn? Do the leaves change at all? So fascinating what goes on seasonally in other parts of the world 🙂

        And I’m glad you enjoyed my post!

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        March 11, 2014 at 12:45 am (4 years ago)

        I would say it is very close to Autumn. My husband always tells me it reminds him of Halloween. Cool air and breezy days.

        It really IS amazing how different the weather is! When we landed in Sacramento it was absolutely freezing! Coming directly from 100% humidity at home it was a shock! Lovely change of weather but boy it was cold 🙂

  2. Stephanie
    March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww these pictires bought back so many memories for me when I worked and lived in Lake Tahoe. I worked at the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. What a beautiful place when it snows- the lake and all those trees topped with snow.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:08 am (4 years ago)

      Ahhh, you are so lucky to have lived there! I am so intrigued and insanely jealous at the same time. I would love to live close enough to go back as often as I could, hey maybe even stay permanently.

      I agree with you, it is such a beautiful place 🙂

      • Stephanie
        March 7, 2014 at 4:22 am (4 years ago)

        Hahahaha well im sure we both walked away with beautiful memories.

        But I have to be honest the snow would get a tad bit to much for me. But I enjoyed it none the less.


      • Beautiful Kayekie
        March 7, 2014 at 4:36 am (4 years ago)

        It’s so funny you say that, everyone has said the same thing. I think it’s a lot like that for me in reverse, I get so tired of the warm weather – bring on a snow storm already lol!

      • Stephanie
        March 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm (4 years ago)

        LOL I am a tropical baby all day everyday. I hope you are able to go back again.

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        March 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm (4 years ago)

        I hope so too! And i’d be very happy to swap weather if you like 🙂

      • Stephanie
        March 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm (4 years ago)

        LOL sounds like an awesome swap

  3. Mammu
    March 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow what a stunning place! And the pictures are breathetaking! What a beautiful family, beautiful and adorable children ^_^

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:06 am (4 years ago)

      As always, you are too kind! Thank you so much 🙂

      Tahoe is just… so amazing! I don’t think I could say enough about it. If you ever get the chance to visit the area, I insist you go!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:04 am (4 years ago)

      It really is! I’m just like you, I’d choose mountains and forests over a beach any day. I have no idea why, maybe because it reminds me of visiting my grandparents and all the fun we had exploring 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

      If you have a list of things to do before you die, add a visit to Tahoe California. I’m partial to the snow myself, but that’s because I never see it 🙂

      Also if you love this town, you will also love Queenstown NZ, it is very similar and equally as beautiful with a city wrapped around water surrounded by mountains.

  4. marilovesgr33n
    March 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    incredible place and stunning pics. It seemed a loto of fun. I’m even happier because I’m going skiing tomorrow.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:00 am (4 years ago)

      I’m so excited for you! I hope you have/had a fantastic time. xx

  5. Caity (@MoiContreLaVie)
    March 7, 2014 at 1:56 am (4 years ago)

    What beautiful pictures – You have such a lovely family! I adore Tahoe, I can’t believe I haven’t been up in six months, thanks for the inspiration to get myself back to the Lake.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:00 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Caity! I envy you so much for living so close (well, much closer than me). I just love the entire area, and miss San Fran as well 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 5:51 am (4 years ago)

      I’m working on the next lot of photos, hopefully soon 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Put it on your bucket list, it is worth it! 🙂

  6. June
    March 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous pictures! This definitely makes me wanna go pack my bags and just embark on an adventure!


    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 10, 2014 at 2:59 am (4 years ago)

      That’s what I love about hills and mountains, it makes you wonder what is on the other side! Adventure time 🙂

  7. Ileana
    March 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)

    OhhH!!! These pictures are so beautiful! You make me wish for a holiday there…and for the first time, wising for a holiday full of snow! 😀


  8. Ingrid
    March 10, 2014 at 4:58 am (4 years ago)

    These photos are absolutely stunning, and make me long for winter. Looks like the most amazing trip! Beautiful family too xx

  9. Porshia
    March 10, 2014 at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my.. the photos are incredible! Great skills! You look so beautiful! 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 10, 2014 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

      Gah! I truly appreciate your kind words. I LOVE photography 🙂

  10. shashasekharan
    March 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm (4 years ago)

    lovely pictures hun! you have a beautiful family 🙂 looking forward to more pictures..

  11. micheatsandshops
    March 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Now these photos are just stunning! What camera do you use? The images are sooooo sharp! Lucky you, I’ve never seen or touched snow! I’ve heard my friend from Ukraine wax poetic about it and I am so jealous! I want snow too 😀 Can’t wait to see your other photos 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:42 am (4 years ago)

      I was a little crazy on this trip, it was my first real time playing in real snow that I was actually old enough to remember (I’d been to simulated snow a week earlier). It. Was. Amazing!

      My camera is a Nikon 5200 and my lens of choice is the 35mm. It’s not really the best choice for landscape photography and I did bring other lenses but swapping them out was difficult (ahem, lots of kids lol). I actually sharpened them ever so slightly in photoshop before uploading them, because I find that my photo host reduces the quality of the images ever so slightly. It probably wouldn’t look very nice in print, but works well for online 🙂

      Thank you so much!

      • micheatsandshops
        March 11, 2014 at 2:28 am (4 years ago)

        That’s the portrait lens right? It’s one of my favorite lenses 🙂 I used to own one but my camera broke down haha 🙂

        Maybe in a few years I can go somewhere with actual snow 🙂 For now, I will save some money to fund my trip haha

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        March 11, 2014 at 2:30 am (4 years ago)

        Yes! It is my absolute favourite lens and I use it for everything. It gives beautiful depth of field and because my Nikon is a cropped sensor, it is equivalent to a 50mm lens (which I hear is the bees knees!)

        Definitely save! I cannot say enough about the place 🙂

  12. Cindy Tong
    March 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm (4 years ago)

    i looove all ur pic..may i know which lens u using and which camera all pic so sharp!! do u photoshop a lot babe? and i reli love snow too i have not seen snow yet..wud love to see snow one day!!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:37 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Cindy! My camera is a Nikon 5200 and I mostly use the 35mm lens. I am a huge photoshop fan, but try not to manipulate the images too much, only colour. It was really useful to correct the colour of the snow, which often came out blue! 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:35 am (4 years ago)

      I’ve been telling everyone who will listen – you should absolutely visit!

  13. agatapokutycka
    March 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm (4 years ago)

    This place looks amazing and all the happy faces around!
    I am glad you had a fab time

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:34 am (4 years ago)

      I swear I’ve never seen them so happy (but there were certainly tears too lol! Snow is wet!) 🙂

      • agatapokutycka
        March 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm (4 years ago)

        At least you got a chance to see a snow… we didn’t have any this winter 🙁

  14. Beauty Blogette
    March 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I’m glad you had a great time. 🙂

  15. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui)
    March 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm (4 years ago)

    absolute beautiful photos. this makes me miss snow but the uk doesnt get snow like that ever lol

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:33 am (4 years ago)

      Really?? That is still ok though, id take a little snow over none 🙂

  16. Sana Sadiq
    March 11, 2014 at 11:57 am (4 years ago)

    Awww look at the one buried in snow for fun ^_^ Love your captures hun

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Hahaha! Yes that is my daughter. I have so many photos of her buried in the snow, it was hilarious 🙂

  17. Sarah Lee
    March 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Whao your pictures look amazing!!!! Your daughter is so cute in the snow!! =)) gig

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Hahaha!!! I agree. I have many more photos of her buried in the snow, pulling all kinds of faces. It’s so funny 🙂

  18. Saranda
    March 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow amazing pictures! I love the result and everything looks so super cute! And then your beauty! Wow, giglove turned into gig following for me! Following on bloglovin and would be super honored if you followed back of course.

    Happy Tuesday!

    xo Saranda

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Gah! You are too kind and lovely, and of course I would love to follow back. I really love catching up on your posts every week xx


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