Monday, August 8, 2011

It's a Small World

Through this blog, we have made some really close friends along the way. I'm sure you have heard me talk about my friend Ellen. Ironically, she lives right by The Institute. We see her every time we go, and I just love her. She is a constant source of love and support.

She and her family were coming to the west coast to visit some family, so they decided to spend a day with us. We planned to take them to Tahoe, as she and her daughter Emma had never been. We had the entire day planned out. We drove up yesterday, went to lunch on the west shore, carried on to the south shore, and took the gondola to the very top to overlook the entire lake. We then carried on to the east shore, and then to the north to have dinner with my dad.

The day was going perfectly as planned, but halfway up the gondola, I knew I was in trouble. As you all know, I love Tahoe. After I say this, Dave always follows with, "yeah, but Tahoe sure doesn't like you." He says this because majority of the time, I get a migraine.

Often times, I don't put 2 and 2 together, but suddenly I did when we were on our way up. I could feel a headache coming on. The highest point of the gondola is about 9,100 in elevation. It was so beautiful, but I paid dearly. After we left, I got one of the nastiest migraines of my entire life. The worst of it was, I forgot to bring my shots ;o( I laid down through dinner, and didn't know how I was going to survive the ride home. Yuck! We had to pull over onto the side of the road twice on the drive home, so I could have the pleasure of getting sick in front of our Philly friends ;o( Once we finally pulled into the driveway, I couldn't even say goodbye because I was sick again ;o( How embarrassing!

I felt awful on so many levels, but am so happy we had a great first half of the day!


  1. What a beautiful day! I wonder why you get the migraines at high altitude. Tahoe is right about the point where you might get altitude sickness, though.

  2. What a fun and beautiful 1/2 of the day! So glad you were able to spend some time in Tahoe and hopefully it helped lift your spirits a bit! I hope you are feeling better!

  3. Such beautiful scenery! Isn't it so cruel that the place that makes you so happy has such a downside. Tahoe always greeted me with a serious case of lightheadedness, which is certainly preferable to a migraine. I'm happy for your guests that you got to show them part of the best of California.

  4. LOVE all the pictures........i have never seen tahoe from that vantage ....BEAUTIFUL BREATH TAKING.....

    i'm so glad you were able to enjoy a good portion of the day before the headache set in....and i feel your pain. i too suffer from altitude illness (migranes....nausea.....bloddy nose etc)