Day 3 Jun27


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8 am ??Where are we??
Get up groggy – moving slow. Need fuel.

9 am breakfast Heidi’s Restaurant
Right close by our lodge. Very convenient — located in the Bijou Shopping Center just behind our lodge.

11:30 am visit and ride Pedego Electric Bikes electric bicycles
Biking is BIG here. Tahoe has many trails – from adventurous mountain biking trails to meadow meanders. We’re at Pedego, an electric bike shop, across from Heavenly Village. The owner, Casey Metkovich, is championing electric powered bikes for use in recreation or general transportation. We talk about the styles and get handling pointers before getting OK to ride. Right grip “gooses”, left grip slows the bike. Remember to peddle. Took about 3 minutes to get coordinated before comfort level was reached. Rode along the lake, stopped at 5 STOP signs, passed traffic, pedestrians, went up and down hill. It was a blast. Wonderful way to get around.

LakeTahoeMap32 pm swim / hot tub / workout / feet up
Much-needed to oxygenate/hollow out/prepare for food feast to come.

4 pm special dining Ciera Steak + Chophouse MontBleu
Maitre d’ Tommy Walker greets and seats us. Beautiful, elegant, refined dining room with cozy, inviting warmth. Rich colors, matched in the china. Leather upholstered booths seating four line two walls. Velvet privacy curtains close. Room’s center space seats about 50. Glass wine vault displays over 300 vintages. We are here early for a sampling tasting of their menu. Our wine of choice is Prosecco.

1st course: sampler of sesame crusted ahi tuna (Wasabi crème and kabayaki sauce, pickled ginger), jumbo lump crab cake (spring greens, chipotle remoulade), and jumbo shrimp cocktail sauce and fresh lemon. Main: shared, Gorgonzola and Pine Nut Crusted Sea Bass Lump crabmeat, grilled spinach with lavender cream and basil infusion, and New Zealand Rack of Lamb Pistachio encrusted, served with pomegranate balsamic demi-glace. Side: White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes.
Dessert: Pinapple cheesecake. Delighful coffee service: choice of shaved chocolate, caramel cream, Bailey’s cream, sugar, cinnamon sticks or rock candy sticks.

Very dramatic finale. A plate with two enormous chocolate dipped strawberries is held up by a pierced metal ring sitting on a larger plate. Vapor (dry ice) escaping from the ring’s openings creates a fog dance. Great finish! We thank Chef Michael Quintal for a magnificent dinner.

5:30 pm scenic drive South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe
We stop at two view points to get photos. Discover paths and amenities hidden from view of drivers. Weather grand so taking pics is a snap.

7:15 pm see As You Like It at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 
Sand Harbor State Park. Lovely, soft evening – night is falling gently. Osprey and para-gliders swoop around the hillsides. Everyone enjoying early evening dinner. Some bring in their own and picnic at their seats in the sand; others order/dine at the pop-up restaurants. Predictably, sky colors change, mirroring reds and purples onto the lake. Stage is set so audience views play’s action, lake’s beauty and dramatic sunset all at the same time. The production follows the Bard’s story line but places action in New England at start of the 20th century. Director Edward Morgan states: “It has been fun transplanting this brilliant play to American soil. It has given the text new resonance for us.” We’ve seen a lot of Shakespeare over the years so we confidently say with that this 42 year Festival delivers extraordinary entertainment in an exceptional setting. A must!

11 pm careful night drive North Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe
Did this drive last night but that does not make it easier. Drive carefully and watch the curves. Look away from on-coming traffic. Use the snow pole reflectors as guides.

stay Lake Shore Lodge & Spa
Another late night. Walk softly to avoid waking our neighbors. Fall asleep immediately – been a full day.

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