Weekender: South Lake Tahoe

A weekend on the south shore of Lake Tahoe was just what the doctor ordered. Although if you looked at the amount of crap we packed, it may have seemed like we were going for an entire week!
Because we were driving up with friends, we brought just about everything you could imagine, along with a cart full of crappy indulgent weekend food from Trader Joe’s.
If you are in the market for crappy indulgent weekend food, I need to personally recommend the Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn Cookies. Not only do the make a delicious (and completely wheat/sugar fueled snack – UGH!) but they pair quite well with a cup of coffee in the morning! Oh you all, this was not my finest display of healthy eating, but while we are talking food pairings…have you ever tried this?
Wine Pairing.
You should.

We got on the road Friday afternoon and had a quick and traffic-free ride up to the lake.
We were stoked to leave the impending heat of Sacramento behind! It was supposed to be a long weekend of triple digit days back home, so seeing the pine trees, the lake, and the temperature rise only to about 85 degrees was welcome!

We checked in to our condo and then headed over to Garrett’s and my favorite Tahoe tradition: The Beacon Bar & Grill.
Rum Runners + Calamari + Beach Side Dining make it a Must Do whenever we are in the area.

Saturday we were up early to cheer on our friends competing in the Fittest of the Sierras.
There were three events and despite looking pretty standard, they were all pretty brutal to watch. Let’s just say more than once I thought to myself how happy I was to just be a spectator, I can’t even imagine COMPETING! 🙂

We had a great turnout from our gym and all of our athletes did fantastic! I love these faces!

You know what I also love at CrossFit competitions? The t shirts that everyone sports. Always good eye candy.
CrossFit competitions are good for eye-candy in general, ahem.

In all seriousness though, yes, lots of super fit bodies doing amazing things is fun to watch, but honestly — what is really inspiring is just seeing EVERYONE out there doing their best! People of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels showing up to give 100%.

For each workout every athlete had their own little cheering section, and man if you could bottle the energy in the room during the last 60 seconds of each, with all the screaming and cheering fans — Red Bull would be out of business. It is really freaking emotional, and I will tell you sometimes it makes sensitive sallies like myself get a little misty!

After the competition was over, all that cheering and hollering made me ready for a nap! But I rallied and headed down to the beach with some friends and it was GORGEOUS!
I may have also spent some “quality” time reading. HAHA. That book, man. I don’t really get it yet.

After the beach, we all put our party pants on and got together for some BBQ and Duck Farts. Do you know about Duck Farts? I did not, let’s discuss: equal parts Khalua, Baileys and Crown Royal. You can shoot it from a glass, or you know, just squeeze it in your mouth. Your call.
Either way: Delicious. It sort of tastes like coffee, oddly enough. And you know how I love coffee.

Despite having a celebratory Saturday, we were up and at ’em early Sunday to get home, which actually worked out pretty well. I got to grocery shop and do a little cooking before heading back to work this week. If you can believe it, even after a long and (not SUPER healthy, if I’m being honest) weekend, all I can think about is getting back into the gym. We had such a fun time!
This motley group of people we get to see day in and day out are inspiring, awesome, and most importantly tons fun!


The lake, the competition, the food and the company were all top notch!

I’m ready to go back — and to me, THAT is the sign of a good weekender!

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13 Responses to Weekender: South Lake Tahoe

  1. Kristy says:

    I designed the American River Crossfit Ts! 🙂

  2. So disappointed to have missed it this year, it looks like you guys have a fabulous time again.

  3. LizScott says:

    I have never been to Tahoe. I am just saying.

    • Holly says:

      Well I just googled it…it’s only a 17 hour road trip for you…wanna meet up? 🙂


  4. Steph says:

    I love that jacket on you! And your weekend looks SO fun!

    • Holly says:

      Thanks Steph! It was so nice to *have* to wear a jacket, considering it was 108 here in Sacramento on Saturday 🙂

  5. sizzle says:

    I have never been to Tahoe which seems so wrong since I grew up in CA. Looks beautiful!

    Despite the unfortunate name, I would totally drink a Duck Fart. I love all those ingredients.

    I am not allowed near those TJ’s peanut butter cups nor the tarbinado chocolate covered almonds.

    • Holly says:

      Oh that IS wrong! You need to make that happen! And yes, the name “Duck Fart” is almost enough to keep me from drinking it, but it is AMAZING. But also the kind of drink you can throw back waaaaaaay too many of before you realize their…potency 🙂 Just a warning.

      As for TJ’s, I just shouldn’t be allowed in there at all because I am a magnet for every possible unhealthy thing EVER in there. And I feel no regrets about it. haha

  6. Kate says:

    I would like to seriously compliment whoever is organized enough to put the liquor into squeeze bottles and label them with actual real labels. If I were to do that, I’d probably Sharpie the names messily and probably misspelled. Oh, who am I kidding? I’d just lug around half full (because I’m an optimist) sticky bottles of booze and then just horde the Crown because sleepy time juice.

    • Holly says:

      HA! I know, right? It was *NOT* me…I would not have been that organized. However it was quite convenient…so perhaps wishful thinking for the future? 🙂

  7. Denise says:

    I could eat Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups until my gall bladder seized.