Sunday, November 3, 2013

South Lake Tahoe, part deux....July

Hmmm.....July was a tough month and it's taken me how long, uh 3 months, to even think about tackling the blog. My daughter has been fighting various drug addictions since she was a teen and in July things really fell apart. Unfortunately it happened in the middle of a work day at the campground and the day we were to leave for the High Sierra Music Festival over the 4th of July weekend. I spent most of that weekend on the phone dealing with many issues that finally culminated in  her requesting to go to rehab. But what one may not realize is that one cannot simply say they want to go to rehab and you just find a place to go - oh no, you must first find "a bed" at a facility, and finding a bed somewhere that you can actually afford is a whole other issue. I spent an entire day frantically calling one rehab after another with the same answer - in 4-6 weeks a spot may be available. By the end of the day I had come up empty and was quite depressed when my ex let me know that his sister had spoken to a good friend the night before who told her about an awesome long-term rehab facility where she had gotten clean many years before, and where she volunteered on a significant basis. My ex gave me her name and the name of the facility - I immediately called and was given the same "4-6 week mantra." I got the friend's contact info and gave her a call, but not before checking out the website and seeing the cost of the place was a whopping $7500/month. WHOA....there was no possible way we could afford that. I spoke to this woman and she told me to hang on for a few hours and she said she would see what she could do and asked what we could afford to pay. Long story short my daughter got into this fabulous facility and we momentarily breathed a sigh of relief. She was still facing some legal issues, though, and the month was filled with angst.

Fun at High Sierra...
Poi and Hula Hoop Workshop

Flying the Colors

In the meantime...we continued having a most awesome time hanging out with our friend's Daniel and Jen - 
we headed out one night for sunset at the Tahoe Keys pier

Bill had fun at one of the Thursday night free concerts with Daniel, Jen, Joe and Suzanne - Live at Lakeview after their weekly bike ride to pick up our CSA veggie & fruit boxes.

We spent many weekend afternoons listening to the bands at the Beacon at Camp Rich, where we'd always run into friends. Like the time our friend, Michelle, crashed our table with 5-10 of her best friends - oh, that was also the day we ordered veggie burgers with very specific ingredients, which they came with an added topping of BACON - yes, veggie burgers with bacon, a very common order, I'm sure!

And more days on the Truckee in our canoe with Daniel, Jen and Socs...

Here we are at one of our favorite activities - we started scouting for the hash we were going to hare at the end of the month.

The days spent at the New Nu Dity beach were legendary!
Daniel and Jen

Socrates chillin' on my raft
Our friend, masseuse and fellow hasher, Becca came up for the weekend to help relieve my stress and Bill treated her to a massage including an elbow to the derriere!

Another fabulous reason about being "home" is having my nails done by my friend and manicurist extraordinaire, Lillian - who also knows how to create a wonderful outdoor space

Our friend, Levi (next to Bill), who was "thru-hiking" the PCT caught up with us in Tahoe with his friend Rub-a-Dub

I figured out how to retouch the pink in my hair that my daughter had done for me.

And who appeared on our patio and totally surprised us a couple of days before the hash - yes, Maria, Brian and "our dogs," Ernie and Buddha!! 

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