Monday, September 5, 2016

Alex's Circumnavigation Of Lake Tahoe


Love Theme From Twin Peaks

Composer:  Angelo Badalamenti





For this Sunday's long drive...
even though it was Labor Day weekend...
I had Alex drive to Lake Tahoe...
and I had him completely drive around it, and then drive back home again
(159 miles...and over 5 driving hours).

We departed at about 3:15 PM.

There were several sections of our route which were packed with cars.

I wanted Alex to experience holiday traffic in a tourist area.

This way when he takes his family to places...
he will know to avoid them during the holidays  :)




I had Alex take the Mt. Rose route (Hwy 431).

I have been having Alex practice this particular route for this week's practice sessions...
up until the summit.

However...
this was the first time Alex had driven past the summit on this route.



















 Alex had driven very well, the whole of his long drive.


We are getting ready to enter the South Lake Tahoe Casino area here.


This hotel casino used to be called Ceaser's Palace.

This is where my wife and I had stayed 
the night after we had gotten married at Lake Tahoe...
many years ago.



Alex then drove up the Western Lake Tahoe portion.











There were many holiday activities at Lake Tahoe.

It was as crowded as I have ever experienced it at Lake Tahoe.

All of the lookout points were packed with people.

This is why we almost always go to Lake Tahoe during the weekdays...
and usually off season.

It is almost empty during these times.








It had gotten bumper to bumper for a little while in the Northern Lake Tahoe area.


It later opened up and became less hectic.

Alex had handled the cross tourist pedestrian traffic in town...
as well as the half hour, or so, of beep and creep.




 After driving completely around Lake Tahoe...
we arrived at our starting point...
and took Hwy 431 back home.




We stopped in at the Lake Tahoe lookout point on the drive home.








Alex had good command of his mountain gears...
and all other aspects of his driving.

He had driven safely...
and he was respectful of all other drivers.


We arrived in Reno...hungry.


There is a Crab Fest going on at Red Lobster...
so, that is where Alex wanted to eat.


My wife and I shared a lobster pizza for an appetizer.

My wife then ordered a large portion of crab...
most of which we took back home.

After we ate the pizza...
and after I had eaten six biscuits...
I couldn't eat much of my meal...
so I also took it to go.


Alex ordered the crab cake and sirloin steak combo...
with a plate of King Crab on the side.


And he then polished off a big dessert.


It was after 10 PM when we finally got home.

Everyone was tired...very tired.

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Alex got some valuable holiday traffic driving experience.

We won't be going on long drives every weekend...
but I will try to fit in as many as I can before the weather gets too cold.


I will be wrapping up Alex's 6th week of driving with mountain driving.

We will return to Highway merge practice during week 7...
and once a week will be devoted to rush hour city driving...
to keep his close quarter combat driving skills honed  :)









2 comments:

  1. I think the hardest part for me would be to not be distracted by all the beautiful scenery! When Alex is driving, are you able to relax and enjoy the views at all?

    Alex is getting great practice with all the mountain driving. And good for him to experience the traffic with all the tourists, too. Loved your line... "he will know to avoid them during the holidays" Ha!

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  2. Yes, I am free to take more photos as well. Alex has very good basic driving skills, especially in keeping his following distance far enough to allow plenty of reaction time. I also monitor his driving through my body, so, through mere peripheral vision and car acceleration, coasting, or braking at appropriate times, I can relax more. My wife can also relax more when we practice, knowing how far he has progressed in his driving skills.

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