Friday, December 30, 2016

A Day At Lake Tahoe / Heavenly Valley


Song:  The Paris Match

Group:  The Style Council (Tracey Thorn Version)


My wife had told me that there was to be an ice festival at Heavenly Valley at Lake Tahoe.

As we were to go on the first day of a 5 day festival...
and as the day was supposed to be sunny with a chance of snow storms 
on the following days...
we had thought it best to go early.

What I had not taken into account was that the temperatures...
while in the 40s F...had made it too warm for them to lay out the ice sculptures
on that first day.

And as it had turned out...
only one was on display when we arrived.

As the previous week in Reno
the daily temperature was around 19 degrees F...
I hadn't thought about a possibility of a winter heat wave
on the day we were supposed to see the ice sculptures.

As there was the possibility of unmelted ice on the roads...
I drove the whole day.






We had arrived at Heavenly Valley and walked around for a bit.

Alex had not been feeling well.
He felt nauseated and I had initially attributed it to motion sickness.
I thought that some walking around in the fresh air would make him feel better.


The lone ice sculpture.



We ate lunch at a Hawaiian themed restaurant.


Alex couldn't even finish his Caterpillar Roll.

We had originally planned to go up to the top of a nearby mountain on a gondola...
and then go to Sand Harbor to watch the sunset...
however, as Alex was still feeling nauseated...
we decided to just go back home after lunch.

I also changed our route back home to a longer, but far less curvy one.

Alex felt much better on our new route home
(I skirted Lake Tahoe and took the Northern route to the Hwy...
thereby eliminating the curvy mountain roads).






We are at King's Beach here.
This was just before the Hwy junction which led to the major Hwy to Reno.

We made this stop for Alex to get some fresh air to settle his stomach before we continued...
and for us to take a bathroom break.

As soon as Alex felt better...
we then went back home.


As I had been used to temperatures in the teens...
the unseasonable 40 degree weather was making me feel uncomfortable warm.


As it had turned out...
even after Alex had gotten home...
he still felt nauseated.

We just had Alex rest and then go to bed early.

Last night...
his mother had stayed up all night watching over him...
and I had checked up on him several times throughout the night also.

As he had no other objective symptoms other than nausea...
I had gone to an all night drugstore to pick up a variety of anti-nausea medications.

Although Alex hadn't vomited...
he still felt nauseated.

Alex has the best immune system in our family.

It is rare for him to even get a cold.

For him to feel this way with no apparent cause, very much worried us.

The only thing I can think of is that he had picked up some sort of stomach flu
as a result of him staying up too much during finals week...
which had then weakened his immune system.

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This is the second night...
and Alex is sleeping now...
and his mother is still watching over him.

He said he felt better...
but he still a felt a little nauseated.

We will be having Alex rest until he feels fully recovered.

We have not been exercising lately because I knew this would 
have been too much for his body to recover from because of his
recent increase in study hours.

We will certainly not allow Alex to stay up so late studying in the future...
no matter how much he wishes to
(Alex will sometimes sneak out to his computer late at night
to continue with his studies  :)


While I applaud his intellectual warrior spirit...
he must realize that when his health fails as a result of his late night endeavors...
it will take away more hours from his study time than he had accumulated...
thereby, rendering his efforts moot.


The lesson for him to realize:

Anything which goes against the health of the body
is something which must not be done as a long term solution...
as the plan must eventually collapse...and so must the person.


This goes for anything involving the basic three:

A Nutritious Diet

Exercise 
(coupled with proper recuperation to allow supercompensation to take effect)

Deep Restorative Sleep



The Basic Three must be sacrosanct.

They must be lived by if a person is to realize his full potential
for health and happiness.


I will be far more diligent to ensure Alex lives by these rules in the future.

















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