Tahoe CMas Vacay – Day 1

The trip from Carpinteria to Tahoe, via Sacramento, on Friday was super easy.  We flew Southwest Airlines out of Burbank, and loaded up the back airplane stairs, per usual.  I explained to Lucy and Ro that although we get our seats a bit faster by using the back stairs, since other airports don’t de-plane from the rear, we end up being some of the last to de-plane.  To my great surprise, Sacramento airport used 2 sets of stairs to de-plane.  Awesome!

We are staying at The Lodge At Lake Tahoe, in South Lake Tahoe.  We are about a 10 minute walk from Stateline, NV,  It is a bit strange, being in a place that doesn’t have any Christmas decorations in the rooms.  On Saturday, Roly and I needed to do some last minute shopping and other than that, we didn’t have any other plans.  So, inspired by one of the mini stories in Dragon’s Merry Christmas by Dav Pilkey, we got some art supplies and a bag of multi-colored candy, and decided to make our own Christmas decorations.  We made 2 Christmas wreaths, and 1 Christmas tree.  We used candy as the decorations for the tree and color in the wreaths.  Even Max jumped in to help out.

Tahoe Christmas decorations craft party

Tahoe Christmas decorations craft party

Pleased with the results

Very pleased with the results

Tahoe Christmas Decorations from Matt Theule on Vimeo.

Project Appleseed with Lucy

A while back, I took Max to an Project Appleseed event.  Now, it is Lucy’s turn.

This past weekend Lucy and I participated in a 2-day rifle marksmanship clinic with Project Appleseed. It was hosted at California Tactical Academy. In the days leading up to the event, Lucy politely expressed her displeasure at having her whole weekend taken up.

While we were there, we learned rifle safety and proper shooting techniques.  The weekend also has a focus on our heritage as Americans, and that heritage is explored around the context of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the events of April 19, 1775, a day that some call the most important day in American history.

Lucy at Appleseed

Lucy on the firing line

Bub on the firing line

Bub on the firing line with one of the instructor’s tricked out Ruger 10/22

One of the goals of the event is to score at least 210 points (out of 250) to qualify as an ‘expert’ rifleman. There are lower levels of qualifications, and Lucy qualified as a markswoman. I qualified as a sharpshooter. We both have plenty of room for improvement.

The range dog, Bear, was the recipient of tons of Lucy affection. Lucy also practiced driving on the private dirt road.


Lucy and Bear

Lucy and Bear


Lucy driving




At the end of the weekend, Lucy said to me, “Thanks for making me go to this”.