No one needed to tell me that travel improves mental health.
So, when I was offered an opportunity to work from Lake Tahoe (a place I’d never been), I said, “Hell yeah!”
Leaving temps of 100+ degrees (and the kitchen counter, my pandemic “desk”) was rather appealing.
The trip wasn’t planned far in advance, but the fact that it was spontaneous contributed to the excitement.
Among the highlights of the week, I:
- Indulged in great (varied) hiking: From calm lakefront treks to rocky heart-pounding climbs, the area has something for everyone. I downloaded AllTrails, which made me feel like a real outdoorswoman (as opposed to a NYC chick who grew up thinking that a walk from the East Village to the Upper East Side was a hike. According to my trusty Fitbit, I burned about 2,000-3,000 calories daily which allowed me to do the next thing….
- Discovered Jack in the Box tacos. Food is an important part of every Bleisure LivingR trip. Although I consumed Thai, BBQ, sushi, salad, and Mexican cuisine, the crunchy fast-food delicacies are well worth the 300+ calories (and $1.19). How could I have lived this long without ever having had one?
- Was super-productive when I needed to work. Sometimes a change of scenery can be energizing. And maybe the high altitude had something to do with it too.
- Found out that hiking poles are considered weapons and are not allowed in carry-on baggage. But all ended well. After checking them in a big plastic bag for my flight from Phoenix, I bought a cool red “stuff sack” for $10 in Nevada and packed all my hiking gear in it. I still had to check it, but it’s now my official hiking equipment (and dangerous weapon) bag. Every trip should have at least one memorable souvenir.
I’m writing this from the cute little “Escape Lounge” at Reno Airport. I’m not sure what I’m escaping from, but it’s a very civilized environment with really fast wi-fi and free food and beverages. That Amex Platinum card is definitely worth the fee!
My flight is delayed about two hours, but I’m not feeling at all stressed.
And THAT is always the best sign of a great bleisure trip!hikinglake tahoevacation