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May 22, 2014 / JustinKays Porter

Bocce and Boca in Truckee

What to do with two newbies in Truckee? The usual, of course. Garage sale-ing, fishing, bocce and tasting at the local winery, campfires, walking the dogs, jet-skiing at the lake. Life can be really hard sometimes…

Wine, bocce, doggies, and love is all you need :)

Wine, bocce, doggies, and love is all you need 🙂

Last fall, we took our friends Nick and Jess up to Truckee to visit Nancy and Dirk.  We had a great weekend doing the above mentioned items, and in general eating too much good food, drinking too much good wine, and loving every minute of it!

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The girls went garage sale-ing while the boys went fishing. Sadly, I don’t have any photos of either activity, but let’s just say they were both successful endeavors!  Saturday afternoon we spent at the Truckee Winery, enjoying good wine, great games of bocce, and even better company.

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I think there is a little hop to that toss…

Now there is some professional bocce form

Now there is some professional bocce form

I did mention there was drinking involved, right?

I did mention there was drinking involved, right?

It is worth mentioning that Nick and Jess have a basset hound (Dodger) and Nancy and Dirk have a beagle (Toomba), and I’m really sad that I didn’t get a picture of them next to each other. Dodger looks like a stretched out version of Toomba… who knew that a basset hound and a beagle would be exactly the same height? There was never a morsel of food left unfound for more than 0.5 seconds. And they were highly entertaining.

I don't think Dodger was too impressed by the wine and bocce.

I don’t think Dodger was too impressed by the wine and bocce.

Another side note about the random connections we all have to Kankakee, Illinois.  Before the side note, all of you unfamiliar with Kankakee should know that it is a small town (population in the year 2000: 27,000) that you have most likely never heard of and should probably know nothing about. No offense intended to the Kankakee-ites. Back to the random connection. Nancy was born and raised in Kankakee. Grandma Webster still lives there, and came to visit us last summer. My Grannie Annie lived there for a very short while during her formative years. If that wasn’t enough, Jess’s stepmom also grew up in Kankakee! And because it’s a small town, of course one of Nancy’s best friends married Jess’s stepmom’s brother. If you didn’t follow all that, don’t worry about. Chances are I got it wrong, and I definitely left out some details. Needless to say, Nancy and Jess had a great time getting to know each other and sharing stories of loved ones.

Kankakee connection!

Kankakee connection!

Sunday, we loaded up the jet-skis and took off for Boca Reservoir. Oh, you thought I meant Lake Tahoe when I said we took the jet-skis to the lake? We couldn’t give these two everything on their first time to Truckee; maybe next time!

The best part about Boca? You can drive right in to the water if you want. No need to worry about parking, and the truck made a great wind break!

The best part about Boca? You can drive right in to the water if you want. No need to worry about parking, and the truck made a great wind break!

If you can’t tell by the photos, the wind was not our friend on Sunday. We still had a great time, alternating between jet-skiing and bundling up in sweatshirts and beach towels.

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I think I speak for all of us when I say I can’t wait for summers in the Sierras. I know everyone loves to go snowboarding and skiing (okay, maybe not this year), but the summers are my favorite up there. Warm days, cool nights, mountains, lakes, wildflowers, wine, bocce, campfires… how can you go wrong? Cheers, until next time 🙂

Yes, we have neon mustaches on occasion

Yes, we have neon mustaches on occasion

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  1. nancywporter / May 22 2014 11:41 pm

    You got the Kankakee relationships all correct! Keep the blogs coming. Love them!

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