This is a brief diversion.

We arrived a couple of hours ago at our vacation home, cabin, chalet – whatever — and I've got snow on the brain; since I had to dig and dig and dig, just to clear the stairs up to the thing, a clerestory style of construction, and then I had to dig and shovel more just to get to the water access.

My brother will be up here tomorrow, staying at his friend's cabin. But he'll be around plenty enough, as I have a bottle of Maker's and one of The Glenlivet (I prefer The McCallan (12; over 18), but 'tis was is). Not that he's a lush, but I'll encourage him, so I can be. It's a vacation, we'll be here a week, and I've been damn good for the last week. I'll be pretty paleo in food (we brought 5 pounds of of tri-tip and 6 of ribs — and there's a great butcher around for the other numerous things I shall require). I will blog food porn, rest assured, but I plan also on enjoying distilled spirits. Yep.

My bro's in South Lake Tahoe at the moment, a mere hour from where we all grew up, in Reno; so we all know the area well. Still, you can't get enough of a view like this, one I've seen a number of times from the same perspective, live. It's from the lookout at Heavenly, the name of the largest ski resort up there, and my favorite.


Button pusher that I am, here was my email reply:

"That's why it's called Heavenly. Enjoy now. That's as good as it gets; in life – or death."

Regular blogging resumes tomorrow. I've got a week of free time and it could be a firestorm of posts — as it has been in the past during these excursions. No guarantee or promise, but I'm looking forward to it.

And now, my glass of The Glenlivet appears to be empty…

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 10:38

    Thanks, billy-jay, and I may even take in a brew or two. There's a good brew pub a mere 2 minutes away, the aptly named Snowshoe Brewery.

  2. billy-jay on December 29, 2008 at 04:16

    Wow. Enjoy the vacation, Rich.

  3. Pam Maltzman on December 29, 2008 at 04:39

    I guess this is nitpicking, Richard, but I believe that the architectural detail to which you refer is "clerestory," not "clear story." And it's my guess that you were clearing stairs, not stars.

  4. J on December 29, 2008 at 11:32

    Wow that looks very nice indeed. Richard, have you ever been to Minnesota? Its cold up there, but not scenic, haha. Its nice that you can still eat paleo. I am out in sunny San Diego, for the week. Ill still get my share of meat, seafood, fruit, veggies, and will be grainfree.

  5. Dr Dan on December 29, 2008 at 03:52

    Absolutely beautfiul!!!! Where I am its sunny as it is summer. i bet that sounds weird. We have bbq's for christmas.

  6. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 08:17

    Thanks for the heads up. I'll fix now.

  7. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 10:36

    I was in Perth once during winter (August).

  8. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 12:34

    I spent Xmas just about 30 minutes north of San Diego, in Vista, CA — just to the east of Oceanside. We did the 8hr drive up here yesterday.

    Have only been in the airport in Minneapolis, on route to & from Green Bay. Of course, the scenery in Wisconsin is probably very similar, although Door county is quite scenic.

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