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Happy Holidays from Stanford Sierra Camp!

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12 16, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Snow on the ground and local holiday activities help get all of us here in beautiful Lake Tahoe into the holiday spirit.  We're fortunate to be surrounded by forest in need of thinning, so just a few minutes from home, we can traipse out into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree.

My guys, Oscar and Jason with the family Christmas tree

Probably my favorite holiday tradition is compliments of the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.  The firefighters decorate one engine, then cruise the neighborhoods in the evenings blaring Christmas music and handing out candy canes.  It's so exciting to hear the music and run outside to see the truck coming down the street!

You can't see me, but Oscar and I are there!

For the second year in a row, the Barton Foundation put on the Festival of Trees and Lights, a weekend full of holiday activities. The Polar Express was one piece that was a huge hit with attending families.  After loading on the trains (decorated school buses), the families sang Christmas carols en route to the Red Hut where tumblers tumbled and elves served cocoa to the sound of the "Hot, Hot, we got it!" 'Hot Chocolate' song from the Polar Express motion picture.

Elves with hot chocolate

The next stop was the 'North Pole' (Mont Bleu) with a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees as the backdrop for Mrs. Claus's reading of the 'Polar Express', a visit from Santa, then each child received a bell.

Mrs. Claus with a Polar Express conductor

My coworkers and I are fortunate to work on the same schedule as Stanford University and the alumni association, so we will be out of the office after  Friday, December 17 and return on Monday, January 3.  I'm looking forward to spending time with family and enjoying the great outdoors in California.  Happy holidays to you and best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

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Some Historic Photos of Stanford Sierra Camp

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12 03, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What we now call the Old Lodge was built in 1932 as the Fallen Leaf Lodge.

The original Fallen Leaf Lodge

The Price family took summer bookings, and beginning in 1953, a portion of the summer was set aside as "camp time" for Stanford alumni.

Ladies enjoying the comfortable Old Lodge

The "camp time" continued until the Stanford Alumni Association coordinated the creation of the Stanford Camp Association in 1959.  Sierra Camp was now officially part of the Stanford family.

Guests enjoying time outdoors on the deck

Some things have changed in the past 50 years, but others have stayed the same.  Guests still relax on the deck, chatting and reading newspapers, but not so many smoke cigarettes these days!  Sierra Camp families still enjoy boating and the sing-a-long at the beach bonfire.

Rowing with storm clouds brewing over Angora Ridge

Bonfire at Baby Beach with s'mores

Over the years, we continue to improve and modernize the Camp buildings and amenities while maintaining the mountain retreat flavor, so our guests can enjoy a comfortable stay and the traditional Camp activities in our beautiful setting on Fallen Leaf Lake.

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