Cushing Crossing + Homemade Monopoly


Posted by Lauren

**Our hearts go out to the runners, spectators, and volunteers involved with the Boston Marathon. We are so relieved that our Aunt Patty safely crossed the finish line.**

This weekend included a lot of sleep and relaxation while at our cabin in Tahoe. I like to think my sleep levels are topped off and ready for this sleepless week ahead. Bring on the caffeine!


Instead of skiing on dirt (there is hardly any snow left), I wrote the 9 things blog post while Kyle, Todd, Linda, and Bradley tore up the slopes for 40 minutes. They returned to the car after two runs and Linda described the snow as “donkey.” We had a more compelling reason to be at Squaw though… The 23rd Annual Cushing Crossing. Dubbed “the best event of the spring season,” this ritual pond skimming event challenges participants to cross the chilly waters of Cushing Pond on skis, a snowboard, or any other contraption. A celebrity judging panel, hilarious emcees, a large crowd, and 50+ adventurers take part in the event. I’ll let the photos do the talking…..

cushing crossing squaw valley 2013

After the hilarity of Cushing Crossing, we drove back to Truckee and picked up food. Once we arrived at the cabin, I changed into my running shoes and set out on a 6-mile loop. I ran, walked, and hiked for about 1:15… the views were spectacular (and I found my dream house)!

tahoe donner dream house

I arrived at the cabin (not ^ that ^ cabin… I wish!), showered, and joined everyone for dinner. We had zucchini-wrapped goat cheese, shrimp cocktail, and a sesame-ginger chicken + veggie stir-fry. Someone suggested we play Monopoly – only problem was that the game box at the cabin was missing the entire board. Linda and Jess got crafty and literally constructed a Monopoly board from scratch so we could all play.


Everything was fine and dandy until this guy secured Boardwalk and Park Place:


Your eyes do not deceive you… that is an antique Blackberry in the above photo…. Anywho, I gave up on the game after paying $1500 rent for landing on Park Place with a hotel. Damn you, Todd!

make your own monopoly board


We all slept in and slowly packed up our stuff. Kyle and I were the first ones on the road… we had brunch plans at a place in Colfax called Dine ‘n’ Dash Cafe¬†(on Yelp too). The restaurant was adorable, with antiques on every surface and a beautiful outdoor patio.

dine n dash cafe colfax

I chose the cinnamon sugar waffle with bananas and whipped cream + extra crispy bacon. Kyle ordered the carnitas breakfast burrito (but the waitress messed up and gave him someone else’s chorizo breakfast burrito). Both of our choices were pretty darn good and I’d definitely recommend this local spot for anyone between Sacramento and Reno.

Back in the Bay Area, my first stop was at the gym for a decent 6 mile run/walk. The 24 hour fitness has a set of treadmills with TVs attached to them, but the channel selection is pretty terrible. Luckily I had this face to stare at ….

adam scott golf masters green jacket

Oh, hi!

Adam Scott Masters Win 18th Hole

More on Sunday later!

Questions: Would you ever compete in a pond skimming event?
Did you follow the Masters’ golf tournament this weekend?
What’s your all-time favorite board game?
When you play Monopoly, is there a certain game piece you always want to be?
(I like the iron and the hat)


Comments (4)

  1. Janice - Fitness Cheerleader

    Yikes! Will eating a cinnamon sugar waffle with bananas and whipped cream + extra crispy bacon make me as speedy as you? Holy! I swear I feel like I volunteered to be the tribute for our district by being runner #3 – You and I should switch, you’re far speedier than me!

    It looks like you had a fantastic weekend! Mine was pretty boring in comparison, though I did manage to take my kids on an 8 mile run, oldest rode her bike, middle rode her scooter (and ran!) while the youngest sat in the jogging stroller cheering us on. As I’ve built up my endurance, so have they. Favourite game? UNO. Masters? Yep – I watched Friends with Kids on my iPad and folded laundry while hubby folded next to me watching the Masters on the TV.

    Have a great week!
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  2. Sonia the Mexigarian

    The Dine N Dash Cafe looks like a fun cozy place. and, um, that waffle looks delicious. I haven’t had a chance to explore up that way of CA much. I’ll add it to my list of places to go :)

    I can’t stand monopoly. I’m not good with money and I always lose. Ha. But when I do play I like being the dog, or the wheelbarrow.
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  3. Kyle

    Is that a bear attached to that person’s back?

  4. Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers

    The only events I would participate from this post are the dog skiing and competitive breakfast consumption.

    MAJOR props to the homemade monopoly board. Seriously, I am impressed with the dedication to board gamery.
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