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    Photo Essay: South Lake Tahoe

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This weekend saw me in South Lake Tahoe, the second visit there in as many months, for one last snowy adventure for the season. The first, in February for my birthday, saw rain and wind the entire weekend that kept us off the mountain. And anyone who knows me knows that I’m a fair-weather adventurer, save for that time I learned to snowboard in Alberta, Canada and it was -32. So this was something of a Tahoe do-over, where expectations and hopes were high. And Tahoe didn’t disappoint. But while this has been a challenging winter for Lake Tahoe, where it’s seen some of the least snowfall in years, it didn’t disappoint, with a foot and a half of snow falling over the course of the long weekend, making it ripe for grabbing a board and hopping on a snowmobile. Below is a round-up from the weekend.

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It was three years ago this month that both my best trip and best decision to date saw its final moments on a beach in Costa Rica. Seven months prior, in my “home” of the Carolinas, following several years of struggle that came to a head with a divorce, I sold and gave away everything that couldn’t fit into a backpack, quit my job to start my own business as a freelance writer, and set out to travel the world. Life had lost its luster. In honesty, I wanted an out on life.  If there was anyway I could get out of my work, marriage, home, or life, I was looking for it. So I did. I set out on a journey, with no intended tangible or intangible destination. What resulted was seven months of travel that would change my life, taking me from what felt like an abyss, to feeling like I had been reborn, seeing life with a beauty and wonder that I’m not sure I had even seen  as a child. On that beach I felt a resolve and sense of accomplishment like I had never felt before, as if I could go home and continue on with life. Except my journey wasn’t ending. It was just beginning.

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Because it’s not the Las Vegas Strip. “Le duh Spence,” you may be saying to yourself. But hear me out. Why do people come to Vegas? For the nightlife, the gambling, the food, the shows, and the novelty of the Las Vegas Strip that is unrivaled? But it’s exactly those reasons that many people don’t like Las Vegas.

“There’s no culture.”

“Everything is so expensive.”

“It’s so touristy.”

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