I have a special place in my heart for Truckee, CA. Why is it one of my favorite places, you ask? Well, besides it’s obvious beauty, I spent many years of my childhood with my maternal grandparents at their cabin there. Some of my most fond memories as a child were from my time in the mountains; whether it was sledding down the long driveway after a snowstorm, or fishing for crawdads with chopped up hot dogs at the Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina. There were also many evenings my grandma and I would play Yahtzee in front of the large living room window as the thunderstorms rolled by.