We got on the road late in the morning, the sun just beginning to warm up for the day. Knowing the weather wasn’t favorable in Lake Tahoe, we timed our departure with our hotel check-in time, trying to avoid waiting as much as possible. One of my favorite parts of a road trip is the evolution of scenery, like watching a movie unfold through the windshield. We drove from the Central Valley into the hills, through the mountains, climbing up to above 7,000 feet in elevation. The rain began as we slowly descended into South Lake Tahoe, tracing every curve of eastbound highway 50 along the way. We checked into our hotel and got settled just as the rain started to intensify. An impressive downpour of hail, thunder, and lightening led to the most vibrant sunset I’ve yet to witness. Take that, Alaska!