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The American River + Michael Caine + Happy Links

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"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but alwayspaddling like the dickens underneath." // Michael Caine

Happy Links:

  • I haven't stopped dreaming of an Airstream life after finding the Riveted blog. So. Much. Chrome. {sigh}
  • As I mentioned several months ago, we're in the midst of planning our trip to Glacier National Park. I've been following the park's Flickr stream to keep up with their work as they get the park ready for the spring/summer season. There's still so much snow!
  • Have you all heard of Dear Photograph? The site is based completely on the idea of matching an old printed photograph to the same location in its present form. It's brilliant.

Wrap it Up:

  • I finally wrote about the process my mom and I are going through to get rid of excess and simplify our lives. Spoiler alert: it feels pretty great.
  • A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking thesecret tunnel tours at the Cal Neva Resort on Lake Tahoe. If you're at all interested in history, retro decor and conspiracy, I highly recommend you take a tour.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'll be spending a few days in the Denver area, so be sure to follow my Instagram feed {@JenSnyder} for updates!

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Cal Neva Tunnel Tours: Kitsch + Conspiracy

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I recently had the opportunity to help celebrate my cousin's birthday in Lake Tahoe and a group of us wild and crazy kids went to lunch at the Lone Eagle Grill followed by the Cal Neva Resort Spa and Casino's Secret Tunnel Tours.

Have you ever visited the Cal Neva? The resort is well-known for its glamorous and sketchy past, but the old gal has seen better days.

It's hard to believe such an infamous place has been left to deteriorate. I didn't capture much of the grit of the resort, but there was serious water damage, the grounds were a bit sad and the interior needed a lot of repair. The parking lot was nearly empty when we showed up for the 3:00 p.m. tour and, aside from a wedding, there wasn't much activity in the lobby. One of our group members also pointed out that the arcade in the lobby took up more square footage than the gaming area. The cashier windows were closed and a sign on the gift shop door noted that it was only open upon request.

That said, we could see the appeal of the place. The resort is incredibly kitschy (in a good way), the original interior and exterior features are spectacular and the people who worked there were great. The view isn't all that bad, either.

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Let's just say it is very clear that cash used to flow through the Cal Neva quite freely.

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While the tour guide took us through the hotel, around the cabin area and underground (a small network of tunnels), he started down the road of conspiracy theories. Let's face it...that's what we came for! The tour doesn't include a peek at the Frank Sinatra and Marilyn cabins, but theories like this gave us more than enough to chew on for an afternoon.

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The tunnel portion of the tour:

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Frank Sinatra's Celebrity Showroom, complete with artwork thought to be full of Illuminati symbolism:

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As we listened to the guide give us the scoop on the Rat Pack, mafia and political scandals and Marilyn, herself, we couldn't help but hope someone would come in and save the place. So much of the resort is in disrepair and a little bit of love and a whole lot of cash could return the Cal Neva to its former glory.

Well, the news came out yesterday that the resort is now under new ownership! Let's hope the new owners will preserve what's left of the Cal Neva's lively past for future generations to enjoy.

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Anyone else fascinated by the Cal Neva's celebrity/mafia/political past? If you've ever visited or stayed at the resort, I'd love to hear your stories!

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