Next we stopped at Walmart for numbing cream from my mouth because I had destroyed my lip by biting it while we were camping (accidentally) and was being caused ridiculous amounts of pain by such a small injury. We ended up finding cheap shoes all around and probably some other things, too, because we never leave Wal-Mart with only the item we originally intended to buy.
We still had time in our day, so we decided to visit Mormon Station and the tiny town of Genoa. Mormon Station was the first permanent settlement in northern Nevada. And, as you may have guessed, it was settled by the Mormons. Ryan and I really enjoyed the Station and the kids really enjoyed the tiny maps of Genoa they came away with. Genoa itself is adorable. We walked Main Street and eventually ended up at a park, where the trees and shade and gorgeous weather made me seriously wonder why on earth we live on the surface of the sun.
By now, 4:00 was nigh and we were all ready to go. We drove up the ridiculous Kingsbury Grade and just like that we were in Tahoe! We got to the house and were greeted by pretty much everyone. The kids were immediately off in various escapades with their cousins while the parents decided on sleeping arrangements and got all the bags in. The house was HUGE--5 stories maybe?--and had tons of land to explore. It also had an indoor pool, which made all the kids very, very happy. That first night we talked for hours while the kids partied hard. This would be a recurring theme throughout the week.