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Pollen or no pollen

Isaac Brambila

I had initially only noticed the dust when it began gathering on the dashboard in my car.

I thought it unusual, but I’d been driving my family around all weekend with the windows down, so I attributed it to that. It is a luxury I relish, weather warm enough to be able to enjoy the air rushing through the rolled down windows, swirling around my car and giving my head and face a subtle massage only attainable during the summer months. More important is the limited heat that makes walking around town or cruising round in my car an experience that is still enjoyable. I do not miss hellish mid-summer days in Lake County and Chico when rolling my window down made the driving experience worse and not better.

But after a couple of days my car was covered in a caking yellow dust that gathered around any part of the surface anyone touched, like criminal-finding fingerprinting dust.

For a few days after pollen started floating around the air, being in Tahoe was physically a little uncomfortable. Dealing with a tickling nose the entire day, getting home with an overall unclean feeling, driving a car that looks like the site of a bee party was short of ideal. And still, absolutely wonderful.

The truth is that even through those slight inconveniences, I’m ecstatic that summer is here.

I’ve known of Tahoe’s beauty since the moment I arrived here in August. Saying otherwise would have been like pretending not to like the prettiest girl in high school simply because everyone else likes her.

In November, I was excited to see the snow, and even though we didn’t get much this year, I fell in love with this place every time the slightest white dusting came around.

But in all honesty, nothing beats the summer. It is quite a surprise that I could like this place more than I already do. It is difficult not to feel guilty when I‘m hanging out indoors and the days look like they have in the past week.

I love the overall feel of the town. It reminds of the beach culture close to the coast of my hometown. But Tahoe has a twist that’s endearing in its own right.

I’m looking forward to bike rides and days at the beach, and hikes, and walks, and Thursday afternoon shows on the shore.

So bring it on summer, pollen or no pollen, I still love you.

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