My last Tahoe trip post.. (insert frowny face). I will miss the scenic mountains, fresh air and serene outdoors. Notice how I didn’t mention the cold wind, icy steps or pretentious ski resort employees. :) This last batch of photos came from an early outing with Eve to catch the sun rise on Donner Lake. We woke up at 5:45 a.m. and set off on the mountain road to our destination – a high vista point looking down at the lake. This was the first sign of color in the sky other than the heavy blue haze that surrounded us. Donner Summit Bridge The sun finally breaks through the clouds. A pretty view of Donner Lake on the way back to the cabin. This reminded us that sometimes the best shots are the unplanned ones! Historic downtown Truckee in the evening. I hope they keep those twinkle lights on year round. Thank you Lake Tahoe, Truckee and to our friends for the great memories!
It was a relaxing day at the cabin, and I almost didn’t make it to King’s Beach, Lake Tahoe, for this sunset. In fact, we missed the sun setting, but I was rewarded with beautiful twilight and dusk light. Enjoy! These white clouds even looked “painted on” in person. Lucky pup, he gets to run around in Lake Tahoe for his evening jog. What a life! One of my favorite pictures.
After spending a couple of days on the slopes, we thought we’d take a break to explore more of Lake Tahoe’s beauty. Enter Sand Harbor State Park, a recommended spot by our hosts and only a short 48-minute drive away. What a treat! The water was blue, green and clear all at the same time. I read somewhere that objects can generally be seen on the bottom in 70 feet of water. We actually climbed onto these rock formations. I was very paranoid about my camera, but we made it out of there alive! Factoid: The lake stays at a constant 39 degrees near the bottom and can warm up to 68 degrees along the shore. Big and beautiful. Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. I could’ve stayed there all day. And you can thank my husband for this last picture who exclaimed to me, “Airplane, airplane! Take a picture of the airplane!” :) *UPDATE: March 6, 2012* Freshly pressed for the second time!! I’m speechless! Thank you WordPress Team and …
A week in the mountains can make you appreciate the simpler things in life. A good book, a warm seat by the fire and hot buttered rum is all you need. Good company doesn’t hurt either! Jay and I spent a week in Donner Lake, Truckee, Calif., to mainly ski, but we also got to explore the surrounding areas. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip. We flew into Reno, Nev., and drove into California. Charming historic downtown Truckee. Truckee is famous for the Donner Party ordeal. After a ski day, we drove to Commons Beach Park in Tahoe City. This was our first look at Lake Tahoe up close. She’s a beauty! Skipping rocks. Pristine. Lake Tahoe is 1,645 ft deep and has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet. Sunset on Donner Lake – worth the treacherous icy steps that Eve and I put ourselves through to get to the dock. More to come!