Lake Tahoe: The Big Blue
Long time. It’s been crazy on this trip and I didn’t my computer with me to Tahoe. I’m kinda regretting that since the amount of work I got done there was literally zero. However, I am in love with Tahoe. I can’t wait to go back and spend some more time on the beaches and do some water sports (jet skiing & parasailing anyone???)
We drove up to Tahoe from the bay area in the morning, so around noon we took trip up to Squaw Valley. It was our first stop of the Tahoe trip. I’d read nice things about the aerial tram and the mountain view of Tahoe, so we thought it would be a great start I guess it’s off season there, so the place was pretty empty. You’d think for an old Olympic village there’d be more people. The worker told me that they we’re open for skiing right up to Memorial weekend and the summer activities weren’t up and running yet. We didn’t do too much hiking since there was still snow everywhere (ew wet), but it was quite lovely. I saw a few people who had hiked the few miles up to the top. I’m not sure if I’d be able to conquer the several miles up hill at once haha. Would love to come here to ski in the winter though. I need to stop making the habit of visiting ski resorts in the summer – the one time I went to Whistler it was also the middle of summer. Whoops.
We stayed at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge. Cute little hotel right on the beach. Nice rooms with a TV and fireplace. I honestly just loved it for the pier on the lake, great location for sunset shots. We actually booked this hotel last minute, since our original hotel didn’t allow dogs. I think it worked out for the best! I wish I had a bit more time to spend here and hang out on the beach. I managed to capture a few lovely sunset shots.
Our second day, we literally just drove in a circle around the lake. We stopped at a lot of the scenic stops along the way. I’m really sad because I really wanted to hike down to Vikingsholm and visit the bottom of Emerald Bay. Unfortunately, no dogs allowed. It’s a sad thing when you can’t bring your furry friend with you – so no hike here for me :(. However, we got some great shots from the lookout point. It’s quite a beautiful place. So blue. So so blue.
We also visited Coon Street Beach at the east end of Kings Beach at North Lake Tahoe. It wasn’t the cleanest beach, but a great alternative for us to enjoy the water and bring my dog. Seems like a lot of locals enjoy taking their dogs here to hang out in the water. Lots of people were paddle boarding and kayaking WITH THEIR DOGS. I’m honestly really fascinated by the water sports at Tahoe. Kinda awesome. As it got sunnier (and hotter) the lake got SO BLUE. It’s actually amazing how lovely this area is. The snowcapped mountains in the background are just the icing on the cake. It’s still confusing to me how it can be so hot, but there still be so much snow around.
Somewhere on the Nevada side of the lake was this fabulous look out. The lookout is quite high up, but we took the challenge and climbed the rock down near the water. I get way too much of a kick out of climbing things. It was really hot on the rocks, but I got down barefoot. ( My flip-flops felt like they were gonna break). It was well worth it. I will update if I can figure out the name of this look out.
I had really wanted to visit Chimney Beach as I have heard many good things. However, I didn’t realize how far and steep the hike was from the parking lot. Since we brought along my 80+ yr old grandma on the trip, we definitely didn’t think she was up for that hike. Next time!
Kiva Beach – South Lake Tahoe:
This place is a gem. I’m really disappointed we didn’t find it before our last day. It was kinda cold when we arrived, so I didn’t really get to do much swimming. The water was SO CLEAR. It’s designated a leashed-dog beach, but it was quiet in the morning. A few dogs and a few families came by in the hour or so we were there. I was dead set on doing more swimming with the dog, but since we didn’t plan on staying too long – we didn’t want to wait for him (and me to dry). This is definitely on my must-visit list for my next trip to Tahoe.
Overall, I’m kind of in love with Tahoe even though I didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked. Next time, I’m coming for more than a few days and definitely planning on doing more hiking and try to get out on to the water. I really think parasailing would be a fun experience ;).
Any who, I kept this brief as I’m packing and getting ready for my plane ride back to YYZ. Just wanted to do a few quick updates. I’m hoping do some “first-time in… ” guides for the places I’ve visited in Cali when I have some time when I get home. I’m going to miss this place. California is definitely one of the best places to go with plenty to do. I’ll be back soon. Next? JAYS GAME ON SATURDAY!!