Mountain Mama

Trip Start May 26, 2009
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Trip End May 30, 2009


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Mountain Cabin found on vrbo.com

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dave was less than impressed with our cabin. We drove into a neighborhood with hundreds of big, beautiful mountain cabins and were not too thrilled to find ours was the smallest and oldest in the bunch. However, having said that, I didn't think it was too bad. It was quaint and clean and perfectly fine, just not what we had hoped from the website. But, it was really nice to have our own house. My favorite part about the cabin was the loft in the A-frame of the house. It was like having a secret slumber party in the attic. Dave and I, of course, slept in the twin beds up there, rather than in the master bedroom downstairs. Our heads were inches from the wood A-frame of the house, but I love fun little sleeping areas like that. It reminds me of building a fort when I was a kid.

Lake Tahoe really is as beautiful as they say!  The water is mostly a deep, gorgeous blue, at least when then sun is shining.  And in Emerald Bay at one corner of the lake the water looks more like a beautiful emerald color, so excellent!  The lake is gigantic, the second largest alpine lake in the world.  It's 22 miles long and 12 miles wide and especially when you get a view lengthwise it's really amazing to see how big it is.  And it's a natural lake!  Not man-made.  The lake is ringed by high peaks that still had snow on them during our trip, adding to the beauty.  The sun was shining in the mornings when we were there but the area clouded over in the afternoons.  You can check out Lake Tahoe factoids here: http://ceres.ca.gov/tcsf/tahoe-local/facts.html

Our favorite part of Lake Tahoe was the hike we did the first night we arrived. We went in the evening at twilight when there were no other hikers around, so we felt like we had the mountain to ourselves. It was wonderfully quiet, peaceful and tranquil. A few steps into the hike, we came across a bridge that ran over the rushing waterfall that feeds into the main Lake Tahoe a few hundred yards down the mountain. The force of the water as it rushes past is really powerful. You can really feel the intensity of nature. Once we walked past the bridge, we climbed a fairly steep incline and then walked across a plateau of rock. The views from this height were amazing. We could see the waterfall cascading down the mountain through the trees. After about 30 minutes, we reached Eagle Lake, a still and beautiful lake about 50 yards across hidden in the woods. There was no one else around. The only sound was the sound of the lake feeding into the river, which then carried the water rushing down the mountain. The water was so clear, you could see clear to the bottom. We wanted to continue hiking, but it was getting late and we didn't want to get caught up on the mountain after dark. So, we reluctantly headed back to the base.

The next day, we hiked the lower portion of the same waterfall, which ran from the highway down to Lake Tahoe itself. The stretch of waterfall just below the highway was more than double the width of the one we saw the night before and twice as powerful. At the bottom of this hike, near Lake Tahoe is a mansion built in the 1920s. It's now a museum, which we didn't have time to see, but I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to live there and look out at the water everyday.

Other than that, the rest of our tour of Lake Tahoe included a quick stint in the hot tub Saturday morning, which was very relaxing and nice, and also dinner at a great vegetarian restaurant called Freshies. We were surprised and delighted to find such a great restaurant with so many great dishes for us! There was also a great health-food store in Tahoe City where we bought enough food to last us the rest of our stay. One of the nice things about staying in our own cabin is that we have a kitchen where we can make our own food.
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