Edge of the Lake
Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Where I stayed
Tahoe Valley Campground
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and, at a depth of 1645 ft, is the 2nd deepest, after Crater Lake. The Washoe tribe named this area "Da-ow-a-ga" meaning “edge of the lake.” Explorers heard this as Tahoe and the name stuck.
This was a very different experience from our last lake visit (at Crater Lake). At Tahoe, civilization encroaches along the shores of the lake. South Tahoe, where we stayed, is crowded with the usual shops and businesses, with hardly a glance of the lake. Going counter-clockwise along the lake, you next reach the Nevada side of the lake, dominated by casinos. (And no, we didn't partake – we are hanging on to our precious retirement funds!!)
To get a close up view of the lake and some of its coves, we treated ourselves to a boat tour -- complete with lunch and liquor. We really enjoyed the tour (any time we can be on water is always a good thing!) and not just because of the drinks! Views of the surrounding mountains and beautiful Emerald Bay were top highlights.
One of the most scenic drives we did wasn’t along Lake Tahoe, but nearby Taylor Creek and Fallen Leaf Lake. At Taylor Creek, Kokenee Salmon were spawning and the creek was chock full of them. Fallen Leaf Lake was a beautiful lake and we got house envy looking at the log and cedar sided homes along here. (Hmmm…maybe we should’ve tried to hit the jackpot at Harrah’s???)
Autumn here was beautiful but the most beautiful sight of all was the most spectacular sunset on our trip, which you'll see in the photos. No color enhancement with these pix - the colors were that intense.
Next stop…Yosemite National Park.