Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lake Tahoe

Having stayed close to home yesterday, we were anxious to get out and stretch our legs a bit today.  Being the day before the beginning of the holiday weekend, we thought it in our best interest to find a trail we could get to early before the parking lots began to fill up.  We ended up going back to the trailhead at Spooner summit.  Today, however, we did not hike around the lake, but took the Tahoe Rim Trail north for about 2.5 miles.  This was approximately a mile farther than we had gone before.  This is a beautiful hike with several superb views, both of Carson Valley and of Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe, by the way, is a freshwater, alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains straddling the California Nevada border.  It is the largest alpine lake in the country measuring 22 miles long and 12 miles wide.  It is the second deepest alpine lake, second only to Crater Lake in Oregon.  (We’ll go there from here).  

When we got to the trailhead, there were two cars in the parking lot, but we did not see anyone until we were on our way back.  We saw several people on the return trip and the parking lot was full when we got there.  It was good we got an early start.

We have enjoyed these short 3, 4 or 5 mile hikes we have been doing.  We can get an early start, take our time and enjoy the scenery, have an early lunch from a breath-taking vista, and be home in the early afternoon with time to relax before dinner.  Relaxing is what’s next on our agenda.

Tomorrow we are planning a trip to Reno to the Apple Store.  The time has come for a new computer.

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