Not wanting to sit around the home fires all day, we packed our lunch and got in the truck for a drive. Our wanderings took us, of course, across US 50 to Hwy 28 which we took up the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. We stopped at an overlook near the northern shore. With the dark clouds looming overhead, the normally calm, blue of Lake Tahoe took on a more ominous appearance.
From this overlook, we quickly got into the developed area of the north shore. On the Nevada side is the small community of Incline Village. This small settlement got its start during the mid 1800s when the entire area was a source of timber for the mines. Timber off these slopes was moved by incline railway to the top of the mountain where gravity took over and the logs slid down the other side on flumes of water ending up in Spooner Lake.
Today, Incline Village is a sleepy little community of upscale homes, condos, and vacation rental units with a great view and easy access to the lake. There is a very small retail district which is tucked away out of view of the casual tourist making this a rather secluded and private area for the locals.
|We enjoyed all the old motel signs|
After our short walk about town, we stepped into a bakery for a morning treat and a cup of coffee. We had a nice chat with the owner, whom I assumed was also the pastry chef. My raspberry danish was good, but not outstanding. Gene liked his buttermilk donut stick, but would have gotten a croissant if he hadn’t gotten so hasty with his ordering.
In an effort to see more of the countryside, we drove home by way of Hwy 431 into Reno. This route took us past Tahoe Meadow then over the mountain at Mt Rose summit (elevation 8900 ft). The meadow was beautiful with lingering snow at the perimeter. Gene got out for a walk around, but didn’t go far. The air was too cold and the wind too strong for a walk to be pleasant. We stopped at the parking area just below Mt. Rose summit. This turned out to be our picnic spot for today. We sat in the truck and watched it snow as we ate our sandwiches.
|Ski Resort is closed for the season|
Now, at nearly 4 pm, the skies are finally clearing. The forecast calls for more of the same tomorrow. I guess we’ll figure out what to do tomorrow in the morning.