“It’s a little warmer if you keep coming further in,” my dad beckons to Abby and me as we dared to enter the cold water.
We’d been enjoying the beautiful scenery at Lake Tahoe while reading our books, but it wasn’t until the end of our visit that Abby, Caroline and I decided to brave the elements and get all the way in. And even though the water was chilly and we didn’t stay in for very long, it was definitely worth the plunge. It’s not every day that we get to swim in something so clean and pretty, even if it is a bit chilly.
Out of all of the places we’ve been so far on this trip, I think Lake Tahoe has been my favorite. This huge fresh water lake is crystal clear and displays a beautiful blue color that gets either darker blue or greener depending on the depth of the water. Picturesque mountains encircle the lake, their rocks providing perfect places for people to jump off into the lake. In the distance we could see where the ski trails would be during the winter.
For the past two days we’ve been camping (hence the space between posts). Our first night, we stayed just outside Yosemite in a fairly rugged campground. However, last night we camped in a California state park at Lake Tahoe. Besides being a beautiful area, we also had the opportunity to take hot showers, and it didn’t get quite as cold as it did while we were in Yosemite. In other words, we actually slept.
A question I often ask people is whether they prefer the mountains or the beach. Both are beautiful in their own way, and I have a hard time choosing which is my favorite. But at Lake Tahoe, I didn’t have to. True, the beach at the lake was a little different from the Atlantic Ocean. The water was colder and the only waves came from the boats’ wakes, but it still was a warm, sunny place with a large expanse of water. Perfect for reading a book and soaking my feet. And I’ve never gone to the beach and then hiked in the same afternoon before.
My parents and I hiked part of the Rubicon Trail, which I had run on the evening before. (Side note: if you run on a trail, other tourists assume you are a local). It wasn’t very steep, but it offered great views of the lake.
Lake Tahoe also provided a pleasant break from the more activity filled Yosemite visits. Evan certainly enjoyed playing in the water, and the rest of us definitely appreciated this more relaxing adventure before we climbed in the car on our way to more sight seeing adventures. Who knows what awaits us at Lassen Volcanic Park?