Lake Tahoe

I had once visited Lake Tahoe in my early 20's.  It was a short brief stay & I was there to enjoy the Jet Ski for a half day.  Back then, I had not developed this appreciation for the Nature & never got to appreciate the beauty it offers.  So I guess I could say that it is my official 1st trip to Lake Tahoe. 

 It was late afternoon & the lake seemed so peaceful & beautiful.   Photo taken at Lakeview Commons. 

It was late afternoon & the lake seemed so peaceful & beautiful.   Photo taken at Lakeview Commons. 

Left Los Angeles early in the morning & by the time, I had arrived in Lake Tahoe, it was 4pm in the afternoon.  So I checked into my room & I went to Lakeview Commons.  The impression that I got was how vast the lake is.  With its beach & water being the Emerald Blue,  it could be mistaken as an ocean.   Looking at the water & the mountain ranges surrounding the lake made me feel peaceful & calm.  There was a few restaurants near & I had myself a snack & a few beers..... & just enjoyed the view. 

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Sunrise captured in Bayview Trail. 

Next morning, I headed out to Bayview trail near the Emerald Bay.  Sun comes up pretty early in Lake Tahoe.  It was around 7 in the morning & somewhere along the trail, I was able to capture this image.  The bright sun & its reflection on the lake was a sight to remember.  It just feels so peaceful in the morning in Lake Tahoe. 

 Falcon 2 on a rock near the Cascade lake

Falcon 2 on a rock near the Cascade lake

About 20 mins into the Bayview trail, there is a little creek where the fresh water falls into the lake & this is where most of visitors take a rest & turn back.  I had all day & I decided to explore a bit further up.  Along the way, there was this giant rock & thought I take a photo of the Falcon 2. 

 2 hours into hiking, I was near the peak of Mountain. 

2 hours into hiking, I was near the peak of Mountain. 

 A view of the Lake near the Peak

A view of the Lake near the Peak

I went almost near the Peak of the mountain till it got too steep.  The view around the lake at the peak was breathetaking & luckily there was a big flat boulder that provided a shade by trees near by.  I had one of the sweetest nap. 

 Blue everywhere! 

Blue everywhere! 

By the time, I finished the Hike, it was around 1 & I was tired & hungry.   After a short lunch break, I drove around the lake.  It was such a pleasurable drive. 

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On Sunday morning, after a delicious breakfast in a small cafe near Meeks Bay, I was on a short trail near the bay.  Everywhere you go, you get this amazing view of the lake & mountain ranges. 

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2 days simply is not enough to enjoy the Lake Tahoe.  I did most of my hiking in California or West side of Lake Tahoe & a few have suggested that I try the Eastern side / Nevada side of the lake. As I was hiking, I was imagining what it would be like in Winter where all those surrounding mountain ranges covered in snow.  

I am definitely coming back to Lake Tahoe & this Journal will continue soon. 

- To be continued -