Instead of going on a big vacation this year, M and I decided to take a mini vacation. So many of our friends and co-workers talk about going to Tahoe and how amazing it is. Well, neither M nor I had ever been there until this past summer. First of all we didn’t even know which city to visit, let alone what the big attractions. We just went on-line found a hotel that seemed pretty cool and was within our price range and decided to jump in blind.
Our hotel was outside South Lake Tahoe up in the mountains. It was neat being above everything, especially looking down at all the twinkling lights. Plus, it meant we had a nice strong breeze in the late afternoon to cool everything down. That made hanging out at the pool a little difficult though. Who wants to swim or read by the pool when you are about to be blown away?
During one day we went for a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Rim trail goes all the way around the lake and has some amazing views of different valleys and the lake itself. We had to hike a little bit just to get to the trail head, but that was ok. The part that we explored was all uphill for about 3.5 miles. A nice workout! We came across magnificent piles of glistening white granite, aromatic sections of pine, trickling streams and barren ski slalom’s. I found the ski slalom’s most interesting. It’s amazing how many rocks and tree stumps reside in the area that people ski. Seeing the empty ski lifts were pretty funny too! They were just hanging there looking as if they were waiting for someone to come by and sit on them.
We explored the town a little bit, but stayed away from the casinos. Neither M nor I gamble so we had no interest in visiting them. We thought about going up in a gondola to the top of one of the mountains, but we both were appalled at the cost of one ride. It was almost $40 per person! We just hadn’t budgeted for something like that, so we decided that we’d leave that for next time. There were some cute shops and lots of artist galleries, but it somewhat seemed like a mini tourist trap.
This was our view of the lake from one part of the hike.
The empty ski lift.
Driving around the lake a little ways we came across the Tallac Historic Site. We parked in a parking lot off the highway. Originally our intention was to get to the lake, but we came across the mini museum on our way. At one point in time it was a resort and now it show’s what life was like 100 years ago. My favorite part was the kitchen. When you walk up to look into the kitchen, the movement causes a barking noise. Apparently they’ve had problems with bears breaking into the kitchen. The barking noise is supposed to spook off the bears. The kitchen isn’t really a functioning kitchen though. It is just a display kitchen. Which makes me wonder why a bear would be trying to break into the fake kitchen…does Yogi Bear live near by?
In all it was a nice break. We decided that next time we visit Tahoe, we want to camp instead of stay at a hotel. It would also be nice to go up there with other people and maybe take in some water sports. We both enjoy paddle surfing, which would be perfect on the lake!