A Day in Tahoe
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein
The spectacle of a day in Tahoe: from day-break to sunset, is an experience an Angel might share. But it's just us (you, Nicola - my wife - and me) here, so off we go.
We'll take a walk along the Lake, a hike up the hills, and a stroll through Olympic Valley. Together, during the next four stops, we'll discover the beauty of a shimmering gold afternoon and vistas where even the rocks are seductive.
Let's get immersed.
First stop: Cave Rock.
Feel bathed in sunshine while you hike up Cave Rock, (pictured above) located on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Created over 3 million years ago, this rock formation is considered sacred to the Washoe Indians, also known as "Lady of the Lake" because the profile of the rock structure resembles the profile of a lady's face.
Second stop: Flume Trail.
A walk along the Flume Trail, near Incline Village, (pictured above) may inspire you as it did Mark Twain in 1861. Upon seeing the Lake for the first time Twain wrote: "As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords."
Third stop: the pure, hypnotic water of Lake Tahoe.
Mesmerizing to look at, Lake Tahoe's clarity is 60 feet. With a depth of around 1,640 feet, Lake Tahoe could swallow the Empire State Building. It's the second deepest Lake in the country, second to Crater Lake in Oregon, which has a depth of nearly 1,950 feet. Clear and clean too: Lake Tahoe water is 99.994% pure. Commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure, ranking Lake Tahoe among the purest large Lakes in the world.
Fourth and final stop: Olympic Valley.
Finally, we end our little adventure in Olympic Valley, CA., home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Boasting 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains and an an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, Olympic Valley is one of the finest ski destinations in the world. It also happens to be a fun place to visit or live during every season.
You may encounter a friendly Valley cat or dog... or maybe, if you're lucky, you'll see a Black Wolf while strolling along the meadow.
And don't miss the waterfall on Shirley Canyon trail. If you listen carefully you can hear it roar!
It's here we end our adventure for now, on top of Olympic Valley. On Top of the World. Thank you for taking this journey with Nicola and me as we begin, in the words of Albert Einstein, to "understand everything better."
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