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Lake Tahoe and Spooner Lake


Since we had some time in Reno, we thought we’d take the scenic drive to Lake Tahoe.  A pretty drive, over some high passes by Mt. Rose.  Lots of scenic lookouts!

Lake Tahoe is a deep fresh water lake, surrounded by mountains.  It is a great vacation spot in the summer, lots of water sports and outdoor activities.  But in the winter it really blooms; there are major ski areas around the lake.  So not only can you have excellent skiing, but a great view as well.

In 1860 a gentleman (names Spooner) bought 640 acres near Lake Tahoe and started a lumber business.  Lumber was in huge demand, it was used as shoring in the many mines in the area.    He added buildings, a hotel, a blacksmith shop, and soon it was a thriving community, so much so that The Wells Fargo made it a stopping point.  But the timber was eventually decimated, the land was “undesirable” and eventually taken over by the State as a park.  So now we have a nice hiking trail around Spooner Lake.

A view of Lake Tahoe from the pass

A view of Lake Tahoe from the pass

Another scenic overlook

Another scenic overlook

Romola, at the shoreline

Romola, at the shoreline

Down at the waterfront

Down at the waterfront

Spooner Lake

Spooner Lake

Another Spooner Lake view

Another Spooner Lake view

More Spooner Lake

More Spooner Lake

Some of the wildflowers

Some of the wildflowers

Had to share this little fella

Had to share this little fella

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