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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

Lake Tahoe area

September 18, 2011 1 comment

We spent the weekend in Carson City, NV, parked in the RV lot of a casino.  Actually, it was inexpensive, the park adequate, and Romola won enough to pay for dinners and two nights stay.   Who says you can’t beat the odds?

Saturday we went on a hike to Skunk Cove, a beautiful cove on Lake Tahoe.  Here we found the summer home of a wealthy industrialist, who had the home — along with guest quarters, separate kitchens, etc. etc. built in 1927.  Cost was no object, all the stones and other materials were shipped by boat as there was no road.  The hike itself was fairly strenuous as it dropped 700 feet or so to the lake.  Of course, we had to hike back uphill all the way…. and at 8,000 ft. altitude as well!

Sunday we decided on a less strenuous hike around Spooner Lake.  We saw strange, colorful objects hanging from tress, and had no idea what these were.  We were unaware that this was a special Arts weekend, and there were magic acts, singers, dancers and specialist acts around the lake.  Each of these objects meant some act was nearby.  Sure made for a different hike!

A view of Lake Tahoe from the road to Reno

Part way down. You can see the cove almost in the middle of this picture.

A view from Skunk Cove

And another view from Skunk Cove

The summer home, part of the main building

The trail to the lake. Lots of Aspens!

A view of the lake

Another view of the lake, through the pine trees

What was this strange object, hanging from a tree?

A singer along the trail

No idea what this contraption was, but it was on bungee cords....

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