Round Hill (Tahoe)

Our host, Steve, came up to Tahoe for a short visit recently.  We were happy to see him and, frankly, just to have some company after 4 months of solitude.

Directly across the road from Steve’s house is a prominent landmark called Round Hill.  It’s a small hill right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, perhaps 300 feet high at its peak.  We were on the balcony looking at the hill and realized that in the 10 years Steve and Wende have owned the house, they had not yet hiked to the top of the hill.  So, the next day we did just that.

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It’s not a particularly difficult hike.  It begins on the north side above the Round Hill Pines Beach.  As you make your way up the trail, you start to get a nice view looking north along the shoreline and a nice view of Steve and Wende’s house.  The trail continues around to the east side where you get good views of the mountains and the town of South Lake Tahoe.  Then around to the south side of the hill you will have a stunning view of the entire south half of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.  At the peak you can choose which portion of a 180 degree vista to focus your attention upon.  We enjoyed it so much we did it again a couple of days later.

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We enjoyed Steve’s visit and our daily walks/hikes, particularly the Round Hill hike.

Stopping Covid-19

Is it possible to stop or substantially control the Coronavirus short of having an effective vaccine?  There is no guarantee that scientists will be able to develop a vaccine that will be effective enough to completely eliminate Covid-19.

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I am hearing and reading some very smart people saying that if 80% of all people would consistently wear a mask when out in public, we could substantially control the spread of the virus.  Or, if everybody would wear a mask for 3 weeks, we could potentially “stop” the spread.  On July 17, 2020, the director of the CDC said that the US could get coronavirus under control in one to two months if everyone wears a mask. Continue reading

Look Back: Nazca Lines

Peru contains a number of interesting places to visit:  Machu Picchu, the Andes, Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Atacama Desert.  It’s forgivable that perhaps the Nazca Lines do not get as much attention as some of the others.

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But, where else can you find hundreds of drawings scratched into the floor of a large flat plain, many of which stretch over 3/4 of a mile and were created approximately 2,000 years ago?  We took a sightseeing flight on a six seater in order to get the best view.

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Our visit to Nazca was in 2013 just prior to moving on to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Look Back: Sequoia National Park

The United State has some spectacular national parks.  We have been fortunate to visit many of them:  Grand Canyon NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Yosemite NP, Glacier NP and many others.

So, why am I making special mention of Sequoia National Park?  This park is well down the list in terms of the number of annual visitors among national parks.  Perhaps it is overshadowed by Yosemite NP which is a little further north along the Sierras and is in the top 5 most visited parks.

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Kevin at the base of The President
Kevin at the base of The President

Certainly, all of those other national parks have beautiful scenery and marvelous natural wonders and deserve every bit of the attention they get from the thousands of people that visit them every year.  The reason I wanted to highlight Sequoia NP is that when you stand next to one of these trees you will be changed forever.  They are so magnificent and impossibly massive, you just have to consider your place in the world and how simply wonderful it is that these giants exist.