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.
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.
We enjoyed Steve’s visit and our daily walks/hikes, particularly the Round Hill hike.
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.
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.
You’re not alone! At least one-third of the global population is under some form of “stay at home” or lock down restrictions. Perhaps in no other time in history have we seen this much of humanity being asked (or ordered) to limit their movement beyond their own front door. This has led to tremendous changes for millions of people with schools closed, malls, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and most other retail establishments like hair salons, gyms and clothing stores all closed as well. Of course, this has led to millions of stories of quarantine and lock down.
We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.
On November 16, Valerie’s son Jason and his wife Ashley hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a small family group. They had a beautiful spread and everyone contributed some dishes to round out the menu. It was a terrific dinner and a fun day visiting with family.
We thank Jason and Ashley for putting together this event.