Quick Trip to Tahoe

My driver’s license was due to expire on my birthday this year.  Since I am licensed in Nevada and for this renewal they were telling me I had to renew in person, I had to get to Nevada before my birthday.

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Fortunately, my friend Steve, who has a house in Tahoe, was planning to make a trip up there around early to mid-February.  And, our friend Tim was interesting in skiing and this winter has seen epic snowfall, therefore, the stars aligned so that we could make the trip so I could get my licensed renewed and ski for a couple of days in near ideal snow conditions.

The rain and snowfall in California this winter has been substantial following years of drought.  The drought has not been completely resolved but there has been significant progress.  The mountains in Tahoe have recorded more than 440 inches of snow for this winter.  Needless to say this is most welcome since the skiing conditions during the drought years were sub-optimal.

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Lake Mead was formed following the building of the Hoover Dam, originally called Boulder Dam.  If full, Lake Mead would be 112 miles long and have 247 square miles of surface.  Of course, it is far from full, the lake is approximately 30% below the level that would be considered full.  Nearby Boulder City, Nevada, was home to many of the workers during the construction of the dam.

Lake Mead RV Village

We stayed at Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead.  This part of the lake is located about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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Leaving Lake Tahoe

Sadly, it’s time to leave Lake Tahoe.  It’s sad because it’s a beautiful place with lots of nice outdoor activities and sad to be leaving our friends.  On the other had, we have an extended trip planned in our motorhome and are somewhat anxious to get on with that.

Round Hill Beach

Round Hill Beach

We have had the motorhome stored at Comstock Country RV in Carson City.  Since we want to stock up our food supply before taking off, conveniently Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Costco are located next door.  We have arranged to move to one of the RV spaces with hookups for the night so we can get the refrigerator cooled off and do our shopping the next morning before heading north.

Next stop, Eagle Lake, one hour north of Susanville, CA.

Lake Tahoe–July 2015

Lake Tahoe (pics) is a special place, perhaps not one of a kind but it’s on a short list.  First, there’s the deep lake with a surface elevation of 6,225 feet and 72 miles of shoreline.  In the summer this provides for all manner of water sports.  In addition, the lake is surrounded by dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain ranges that not only provide dramatic and breathtaking vistas but almost unlimited hiking, biking, backpacking and camping opportunities.

Fallen Leaf Lake in the foreground, Lake Tahoe beyond

Then in the winter, these mountains usually get a generous amount of snowfall which provides world class skiing opportunities at numerous ski resorts in the mountains that ring the lake.  Skiing (downhill and cross country), snowboarding, snowmobiling and other winter alpine activities draw visitors from around the world.  If the outdoors get to be too much, you can find a great restaurant, do some shopping or, since a portion of the lakeshore is in Nevada, visit one of the casinos.

Once again we feel privileged and lucky to have had the opportunity to spend two weeks here.  Mostly due to the hospitality and generosity of our friends we were able to come here in July and to hike, bike, go the beach, spend time with friends and be awed by the natural beauty of this place.  It’s really difficult to choose the best time of year to be in Tahoe, winter or summer.  They’re both special.