New Chapter

I’m guessing that the year 2020 will bring a new chapter to the lives of many of us.  For the past 5+ months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Steve and Wende by living in their house on Lake Tahoe.  Summer in that particular part of the Sierra Mountains is delightful with mild weather and bountiful natural beauty.

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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.

Look Back: Lake Titicaca

We got married on April 13, 2013, and then 3 days later headed to South America for a 4 month honeymoon.  This trip began in Ecuador then on to Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.  One of the most fascinating stops we made was in Puno, Peru, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

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The surface of this lake sits at 12,600 feet above sea level.  We took a boat tour of a portion of the lake that allowed us to get a close up look at two remarkable indigenous cultures that live here.  One group on Isla Taquile and the other on floating islands made from reeds harvested from the lake.  Also, at the end of the article is a mention of a steamboat that operated on the lake in the mid-1800’s.

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I would also mention that while in Puno we suffered through some gastrointestinal sickness, one of the only such times we encountered this type of sickness while traveling.  We had to postpose our boat tour for a couple of days until we were sufficiently recovered.