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Lake Tahoe, CA

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our route from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe took approximately 4 hours. We passed Mono Lake near the park exit. At the end, we crossed over some mountains before passing Heavenly ski resort on the way down to South Lake Tahoe.

In Lake Tahoe we stayed at Camp Richardson Historic Resort in a “summer cabin”. The campgrounds were right on the lake so we had nice views. Our cabin had a bed, bathroom, kitchenette, and picnic table out front. The summer cabins aren’t insulated and the September nights were getting chilly. Ezra slept in a pack-and-play that we borrowed from the resort.

Lodging: Camp Richardson

Friday, September 14, 2012

In the morning I watched the sun rise over the lake from a dock near the beach. I made the acquaintance of a talkative Scottish man who was finishing up a 3-week whirlwind tour of Arizona, Nevada, and California.

During the day we hiked Mt Tallac which is just south of Lake Tahoe. This was a strenuous 9.5 mi hike with 3500 ft of elevation gain, bringing our week long hiking total to approximately 55 miles. Even with Ezra we maintained a decent pace, although at one point we were passed by a very fit Swiss couple that appeared to be racewalking. At the summit we were treated to magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding wilderness. We were also accosted by tenacious, human-food-eating chipmunks.

In the evening we strolled along the beach and visited several summer estates that have been preserved as historic sites. Ezra was fascinated by the large sugar pine cones. Back at our cabin we cooked dinner and relaxed.

Lodging: Camp Richardson

Saturday, September 15, 2012

On Saturday I drove to Donner Lake State Park and met up with Mike and his friend Jeanie. From the park we headed through Truckee to the Indian Chief climbing area. We spent the day climbing some fun lead routes which weren’t graded nearly as difficult as back east at Rumney Rocks. For instance, we easily sent some 5.9s and came close to sending a 5.10a.

Back at the campground, we discovered a group of climbers who had set up a slackline. Mike tried a few times. Beth Ann gave it a go but went flying into the dirt, causing us all some consternation (since she was 3 months pregnant). I was able to take a few steps, and even Ezra got in on the act. After slacklining we ate dinner at our picnic table, then said goodbye to Mike and Jeanie.

Lodging: Camp Richardson

Sunday, September 16, 2012

On Sunday we hit up a bunch of Lake Tahoe sites before heading back west. We stopped by the Taylor Creek nature walk area near the campground and the Emerald Bay scenic overlook before stopping for lunch at the Meeks Bay Campground. Here we went for a stroll by the water and Ezra enjoyed dipping his feet into the lake. Continuing on through Truckee we stopped for a bit at Donner Memorial State Park, the site of the infamous Donner Party tragedy. Here we took a look at Donner Lake and toured the antiquated Donner Museum. We also viewed the large boulder which formed one wall of the Donner cabin during the fateful winter of 1846-1847.

Finally, we headed up over Donner Pass and drove a few hours back to San Jose. We got in late to a Comfort Suites near the airport and crashed before our early flight back to Boston the next morning.

Lodging: Comfort Suites

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