A couple of weeks ago we drove up to Tahoe to hike one of our favorite, and THE most beautiful trail we know. Scenic views of Tahoe’s sapphire blue lake, stately green conifers, and crystal clear skies above us took our breath away as we made our way along the western shoreline.
This trail connects D. L. Bliss State Park with Emerald Bay State Park with the entire trail being 6 1/2 miles long if you go all the way to Vikingsholm Castle. Hikers can go the entire distance or keep it shorter and turn around at any point. At an elevation of 6000 – 6500 feet you’ll not only experience astoundingly gorgeous vistas, but you’ll also experience majestic granite boulders, gentle waterfalls, and fun little rock caves along the way.
Mark Twain must have been right here when he said that Lake Tahoe’s air was pure enough for angels. This is the Rubicon Trail!
Setting off on a nature walk in our neighborhood with two of our very young grandchildren.
Look for things Mama will like and we’ll make her a birthday present out of them. If you see anything interesting lets take a clipping of it or pick it up and put it in our pockets.How bout this if it isn’t too pokey?
Yes, my love, what a good idea.Back at home we set all of our collected treasures out on a tray with some twine and a sturdy branch and begin to select items to tie on to the branch.
That’s it; put your finger right there while I tie the knot. Thank you. Let’s do the next one too. That’s so helpful. Let’s see, a bit of moss, some pinecones, a magnolia cone, and what else? Of course, the turkey feather, the rose hips, some twigs, and the heart rock. Those are all great choices! Where should we put the ribbons? Oh, Mama is sure to love this! What do you think?And here, hanging from a tree branch in their backyard, positioned right outside the kitchen window, is the nature mobile. I’m sure it brings a smile to her face and brightens her day each time my daughter in law looks out the window.Happy Birthday Danielle!
As you’re driving on Highway 50 toward South Lake Tahoe, just before you reach Echo Summit, take a look up to your left (way up!) and notice the breath taking sight of Horsetail Falls.
Starting out early in the day with good friends, we arrived when the parking lot was nearly empty, and set out for a day of laughter, adventure, exercise, and enormous doses of the healing only Mother Nature provides.
The hike is a mix of lovely wooded trails and wide open granite rocks, all along refreshing pools, small waterfalls and streams.
Don’t forget to stop every once in awhile just to soak up the stunning views in all directions.
The majority of the hike is not well marked and we found ourselves in search of the trail a number of times. Also, be prepared to do a bit of rock climbing rather than hiking during some parts of the hike.
Ahh, there’s a cairn. We’re on the right path.Be sure to notice all the love notes from nature along the way!Everywhere!
Without fail, spending time in nature is consistently the restorative tonic that fills up my soul! Where do you go when you need to refuel?
I think it’s safe to say that the best weekends involve some hiking, a chance for a little get away to the mountains or the shore, exhilarating fresh air and the incredibly beautiful vistas mother nature has to offer us.
We recently hiked the Glen Alpine Trail in South Lake Tahoe. To get there you must drive the long one lane road along the south shore of gorgeous Fallen Leaf Lake. I’m certainly not complaining; look at this incredible view from the car!We parked in the parking lot near the general store and walked a little over a mile to get to the trail head. There is limited parking closer to the trailhead, but we’ve always enjoyed the walk. Along the way we passed the lower falls which were just trickling, and the cozy Saint Francis of the Mountains chapel where a wedding was underway. I refrained from taking a photo, wanting to give them their privacy, but it was truly a lovely sight.Once we got to the trailhead we were gifted with meadows, springs, historical sites, rushing waterfalls, and stunning view of Mount Tallac all along this secluded mountain trail.John Muir was just one of the many hikers who found the trail unforgettable, writing that it “seems to me one of the most delightful places in all the famous Tahoe region. From no other valley, as far as I know, may excursions be made in a single day to see so many peaks, wild gardens, glacier lakes, glacier meadows, and alpine groves, cascades, etc.”His words are perfect. We found all of that and a whole lot of love!