When one decision… change your life completely!
Four and two years ago, on this day – 8th of June, I flew to the first biggest adventure in my life. I could never imagine this would change my thinking, expand my horizons and change my life! Change my life in a cultural, spiritual meaning! I become stronger in my mind and from that journey I just believe I can do everything 🙂 From that period of my life I learnt that everything is possible if you work hard for your dreams!
Lake Tahoe is alpine lake which is 2/3 in California and 1/3 in the state of Nevada. It is the third deepest lake in North America (approximately 501 meters deep) and the second deepest in the USA. There are 63 tributaries draining into Lake Tahoe with only one outlet at the Truckee River in Tahoe City. It has only one island called Fannette island. A lot of people visit California´s main attraction. But if you want to have a couple days off of chaos, big city life, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place. Here are some more facts about the lake:
- The name Tahoe comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, which means, “edge of the lake.”
- About 3 million people visit Lake Tahoe each year.
- The Lake is estimated to be 2 million years old.
- Tahoe is so clear that in some places objects can be seen 67 feet (20,4 meters) below the surface.
- With over 200 trails for biking, hiking and running you can get your fitness on in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every trail offers a unique experience with different levels of difficulty, extraordinary views, and wildlife.
- The largest of the Sierra carnivores, the Black Bear is found in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. There are an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 Black Bears in California. You can find Douglas Squirrel Or Chickaree, Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel , Coyotes, American Marten and American Beaver as well.
MY STORY ABOUT MEETING BEARS: When I moved in Tahoe, the first thing I saw were warnings about bears. How to act when you come across to them? Ok, never feed them and always talk loudly. But in real life is different. When I saw a bear for the first time, 20 meters away from me, I stiffened. And this happened on a side road to the city that I went almost every day without any worries. This happened the first year of my stay. Two years ago I saw bears more times. Once I observed them from the car. They came to trash containers, opened them and searched for the food. And at the end one more adventure. I was sitting in my room when I saw a bear coming to a street. I ran out to catch him and record video. Well, he escaped. Bears in California will not attack you, they will escape!
For all mountain lovers, I will present you peaks that I hiked. The surrounding mountain peaks vary from 2,750 to 3,350 meters. There are numerous hiking and mountain biking trails around the lake. They range widely in length, difficulty and popularity.
First, there is a point where the view on the lake is magnificent. It is an easy hike around 20 minutes. It is called Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock, an eroded dormant volcano, is one of the most breathtaking views in Tahoe. The best part for non hikers is that it only takes about 20 minutes to accomplish.
The family-friendly hike is to Eagle Falls. You take photos of the waterfalls, lake and Desolation Wilderness. The Desolation Wilderness is a federally protected wilderness area in the Eldorado National Forest. It is a popular backpacking destination, with much rocky terrain at the edge of the tree line. The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass through the wilderness. If you enter the Desolation Wilderness at any time of year, you need a permit, even day hikers. Day hikers simply pick up a permit at a ranger station or at most of the popular trailheads at self-serve kiosks.
Next, Five Lakes trail.
Five Lakes Trail is a 5 mile (8 km) heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Squaw Valley. The start point is in Alpine Meadows. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and snowshoeing. Five Lakes Trail is an absolutely stunning hike featuring five beautiful alpine lakes. Although this is a very popular one, the lakes allow you some solitude. As the trail eases up, you will come to the edge of the Granite Chief Wilderness. The largest lake is the last one you come to.
Ellis peak is a 6.2 mile (9,9 km) lightly trail located near Homewood and it requires one of the shorter hikes, especially compared with Mount Tallac. On top of Ellis you van enjoy big views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness and the Sierra Nevadas. All peaks and the landscapes are perfect for photographers as well. “Wildflower enthusiasts and amateur photographers will have a field day on this Ellis Peak summit adventure with golden fields of blooming mule’s ear in stark contrast with the deep green of the surrounding forest,” says an article about the Ellis peak.
The last hike of the season was hiking on one of the tallest mountains in Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac (2,968 meters). Here we go! It is 10.2 miles (16, 4 km) trail located near South Lake Tahoe and is rated as difficult. I can confirm, the hike is incredible, challenging and offers views of lake Fallen Leaf, small waterfalls, massive granite rock faces and beautiful flowers. This is definitely a strenuous hike. But it is worth it every minute. I went in September, the weather was not good. It was cold, cloudy and windy!
Near West Shore of Lake Tahoe is the scene of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley. The area is a ski resort in the winter and offers a lot of hiking trails in the summer. Fun fact: Snow in this mountain area stays till summer. Every 2nd of July (for Independence Day) you can still ski in shorts at Squaw Valley.
Summer on the Lake is the best time. You can go swimming, yachting, kayaking, paddleboarding,… or you can just enjoy the house on the Lake, drinking beer and having a picnic with friends.
THE BEST BEACH you cannot miss SAND HARBOR !!!
Sand Harbor is actually one of the most popular and spectacular parks in the Tahoe basin and has many beaches. The Main Beach is 2,500 feet (762 meters) long and is popular for swimming and sunbathing and a wide variety of beach activities.
“It is Tahoe time!” Here I spent the best past summers. I hope I will return soon to my favorite and happy place in the USA.
And where is your happy place?