DAY TWO – Lake Tahoe

From the mysterious scenery of Mono Lake we travel over the narrow mountain pass that brings us to the magnificent splendor of Lake Tahoe.  Day two offers the unrivaled beauty of one of California’s best lakes.

Lake Tahoe has been a vacation destination for over three thousand years, when the Washoe and Paiute Indians enjoyed their summer R&R at the Lake. For just about as long, Lake Tahoe has elicited superlatives from its visitors. The Washoe called it “The Lake of the Sky”. Mark Twain proclaimed the Lake to be “the fairest picture the whole earth affords!” These days, we use phrases like majestic, breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

However you describe it, Lake Tahoe is a pristine jewel of nature. Surrounded on all sides by the Sierra Nevada mountain range, you can see on average 72 feet down into its cobalt waters.  This image is Emerald Bay captured from the South Lake Tahoe area.

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States at 1,645 feet deep. It is the tenth-deepest in the world and one of the clearest. Lake Tahoe has 75-miles of shoreline, is 22-miles long, 12-miles wide, and the lake surface level averages 6,225 feet.

A vacation to Lake Tahoe is all about time management. With great Lake Tahoe skiing and more winter and summer activities than any other travel destination, you’ll have a tough time squeezing everything in.

But above all else, Lake Tahoe is about the Lake itself. And the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe – perhaps the most awesome view from a ski area summit anywhere – is at the top of Heavenly’s Sky Express. From here the Lake looks like a brilliant blue sapphire, encased in a rugged ring of snowy granite. You won’t find a better view than this at any Lake Tahoe ski area.

There’s special, and then there’s a whole different category of special – reserved exclusively for Lake Tahoe.


~ by photographyfree4all on August 8, 2012.

6 Responses to “DAY TWO – Lake Tahoe”

  1. It looks really nice. Only been there once during the winter, so haven’t gotten to see it during a nice spring or summer day.


  2. Thank you for sharing your comment, Ling! I can relate…because I would love to see it in the winter.



  3. Beautiful in winter. Can’t wait to see in summer.


  4. Really pleased to have happened on your blog. I’ll be back for more visits! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel!).


  5. Thanks, Thom. I’m heading over to check out your blog, too.

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  6. Great. Hope you find much to entertain you – let me know! Thom.


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