Lake Tahoe...oh...oh...oh!

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 3rd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2gdvgm40/
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We take a trip around Lake Tahoe in words and pictures.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe straddles the border of California and Nevada at an elevation of 6,225 feet above sea level, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is the second deepest fresh water lake in North America at 1626 feet, the deepest being Crater Lake in Oregon, which measures 1925 feet in depth. When you approach from the west from Sacramento on U. S. highway 50, as you round a sharp bend at Echo Summit the entire Tahoe Basin comes into view, and what a view it is.

Crystal Clear

When my mother visited Lake Tahoe in 1920, you could see down into the lake's crystal clear waters to a depth of over 300 feet. Now it is only possible to see to a depth of a bit over a hundred feet, but the clarity of the water still astounds the observer.

Emerald Bay

On the southwest side of the lake, just north of Camp Richardson, Emerald Bay is a delight to the eyes. There is a trail that takes you around the entire bay, and you can take a dinner cruise on the 'Tahoe Queen' to the bay from the town of South Lake Tahoe every evening in the summer, from the last week in May through the first week in September. Emerald Bay is truly one of the world's most beautiful spots.

Winter at Tahoe

Tahoe is a winter wonderland between December and March. There are a score of ski areas within a fifty mile radius of the lake. Homewood, on the lake's west side just south of Tahoe City, is affordable for the entire family and offers stunning lake views. Heavenly Ski Resort rises at the south end of the lake above the city of South Lake Tahoe. Its trials can be accessed from Lake Tahoe Boulevard in the middle of town, and from Ski Run Boulevard at the south end of the city.

The lake's only outlet

Lake Tahoe is fed by the runoff and snow melt that comes down from the Sierra Mountains on its western side. The lake's only outlet is at its north end at Tahoe City. This is where the Truckee River begins, The river flows northwest thirteen miles to the Town of Truckee, California, where it abruptly turns east, descending into Nevada, passing through the heart of Reno, Nevada, where it flows for another hundred miles into the Nevada desert and evaporates.

Magnificent views everywhere

The lake is 12 miles wide and 22 miles long, and this makes it the sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States. A favorite activity for sightseers is to drive around the entire perimeter of the lake, a distance of seventy-two miles, which takes about three hours. On the north shore, there are fine restaurants where you can dine outside, close to the water, and take in the wondrous views.

Gambling, anyone?

There are a number of casinos along the south shore of the lake at State Line, Nevada, where you can dine in style, gamble away your hard-earned money, or watch top name entertainment.

Well worth the trip

All in all, you will come away from your visit to Lake Tahoe very pleased by the experience - refreshed and renewed by the clear waters and the clean mountain air.

Photos from wikimedia commons

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California, Casinos, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Recreation, Sightseeing, Skiing, Steve Kinsman, Travel, Vacation

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Spectacular words and pictures, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

A fun place. Visited there twenty years ago. Nice article and stunning pictures in this well deserved star page. Warmly, rd

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you rama devi. We live an hour away from the north shore.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Beautiful pics and a nice place to visit, Steve. Thank you for sharing it.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Lila.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Just BEAUTIFUL Steve, thank you:0)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia. :0)

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author avatar Vernazoa
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

This looks like a place of adventure. I would love to be there. Thanks for sharing your great talent.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

I hope you ca n visit one day, Vernazoa. Thanks for stopping by.

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author avatar juny
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Oh my, the pictures are really awesome.
This reminds me of my virtual cruise in New Zealand with my online friends.

Great!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you oballesansano.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Oh, how I'd like to visit Tahoe. It looks and sounds so beautiful.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

I truly hope you can visit this magnificent lake one day, Sheila. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

You come from such a beautiful part of the world Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Yes I do and I'm grateful every day. Thanks Val. You're a sweetheart.

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author avatar jayababy
4th Sep 2011 (#)

Appears to be heaven on the earth. Nice read.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Sep 2011 (#)

It is heavenly.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

It is definitely a little slice of heaven. Thank you, Steve. xoxo

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

You and I have had some very magical times together at Lake Tahoe. xoxo

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Yes we have... ;-)

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Sep 2011 (#)

What a delight for the eyes your article is, my friend.. Just beautiful, Steve, and a well deserved Star too...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you so very much Songbird.

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author avatar Amruta Jadhav
6th Sep 2011 (#)

Wow! I can hardly wait to experience it myself...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Sep 2011 (#)

I hope you do. You won't be disappointed, I can assure you. Thanks for stopping by, Amruta.

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author avatar melanie martin
6th Sep 2011 (#)

Beautifully done for one of the best places on earth. Well deserved Star, Steve, Congratulations!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you melanie. Nice to hear from you.

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