During the Memorial Day weekend at Lake Tahoe, I decided to reprise a training walk I’d done two years ago on the Lake Tahoe bikeway from Tahoe City south to Homewood and back, about 12 miles round trip. I knew from driving to a hike a couple of days earlier that the lake was looking exceptionally blue – even bluer than usual? – perhaps due to the terrific weather conditions.
The entire walk is great, but the most interesting things to look at are south of Ward Creek, which is about 3 miles from my starting point at the Pfeiffer House Restaurant just northwest of the Tahoe City “Y.” The most interesting sights seem to be when the bike trail is right along the lake shore. For example, I noticed an interesting duck that had just emerged from the water and was standing on a rock, alternately preening itself and looking like it was just enjoying the afternoon breeze.
There was a wonderful view to the southeast, showing remarkably little remaining snow (for so early in the year) in the high country around Job’s Peak.
There is a famous rock formation called Eagle Rock just across CA-89 from the lake shore and just south of Blackwood Canyon Rd.
There are also wonderful views of the mountains on the West Shore overlooking the lake, including Mt Tallac and the Desolation Wilderness.
On my return trip, just as I was enjoying the wonderful shape of this tree, a local resident came out of his driveway to walk the dog and commented “isn’t it a beautiful yew?” I’m not a tree expert, so I don’t know if that’s a correct identification.
As I was approaching one of several docks that reach out into the lake, I noticed a paddleboarder getting an early start to the season.
In another place there was some colorful beach furniture that had not yet been set up for the summer season.
At another beach area I did find a couple enjoying the lake views, perhaps Mt Rose to the northeast, and a couple of power boats out on the lake.
I hope it’s clear from these pictures that training in such beautiful surroundings is an inspiring experience. It just doesn’t get old!