Training can be fun! (reprise)

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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.

photo of a duck on a rock just off-shore

Duck on a rock just off-shore

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.

image across Lake Tahoe toward Job’s Peak and Freel Peak

Across Lake Tahoe toward Job’s Peak and Freel 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.

picture of Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

There are also wonderful views of the mountains on the West Shore overlooking the lake, including Mt Tallac and the Desolation Wilderness.

photo of view south toward Mt Tallac and the Desolation Wilderness

View south toward 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.

image of distinctive tree between the road (right) and bike path (left)

Distinctive tree between the road (right) and bike path (left)

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.

picture of paddleboarder

Paddleboarder

In another place there was some colorful beach furniture that had not yet been set up for the summer season.

photo of awaiting the start of the beach season

Awaiting the start of the beach 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.

image of couple enjoying the beautiful lake view

Couple enjoying the beautiful lake view

I hope it’s clear from these pictures that training in such beautiful surroundings is an inspiring experience.  It just doesn’t get old!

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