Posted on August 12, 2013
Today’s journey via kayak starts in Tahoe City, CA, and paddles to Kings Beach, where we left off in the last post.
I’m not worried about paddling in order clockwise or anything like that in order to achieve the full circumnavigate goal. I’m fortunate to live close enough to just drive up to the lake when I have free time to do another section. I have seen several websites dedicated to a full camping adventure via kayak around the lake. And, I have noticed that several attempts failed for one reason or another because of the length, weather and access. I’m hoping that I get to all of my sections before the summer is over and I would have to contend with snow. Wish me luck!
I really like the Lake Tahoe Water Trail website that I mentioned in the first post. There is a lot of useful information and great maps. Here’s the full view of Lake Tahoe:
On the website, the map highlights sections for suggested routes but I am finding that the logistics for what I am trying to accomplish doesn’t work to use their day trips. I do like the information that is available about parking and boat ramps. Good stuff. And, I also think it’s funny that Lake Tahoe looks like a foot with weird shaped toes.
After lunch, the wind picked up and the paddling was pretty choppy. Carnelian Bay is a great place to visit on Tahoe so everyone was there, in a boat, kayak or on a paddle board. It was crowded in the water. I have a horrible video that I am opting to not post but it makes you seasick to watch it and there are boats buzzing by everywhere. That tells you how the rest of the afternoon went for this trip. I had a headache when we brought our kayaks into the truck and my paddle buddy felt worse that I did. We accomplished 9.2 miles of headwind kayaking and we looked like it.
And, last but not least, I found a dead balloon floating in the water. I thought it was the right thing to do by scooping it up and throwing it in the trash. And, it reminded me of a blog post from someone else who does the same … if you get a chance, go check out windagainstcurrent.com. These kayakers know their stuff and seem to catch a lot of balloons along the way.