Lake Tahoe by Kayak, Part Four

Yes, folks, I am still working on paddling my way around Lake Tahoe.   It’s a whopper goal so I didn’t really expect for it to be easy.   And, it hasn’t been.   To make it 72 miles, a strong paddler has to break it into at least six or seven segments.   And, well, that’s just not possible all in one shot for me.    I knew from the get-go that we would be making multiple trips to the lake and there would be issues.  Last year, we started in July and thought it was manageable to expect at least a September finish.   Wrong.   All sorts of things got in the way; road construction, a massive wildfire, bad weather, bad timing, a sinus infection and life.   Oh, well.   There’s always next year …

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Welcome to 2014!  There’s no time limit to this kind of goal so we are still paddling!  If you are just tuning into my little adventure here are links to my previous kayaking segments: PART ONE PART TWO and PART THREE so you can get your paddle up to speed.

the view from the south shore ... paddle style
the view from the south shore … paddle style

Today, I am going to share my first kayak of 2014.   My paddle buddy and I decided to pick one of the most scenic and popular routes on Memorial Day weekend.   Why?   Well, why not?   And, I think we might have been hoping that going early in the season (albeit during prime time opening day) that some of the crowds would have forgotten to back their boat for a weekend at Tahoe.   We might have been right and just a little lucky.   It turned out to be a gorgeous warm day and not too crowded.  (Lucky us!)

We put in our boats at Lester Beach at Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park early in the morning, paddled through Emerald Bay and around Fannette Island then on to south shore’s Pope Beach.   No small feat in nearly 9 miles of paddling on out of shape arms, let me tell you.    Including our stop at Fannette Island in Emerald Bay at the “Tea Room” for photos, our boats spent about five hours on the water.   No joke, I was tired.   I think I am still am.   My arms are telling me that last statement is just all too true.   OUCH.

Of course, there are too many stories to tell from kayaking for that long but I don’t want to bore you with stories of eagle watching and calling seagulls in Emerald Bay “bagels.”   (Get it??   Bay-gulls.  Har-har.)   I know the real reason that I was out there was to get some awesome photos.   And, that I did.   How about a look?

First, we set out from Rubicon Point at Lester Beach, found the old lighthouse and got an osprey surprise:

 

Then, we entered Emerald Bay.   Vikingsholm Castle and Fannette Island are located here.    We didn’t stop for the castle but we did make it around the island and up to the “Tea Room.”   I have been to Emerald Bay many times and always wanted to get out on the island.   This was a big deal for me!

Just based on the number of photos alone, I should have split this post into several.   But, I can’t hold back.   There was just too much awesome.

Did I mention I fell out of the kayak at Fannette Island?   Yup.  Cold, cold water.   I didn't mind, though.   It was still a good day.
Did I mention I fell out of the kayak at Fannette Island? Yup. Cold, cold water. I didn’t mind, though. It was still a good day.

For the record, all photos were taken with my Nikon CoolPix AW100.   It’s a good, waterproof point-and-shoot.

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Oh, Deer

If I haven’t already bragged about all of the cool stuff where I live enough, here’s another one for you.   There is an amazing alfalfa farm down the road where there are tons of mule deer almost every day.    Apparently, the farmer isn’t really into worrying about how much alfalfa he gets because the deer are busy eating it.    I think they run a bed and breakfast on the farm so I’m sure sitting on the porch and watching a couple hundred (yes, hundred) deer wander by every day doesn’t hurt business.

This is just one section of the fields as seen from the main road.
This is just one section of the fields as seen from the main road.

 

This is what it looks like in the other direction.   Not too shabby, either.
This is what it looks like in the other direction. Not too shabby, either.

 

This is what my husband sees every day on his way to work.   I head the other direction but it is only about three miles from our house so I can take the long way every once in a while to enjoy the view, too.   I’m feeling pretty lucky about that.

I guess I need to remember that the next time I’m all grumpy about the world.   I have it pretty good.

What’s your drive to work look like?

 

Vivid in Black and White

Tahoe is known at the “lake of the sky” because it reflects the vivid, deep blue skies of the Sierras.   On this day, we had some interesting clouds happening.   I think this black and white treatment does the trick in showing just how dramatic this part of the world can be.   Enjoy.

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Cloudy Morning Mountain Drive

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My morning commute is about to change and I was feeling all sentimental this morning.    I love this view.    It is breathtaking every day.  I will miss it.

I will not, however, miss snowy/icy/treacherous road conditions on this winding road.   I will not miss going through $1,000 in tires every year.   I will not miss slow-ass tourists lollygagging on the drive.   And, while I respect a bicyclist’s right to the road, I will not miss trying to avoid running them over while just getting where I am going every day.

Fortunately, my new morning commute (coming to this blog soon) will still include this same mountain from a much lower altitude.

Mountain Trails

One of the best things about Nevada is that there are tons of mountain trails into the vast open spaces.    This is a glimpse of one of the trails from my house into the woods.   I love the ATV tracks in the dirt.   It is interesting how much the desert changes when you get to the mountains–by far, the best part of having an ATV is being able to get to these places.

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Sometimes, it is a lot of work to get out to the middle of nowhere but the reward is always an incredible view.   This is Mount Rose from way back in the Virginia Range between Virginia City and Fernley.    Way out in the boondocks.

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Instagram Goodness

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I recently posted this photo as I had taken it pretty much straight out of camera.   Then, I played with it a little bit in Instagram and shared with it with a few friends.   My Instagram and Facebook accounts have pretty much blown up with comments and likes.   So, I thought I would share it on here as well.    It’s just another one from my daily commute.   I literally just rolled the window down to take this picture.   I didn’t even get out of the car.

This was taken from the Geiger Grade rest stop looking west at Mount Rose above Reno, Nevada.

Winter Weather

I think I love winter weather pictures more than any other season.    Sure, I love a nice, sunny day but there is so much more drama happening with fog, snow, ice crystals and clouds.    Here … see what I mean?

This morning, there was a true ghost fog with all kinds of mystery pockets in the trees.
This morning, there was a true ghost fog with all kinds of mystery pockets in the trees.

 

I know it stinks to be up early but I hate to miss a good sunrise.
I know it stinks to be up early but I hate to miss a good sunrise.

 

There were lots of a little dew drops this morning.   It was 'warmer' today than it has been in a while.
There were lots of a little dew drops this morning. It was ‘warmer’ today than it has been in a while.

 

A little closer on the dew with some magic in the background.
A little closer on the dew with some magic in the background.

 

One more from my commute to work.   I love these mountains.
One more from my commute to work. I love these mountains.

 

 

 

 

Ice Fog

I have a pretty spectacular view on my daily commute.    I drive down from about 6,500 feet near Virginia City, Nevada, into the valley where Reno hugs the Sierra mountains.    Today was one of those days where a weather inversion is holding the clouds down and providing an interesting photo opp.   Enjoy.

FYI:  All photos were taken with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy IIIS.   And, yes, I pulled over to take the pictures.   Safety first.

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This is what it looks like when you are in the valley.   The blanket of fog was pretty thick and makes a “pogonip” of ice crystals all over everything.   It’s one of my favorite things about winter because it doesn’t happen very often and, thankfully, never lasts very long.

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