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