Lake Tahoe 2011


Lake Tahoe 2011

In September 2011 Mike, Debbie, Mark, and I traveled to Lake Tahoe for a special family trip. We traded our Sedona timeshare for a two bedroom suite at the Tahoe Vacation Resort and spent four days exploring, eating, viewing satellites, watching movies, touring the area and giving each other a "hard time".  FUN.

Mike in front of our resort.

Debbie and Mike make breakfast- team work.

The "men" make plans over coffee.

Deb and Mark at viewpoint on Mt. Rose highway.

Evening view from our balcony. Room 529.
Monday. We drive along west shore of Lake Tahoe and stop at "Inspiration Point" overlooking Emerald Bay.
Mountains surrounding Emerald Bay.



Emerald Bay and the Fannette Island

The "Happy" couple.
Lake Tahoe

-Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world, with a maximum depth measured at 1,645 ft, average depth of 1,000 ft .
- The Lake  is about 22 mi long and l2 mi  wide and has 72 mi  of shoreline.
-The floor of the Lake Tahoe Basin is at an elevation of about 4,580 ft, which is lower than the surface of the Carson Valley to the east!
-With an average surface elevation of 6,225 ft  above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States.  
-The water temperature near the surface generally cools to 40 to 50oF during February and March and warms to 65 to 70oF  during August and September. It has a water clarity of about 70 ft  deep.

 -The Lake Tahoe Basin was formed by geologic block  faulting. A geologic block fault is a fracture in the Earth's crust causing blocks of land to move up or down. Uplifted blocks created the Carson Range on the east and the Sierra Nevada on the west. Down-dropped blocks created the Lake Tahoe Basin in between.
-Some of the highest peaks of the Lake Tahoe Basin that formed during this process were Freel Peak at 10,891 ft, Monument Peak at 10,067 ft  (the present Heavenly Valley Ski Area), Pyramid Peak at 9,983 ft  (in the Desolation Wilderness), and Mt. Tallac at 9,735 ft

- Many streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but the lake is drained only by the Truckee River, which flows northeast through Reno and into Pyramid Lake in Nevada.


Views along the Lake.


Abundant colorful plants.


After eating lunch in Tahoe City we drive to Truckee to
visit the Donner State Park.


 Emigrant Trail Museum and  the Pioneer Monument, were built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's.  Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life including cannibalism of the dead.


The inscription at the bottom of the Pioneer Monument-at right.


Tuesday. We check out Heavenly Village and SHOP!

Deb enjoying the beauty. Perfect weather.

Gondola ride area.

Bear Totem pole.

Wednesday. We take a morning cruise to Emerald Bay on the paddleboat "Tahoe Queen"

We pull away from the dock.


Mike on deck.

Debbie inside for a "coffee break".

Paddlewheel in action.

"Captain" Mike in the steer house.

Fannette is the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe
 Located in beautiful Emerald Bay on the west shore of the lake

Vikingsholm is one of the finest examples
of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere
built in 1928 in Emerald Bay.

We cruise into Emerald Bay. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Fanette Island on left, Vikingsholm on distant shore.

Heavenly Valley Ski Area seen from boat.

Heavenly Valley Facts.

Heavenly is big. There are two sides to the mountain, the California side and the Nevada side. They are joined together via runs and chairlifts.  
• 4,800 acres – largest resort in California
• 3,500 feet – California’s longest vertical drop
• 10,067 feet – Lake Tahoe’s highest summit
• 380 inches of average snowfall
• 300 days of famous California sunshine
• 91 trails ranging from wide-open cruisers to plunging 1,200-foot chutes
 Oh, and jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe


Thursday. We visit Virginia City. Home of the Old West.
A national Bike rally was going horses in sight!
Virginia City Facts

The 19th century mining boom turned Virginia City into the most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco; and grubby prospectors into instant millionaires.  They built mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe and the Orient, and helped finance the Civil War... and then went on to build empires around the world. The finest example being San Francisco.

Today visitors can stroll along authentic board sidewalks, view historic churches, scores of 19th century homes, public buildings and quaint cemeteries along with  old West saloons, shops, museums and restaurants. For free or nominal costs, ride on a stagecoach, horse-drawn carriage, trolley or the historic steam-engine Virginia and Truckee Railroad that crosses scenic high desert and landscape dotted with old mines.

Inside St. Mary's Catholic church.



View from main street. You can see for MILES.

Interesting shop signs.

Mark and Debbie

View from Virginia City Main street of Sugarloaf mountain.

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