Lake Tahoe – Rock people

I just started calling them that so that’s who they shall be.  This couple was standing on a rock which was sticking up out of the lake and took turns jumping in.

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She jumped in almost immediately after I took the photo above.  Here he is helping her back up onto the rock.

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Next, he put on goggles and flippers.  Note the huge underwater camera next to his feet:

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Ready….

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Bombs away!

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And here is a guy who had been floating nearby on a kayak who wanted to get in on the fun:

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The girl was real cagey – I could never catch her in the act of diving but she did several times.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada – East side

Monday morning I drove down to Lake Tahoe from where I am staying in Sparks, Nevada.  It is an easy drive which takes less than an hour.  I took Route 395 South, then Route 431, the Mt. Rose Highway, and drove down to the lake after having crossed over Mount Rose (reaching a driving altitude of 8,900 feet).  This was the view from an overlook as I started down the southwest side of Mount Rose:

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Lake Tahoe has a surface altitude of 6,225 feet above sea level and covers 191 square miles.  There are casinos and ski areas near the lake and many wealthy people live here (behind electronically controlled gates).

When I got down near the lake I was in Incline Village.  I started driving around the lake by heading south on Route 28.  They were doing road construction and had many potential overlooks and parking areas closed (and what wasn’t closed was private).  I saw some great views but had absolutely nowhere to stop.  Once I got past Sand Harbor things started to improve and I ended up fairly happy with the photos I took.  Here are shots from various locations on the east side of the lake:

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One thing I’ve always heard about Lake Tahoe is the amazing water clarity and colors which can be seen – almost like in the Bahamas.

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There are some people on and in the water around these rocks.  You’ll be seeing lots more of them when I post closeups taken with the digital camera.

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When I got down around Cove Rock I found these newlyweds (or soon to be) posing for pictures with friends of theirs.  I asked if I could take one for the blog:

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I took many closeups using the digital camera from the eastern shore as well as from South Tahoe and will be posting them shortly, just as soon as I group them by topic.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada – South and West sides

Stateline, just before you get to South Tahoe, is where most of the major casinos are located in the Tahoe area.  Here are four which had big, impressive buildings:

Montbleu and Harrah’s

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Harvey’s and Hard Rock

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This area was pretty congested as it was now lunch time so I paid attention to my driving and didn’t look around for any of the others.  There are lots of small casinos and there may be more big ones, too.  I didn’t make it around to the north side and I don’t remember if there were any big ones up there on the Nevada side of the state line.  I was in Tahoe about 20 years ago with my brother David and his wife Kendra.

I did notice while I was at a red light that there was a Baja Fresh restaurant on the opposite side of the street.  There used to be one in Raleigh which I really liked to eat at, but it closed, as have most if not all of them on the east coast.  There motto used to be: Eat Fresh.  No freezers.  No microwaves.  No can openers.

I had two yummy chicken tacos (which is what I always got in Raleigh) and since it had been so long I got a Mahi fish taco as well.  I’m looking forward to visiting lots of little taco joints once I get back out to the coast later this week, and enjoying lots of good fish when I’m in Oregon and Washington later this summer.  Now that I know Baja is still around out here I’ll have to keep an eye out for them.

After lunch I parked a few blocks from the South Tahoe beach and walked back to spend about a half hour in the shade taking pictures and just relaxing.  For a while I put both cameras away and just enjoyed watching everyone having fun.  Considering the proximity to July 4 it wasn’t nearly as crowded as I was expecting.

This 3-shot panorama was the opening scene at the South Tahoe boat launch and beachfront:

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The rest of the photos I took from this area were with the digital camera and I will post them separately later today.

Walking back to the car I noticed these pieces of artwork in front of an office building:

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I then starting driving up the west side of the lake.  Actually the post title says Lake Tahoe, Nevada but from this point on, until I get back to the state line when driving east on Interstate 80, I am now in California.  About the western 2/3 of the lake is in California and the east side is in Nevada.  There are casinos east of the state line where it intersects the lake on the north and south shores.

I timed it perfectly heading back north as the shifting sun stayed behind my back.  The main thing which surprised and disappointed me about the west side was that it rose quite a bit in elevation in relation to the lake, and stayed a pretty good distance away from it.  I was really bummed that there weren’t more overlooks.  It seemed that when I got a glimpse of a great view there was absolutely nowhere to park.  And when I could park the view was mostly obscured by trees.  The first overlook (they call them Vista Points out here) was absolutely PACKED, with overflow along the road (illegally) and people everywhere so I just kept on moving up the road.

I was able to sneak in shots from a few places, though:

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And this was a marina up near Meeks Bay.

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This guy was just firing up to head out onto the lake.

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They were doing road construction on this side of the lake, too, and after I took these pictures I hit a long line which advanced very slowly.  I decided I had enough fun for one day so I bailed out in Tahoe City and headed up towards the dreaded interstate on Route 89 rather than go all the way around the lake as I had originally planned.  I got to the lake at about the one o’clock position on a clock face and left it at about 10 o’clock, so I did see 3/4 of the shoreline.