The crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe


Crystal clear water, Winter Olympic history and a slice of Americana await you in the Northern Lake Tahoe region of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. My visit to Lake Tahoe in September 2012 was a brief one on the way to Sacramento from Reno, Nevada. I stopped in the lakeside towns of Crystal Lake, Kings Beach and Tahoe City to take in the views of this beautiful lake.

Lake Tahoe Kings Beach California
Kings Beach – Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Ripples
Tahoe Vista
The Tahoe Vista view
Lake Tahoe California
Crystal clear water and mountains – fantastic!

Nearby is the skiing village of Squaw Valley. This area was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics and is today a very nice place to visit all year round (upscale facilities abound in the village). There is a cable car that can take you up into the mountains but alas I had no time to do this during my visit.

Squaw Valley Winter Olympics 1960
Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley
No snow, but still a nice view!
Village Squaw Valley California USA
The Village

Further north I stopped in the mountain town of Truckee, a favourite place for tourists along with the rich and famous. Truckee has a nice little main street with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants with that old Americana feel to the place.

Truckee California USA
Main street Truckee
Truckee Americana
Classic Americana in Truckee
Truckee California
Had a great sandwich in this place

Truckee, a logging town and a key location for the emigrant trail was also a place where  nearby in 1846 the Donner Party, a group of emigrants suffered great hardship and tragedy. They had set off from Missouri by wagon train for California but got trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains – to cut a long story short, of the original 87 people only 48 survived. The party had become separated and were in different locations when the first were rescued in 1847. Many of the survivors are thought to have resorted to cannibalism to make it through! I just stuck with a sandwich on my visit!

Donner Party
The ill fated Donner Party
Emigrant Gap Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Emigrant Gap in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. kdawikstrom says:

    Beautiful pictures!

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks for taking a look

  2. I’ve always wanted to go to Lake Tahoe! 🙂

    1. Deano says:

      The water is so clear! Great place and the surrounding area has so much to see and do. Well worth a visit 🙂

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