For years and years, there has always been one place on my travel list that I have wanted to visit. It didn’t matter to me whether is was winter or summer, I just wanted to get there.
Well Lake Tahoe, the time has finally come! Marcus and I arrived on Saturday, and we haven’t stopped since! We had a bright and early 4am wake up call in Tampa to catch our 6:30 flight. We wanted to get to Tahoe as early as possible to have plenty of time to explore. I LOVE spending time outdoors on vacation, and this is the perfect spot.
We ended up finding a place on Airbnb (more on that another day) that is located directly on the lake in South Lake Tahoe. The views are absolutely stunning – it is so strange to have the mix of both beach and mountain. I think we may have found the perfect combination!
We will be gone until Saturday, spending the first half of the week in Lake Tahoe, and then heading over to San Francisco for the second half. We are going to get in as much fresh air and mountain time as possible, and I think we are making a pretty good dent. I started off my day yesterday with a nice and chilly 4 mile run.
The altitude is quite humbling – I’m not sure which is worse, running in the hot hot heat, or at more than a mile above sea level. I was huffing and puffing without a doubt, but it was so worth it. I was up before the rest of the town (hello still being on east coast time!), and really enjoyed the exploration. As soon as I got back to our condo, I showered up, ate some breakfast, and we were off for the rest of the day. Our first stop – Emerald Bay.
It is located in the southwest corner of the lake, and is absolutely stunning. We parked on the top, and hiked our way to the bottom. It wasn’t a strenuous hike, so I highly recommend it if you have kids that can’t make it all that far. It was about 2 miles roundtrip, so it was very doable. There are plenty of trails when you get down to Emerald Bay, so we took advantage of exploring the area while it was still quiet.
(Hint: get there before 10am. We were still on east coast time, so we were up bright and early. We got there a bit before 9am, and had no issues parking or with heavy foot traffic. I can’t say the same for people when we left though.)
Since we were in such a beautiful spot at the lake, we decided to rent a couple of kayaks and get in some other activity! Since we can do this in Florida, we decided to rent them for an hour. We have been many times before, but we just wanted to take advantage of another view of the lake. I am so glad we did!
After kayaking, Marcus went for a quick swim. There was no way I was getting all the way into the water – it is so cold! He is way braver than I am. Spoiler: he didn’t stay in too long. Even he thought it was a bit too chilly to spend much time in.
We explored a bit more, and then headed a bit further north to Tahoe City to check it out. It was a super cute little town with lots of restaurants and things to do. I think we will be headed back there later this trip, and I’ll try to actually remember to take a few photos!
Today we are looking forward to some mountain biking, more hiking, and just soaking up as much mountain fresh air as possible! Who said vacations are for relaxation!? Bring on the adventure!