Day 34 to 38 morning – Lake Tahoe

May 25 early afternoon – 29 morning 

We left Marc’s late the next morning. We were going to stay with some friends in the Lake Tahoe Area.

We passed by some beautiful areas on our drive. We took some back roads and stopped at the Donner Summit Overlook.

The bridge should look familiar. It has been in a number of movies.

The view was pretty amazing.

There was still a significant snow pack.

We spent time hanging out and playing with the 8-week-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppy.

In one of her quieter moments.

She likes the snow as a true Swissie should.

We took a walk along the Truckee River between Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows.

The river was running really high.

Although the hike was basically a paved city greenway, we finished at River Ranch Restaurant. So we had drinks and enjoyed the view.

The next day we hiked up the mountain that is the basis of the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski area.

The trail was flat but snowy and slushy to begin with. The temperatures were in the 60’s so all the snow had gotten slushy, but was still there. 

Then we hit a nice relatively flat section without snow.

Sometimes that is the way the trail takes you.

That hike taught me that I really don’t enjoy hiking on slushy snow, at least not without YakTrax or something else like it to give me added traction.

I really struggled on the steep snow covered slopes.

But the views were pretty amazing.

And how often can you say you were hiking on a ski slope? Especially near Lake Tahoe.

Instead of trying to go back the way we came or trying to go down the ski slope, we opted to go down the other side of the mountain.

It was most certainly not an easy way down, but at least it wasn’t snow.

Jon is in the bottom of the photo.

We did get some incredible views going this way, too.

We didn’t see any bears.

On the walk through the neighborhood to get back to our friends’ house, we did see an example of why you don’t want to drive a golf cart on snow.

I’m glad we hiked it.

We had a great time and I loved playing with the puppy.

Showing off her flexibility and the spirit of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog on her chest

But the road was calling and we wanted to see Oregon and Washington. We headed out on the morning of May 29th.


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