Tag Archives: Lake Tahoe

Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe; winter touring in Northern California

Vernal Falls in Yosemite, taken last January; again, no snow in a drought year.

Cross country skiers on road to Glacier Park, usually snowed in from December to March (photo courtesy National Park Service). Our Scotty in front of Yosemite Falls last January; note, no snow in the valley. The Truckee Hotel is just north of Squaw Valley; and provides overnight accomodations. Rangers lead a snowshoe tour along Lake [...]

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Family-friendly vacation or reunion destinations for the new year!

Purple lupine frames Mt. Tallac high above Lake Tahoe's Camp Richardson and Fallen Lead Lake.

  Family vacation or reunion: family-friendly vacation or reunion destinations for the new year! Thinking of family in 2018, I put out a call to Record readers and friends for their suggestions as to family-focused vacation and/or reunion destinations. Suggested criteria included a destination offering both kid’s and adult activities, nearby cabin rentals or motels, [...]

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Enjoy Lake Tahoe in summer and avoid the crowds…find hidden corners of the lake!

Lupine frames Mount Tallac, off Hwy. 89 north of South Lake Tahoe.

Beat Lake Tahoe’s summer crowds; focus on quiet places along Tahoe’s south and southwestern shore… Sure, Lake Tahoe can be jammed by tourists in summer months. But, you can still find quiet, secluded places near the lake, hang out for three or four days and mostly avoid the warm-weather crowds. We’re on a budget, so camping [...]

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Lake Tahoe for Valentine’s Day, or, anytime; take the sunglasses and binoculars!

Emerald Bay on a hazy Tahoe winter day is perhaps the most photographed location around the stunning lake!

Emerald Bay on a hazy Tahoe winter day is perhaps the most photographed location around the stunning lake! Several friends, and my wife, upon reading my recent Record feature and blog about romantic Valentine’s Day destinations in northern California, all noted “you omitted Lake Tahoe?”.  OK, perhaps a big oversight.  Revisiting my list of destinations [...]

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Rethink your California “Bucket List for 2015″; epic destinations!

The General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park, is largest tree in the world, and always draws an admiring crowd!

We live in, arguably, the most spectacular state in America. With all the wonderful destinations at your beck and call and the start of a New Year approaching, I suggest you update your bucket list of California destinations for 2015.  To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorites – most of them in [...]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA; Part III of III

During the 1960 Olympics, a compact Olympic Village had been constructed at the north end of Squaw Valley, CA, consisting of four dormitories for athletes, the Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, three outdoor skating rinks and a 400 meter outdoor speed-skating rink.  But, Squaw Valley did not easily offer the terrain for world-class cross country skiing or [...]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA, USA

Perhaps you did the math and considered a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening on February 6.  But the challenge of distance, cost, and fear of terrorism to get to the Sochi games likely put the idea out of reach.  Instead, find the spirit – and the ghosts – of the [...]

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Day trip to Lake Tahoe; take the sunglasses and binoculars!

Six weeks into winter…Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra have almost no snow. The ski areas are surviving on man-made snow on selected runs, and motels, hotels and restaurants are running at reduced capacity. With no snow in the forecast, and days reaching into spring-time 65 degree temps, it’s a great place for a one-day [...]

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