Saturday, January 13, 2007

Lake Tahoe

Until our visit, the best image I had of Lake Tahoe was from The City of Angels movie, when Meg Ryan was bicycling along the road, just before she hit the truck! It was a beautiful scene (until that last part) and I wondered if such a popular place could have such unpopulated roads.

Well, yes and no.

There are parts of the drive around the lake that are unpopulated. These are mostly the ones in the National Forests. There are parts that actually go through cities (South Lake Tahoe -- it even has casinos). And there are some that have nestled lake houses along the side.

We stayed in Tahoe City on New Year's Eve. We debated about going to South Lake Tahoe but I was afraid that since it was NYE, we might get shut out of a reasonable hotel/motel room. I had checked and couldn't find anything reasonable listed as available.

So when we came to Tahoe City, we found several small motels with views of the lake and we settled on one. There was snow on the ground and a little ice to negotiate but even though it got down to 25 degrees the next morning, it wasn't unbearable. It didn't snow while we were there.

We walked most of the "downtown" if you can call it that, and found a little park that allowed us to walk down to the lake. It was a beautiful scene. We ate an early dinner at a local cafe called Rosie's and then back to the room. We celebrated New Year's with the East Coast -- watching the ball fall at Times Square, and then we called it a year and went to sleep.

The next morning we drove down to South Lake Tahoe, spent $3 on a Megabucks chance at a casino, then drove on to Yosemite, my next entry.


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