explore tahoe

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Lake Tahoe

From Reno I took a great day trip up the mountain to Lake Tahoe and ended up circling the entire lake while stopping at some places for hiking and great views. Going on a recommendation I received, I pulled off the road and hiked less than a mile over to the “Secret Cove/Harbor/Beach” area and was met with incredible turquoise waters and a coastline of conifers and smooth boulders. It just so happens that this area is “clothing optional” and a handful of people were taking advantage of that on such a beautiful day… I tried to avoid capturing any of that in my photos and possibly violating people’s privacy. I hiked over to the other side of the trail an Chimney Beach park where I sat on the beach for a bit and enjoyed the quiet. After making my way further around the lake I realized that a few viewpoints and stops were still closed. As the sun was making it’s way behind the mountains I pulled over at Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park and climbed down a bit to see Lower Eagle Falls in full force. The 1 mile loop trail across the street was pretty flooded but still offered good views of the falls and river. On my way back East and off the mountain I caught a colorful sunset in my rearview, and only now wish that I had stopped to enjoy it when I had passed all the observers out in South Lake Tahoe with the right idea. I can see now why this area is a hugely popular destination, and it’s reputation hold true. Just another spot that I’m adding to the list of places to return to when I have more time to explore.