It was a glorious day for it--sunny, not at all hot, perhaps a little on the hazy side--and the company was good. I got to talk with people I haven't really talked with before, and it turns out I have some genuinely cool colleagues.
But enough of that. I took tons of pics and I want to share them.
|So, of course, Lake Tahoe is situated in the middle of|
Tahoe National Forest, which is near El Dorado National
Forest. A lot of forest.
|We wandered about half a mile from our cars to the Tallac Museum homes|
to look around.
|Quite a view they had.|
|A few of us wandered down to the water. While it was not a cold day, the|
water is frigid.
|Tahoe is known for being very blue, and very clear. Sadly, it's slowly|
|Someone else stood the feather up. I just took the artsy|
|Most beaches I visit don't have pine cones.|
|Chipmunks everywhere! I got this and the next (same little rodent) using|
|Very glad I used zoom. Oy.|
|This poor monarch was missing a chunk of its wing. Didn't have a hard time|
|We wandered some more, enjoying the views.|
|Glimpsing the very blue lake between the trees.|
|We took the Rainbow Trail for kicks.|
|It led us past/through (literally, the water flows over the walkway, and my|
socks got wet) a creek that feeds into the lake.
|This is brilliant--they built an observation room with the creek running by|
and you can watch the various fish.
|We picnicked near the parking lot before heading off|
in our cars to another part of the lake.
|We stopped at the Emerald Bay overlook. I took some|
Instagram pics here that will show up on the blog on
|Another Emerald Bay overlook, on the other side. We clambered up this|
huge rock formation. Definitely worth the exertion (the altitude makes
everything a tiny bit harder for me).
|Part of our group, checking out the waterfall.|
|I climbed on those.|
|The island in the middle of Emerald Bay.|
|A little bit later, we stopped for one last short hike--and here, the water was|
so gorgeously blue, it was almost painful.
|I love the contrasting colors.|
|Part of our path. Yikes! Even I had to duck.|
|That, believe it or not, is a lighthouse. It looks, as was pointed out by|
one of my colleagues, more like an outhouse.
|Walked down them to the lighthouse...had to walk|
back up. StairMaster at 6,000 feet.
|How do you help hikers over a fallen tree?|
|Possible victim of a lightning strike.|
|On the way home, we passed through historic downtown Truckee. I|
explained my sign pic thing and took a few pics out the windshield.
|We also stopped at this overlook--that is Donner Lake.|
|Our driver knew of these huge concrete statues in Auburn, so he drove us|
I got home around 7:00 last night, exhausted but feeling great. Not even a sunburn! Today is my first official "lazy" day of summer vacation, so I slept 'til 7:00 this morning (positively decadent) and went for a 5K run. That's just how I roll.
I love that I work with people who like to have adventures, as I do. I'll definitely continue to go along on these trips; it was a lot of fun, and a great way to bond with colleagues I wouldn't really get a chance to know otherwise. It's a huge school, and we all stay in our areas for the most part. It's fun to mix and mingle a little, because at the end of the day, the art teachers, the music teachers, the math teachers, the coaches, and the English teachers all have one big thing in common--we are teachers.