Most Tahoe locals have this experience. We go through our weeks working, working, working. And every time we see the mountains or lake we think that we never get enough time to enjoy this amazing place. We're sometimes envious of tourists who manage to take an entire block of time to experience Tahoe. (Of course, we could do that, too, but like most people, we usually go somewhere else on vacation.)
The problem in enjoying Tahoe is that we tend to think that, as with tourists, to really enjoy hiking or skiing or boating requires a day or six off, and how are we going to do that?
So it was a real gift when our friends Alice and Gary called us up and asked us to have lunch at Emerald Bay.
They weren't inviting us for something that required an entire day or more. Just lunch. Wow, what a concept.
So we made sandwiches and jumped into their speedboat. Tahoe is a big place, and many boaters talk about how long it takes to get across the water. But at 45 knots, you can get from the Tahoe Keys to Emerald Bay in just a few minutes.
|Here, we're approaching the entrance to Emerald Bay.|
|Mt. Tallac is behind us to the left.|
|Maggie's Peaks are up at the head of Emerald Bay. The gray triangle is the Rock Slide |
where part of the mountain slid down to the bay back in 1955.
|Our hosts found a perfect cove to drop anchor.|
|The moment we pulled out our sandwiches, this girl showed up, hoping for a treat, which, |
in accordance with best wildlife management science, we denied her. Sorry, girl!
|When lunch was over, it was a fast trip to the South Shore and back to work!|
Thanks to Gary and Alice for a world-class lunch!