I had heard of Lake Tahoe as a winter-sports and summer water-sports destination. I am not into any of the winter nor summer sports. Me, my husband and our friends (Elmer & Lizel) went there to visit the place for the first time.

Friday, we arrived at South Lake Tahoe about 4pm, after a long drive from Southern California. It’s the 4th of April, snow only at the peak of the mountains. Though the weather is still cool, from 60s during the day and 20s at night.

When I saw the lake, my first word was: “Wow!”

The lake itself is huge. At its widest point it measures 12mi(19km) and it is 22mi(35km) long and it is one of the highest large lakes in the USA. Maximum depth is 1,645 feet. The Lake itself forms the border between California and Nevada There are plenty of accommodation options, from cheerful motels, campgrounds, cabin rentals, to the more upmarket resorts.

One of the things that I like about Lake Tahoe is its crystal clear waters and the mountain backdrop, it is so beautiful and relaxing.


We stayed in a cabin at a beach-side resort called Camp Richardson Resort . We got a good deal for their off season promo, $299 for 2 nights + $75 food certificate at the Beacon Bar & Grill. And you can choose any of the Historic Lake view & Forest Year-Round Cabin. We got the Fleetwood Cabin, can accommodate 9 person in it. 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen and bathroom.

Tired from our trip, we just stayed within the vicinity of resort, took some photos and enjoyed the view of the sunset and the moon rise.


Saturday, we drove to the Emerald Bay Vista Point, so sad we can’t drive down the bay. Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969 for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. It is only accessible by foot from Vikingsholm Parking Lot (1 mile walk) or via the Rubicon Trail, some arrive by kayak or private boat.

My husband and our friend, Elmer hike down to see the Vikingsholm, along the shore of the Emerald Bay.

Emerald Bay State Park features Vikingsholms, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight purchased the property surrounding the head of the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island in 1928 for $250,000.

Fannette Island is the only island in Lake Tahoe. It is located in Emerald Bay. The stone structure on the top that looks like a miniature castle is the “Tea House” built during the same time that Vikingsholm was constructed from 1928-1929. After being transported to the island by motorboat. Mrs. Knight and her guest would occasionally be served tea there. A small fireplace in the corner and a large oak table and four oak chairs in the center of the 16×16 foot room gave it a rustic appearance. The tea house has been vandalized in recent years and today only the stone shell remains.



Our next stop, the top of the Lower Eagle Falls. The way to get there is to climb down the rocks from the road side (opposite the parking lot) at the edge of the falls. This way is more difficult, but quicker and provides more views of the falls from up close.

From Eagle Falls, we drove through the narrow road of Fall Leaf Lake, just to take a look at the lake. Elmer wants to go fishing and we gave him his chance to do so. Fallen Lake is about one mile south of Lake Tahoe. It is just a small lake, and approximately 415 feet deep. The water is potable, and many homes along the shoreline run a pipe offshore to provide water during the winter when other water systems may be turned off.

Elmer’s fishing day ended without a catch….

Lake Tahoe, is a place where one can really relax, enjoy nature the surrounds you, and all the sport activities it has to offer from winter to summer sports.



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