Waterfall Wednesday 

I am happy to report that after 12 months Lake Tahoe has finally reached its natural rim. Now all we need is another 242 billon gallons to reach our maximum capacity..but who knows when that’ll happen. So, with all this water flowing into the lake, you know that means the waterfalls are flowing too. Thank you El Niño!

Fallen Leaf happens to be one of my favorite places to go at this time of year, it is like a different world, so peaceful and calm. The lake is three miles around and a mile wide, and cute summer homes are on most of the lakes edge with private docks. There is also campground, from where the lake is, and only a short walk away which is perfect for families!

The waterfall that flows into the lake is pretty spectacular also, it’s shorter but wide and the water flows all over what I call the Sierra Slate. We sat and listened to the birds chirping and the water flowing for almost an hour. The flow of water is my favorite thing to listen to…it clears my mind.

If you haven’t been to Fallen Leaf Lake before I encourage you to check it out! You can find the entrance off Highway 89, you’ll turn into Fallen Leaf Road. It is a two lane road until the campground, then becomes a one lane road with pullouts for oncoming traffic. Please drive slow and be courteous to other drivers on the road. To drive to the falls you’ll continue pass the general store on the right and you’ll come upon a fire station on your left, go past the fire station onto another one lane road, you’ll go up a half mile or so and hear the falls roaring, parking is difficult as there is no designated spots. Make sure to watch your little ones as there is no gate or fence that keeps you from the falls

The waterfalls around Tahoe will not be full for long, as the snow melts away, so between now and the end of June will be the best times to see them. So get out there and explore!

Xo, C

Steppin Into Spring

Ahh, Spring has finally sprung upon us. The crowds have gone, the flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the waterfalls are raging. This and fall are my two favorite seasons, because we get to enjoy the beauty of our home without as many people around.

Baby M and I have been busy this week with visitors. That means we get the honor of playing tour guide. So I’ve come up with a short list of my favorite things to do with our family and friends in the Spring.

1. Hikes along the East Shore:

 THUNDERBIRD BEACH
The East side of the lake (East Shore) gets the most sun, so the snow melts the quickest. This makes more perfect early spring hiking, because most of the trails are hikeable. The water on this side of the lake is my favorite as it tends to resemble Caribbean like waters, with the way the shades of blue change with the depth of the water.

Chimeny Beach, Thunderbird Beach, and Skunk Harbor are just some of the better beaches, with easy down hill but intense up hill climbs (well worth it, in my opinion). You can find parking for these off the side of Hwy 28 before the gates open for the parking lots in late May. Check out Hidden Beach too, easy walk in and out.

The water is crisp and refreshing so if you are feeling up to it, JUMP IN!

2. Downtown Truckee:

TRUCKEE RIVER

Downtown Truckee on Donner Pass Road has something for everyone of all ages. They have a great selection of bars and restaurants and some of the best shopping in Tahoe. It falls along side the Truckee River as well as the Union Pacific Railroad. They also have a California Welcome Center with tons of information on the local areas if you want more information on what’s around you.

I encourage you to check out the train cart museum on the side of the welcome center which has some neat history about the the Truckee Railway. Also, you have to view the river that flows under the bridge, it is the only outlet of water from Lake Tahoe.

A few of my favorite stores: Nomad Boutique- They have great clothing & accessories and is pretty affordable. Bespoke- There is such a unique selection of items here. Great for gifts! Treehouse Children’s Boutique- A perfect children’s store with everything from toys to clothes. CA 89- A local brand with a great selection of clothing and other cool things!

Check out 1882 for some great BBQ and they have outdoor patio seating which gives you the perfect river view! Marg’s Tacos for some great street tacos and a killer drink selection.

3. Emerald Bay:


You are never disappointed going here, it is one of the most photographed places in Tahoe. Eagle Falls flow right into this bay that houses a Vikingsholm Castle and an island that was used as a tea house once upon a time.

Take some time to walk down Vikingsholm Trail and walk around the Castle, they actually open it up to the public for tours in summer. Check out the massive waterfall that goes under the highway, but be careful, it gets slippery. You might even get to see the Tahoe Queen come around the bay, it’s a 2 hour cruise on a paddle boat that gives you an on the water tour of Emerald Bay!
Honestly I would write out a list 30 pages long of my favorite things to do but these are always a must  when being a tour guide.

I would love to know some of your favorite spots in your home towns incase we visit soon.. Now off to enjoy our weekend with some more visitors

XO- C

 

 Mountain Momma

 A lot of parents wait to take their kids outside or on vacations because they believe they are too young. I think it is always easier to get a child adjusted to something when you start them young. My daughter is only 3 months old and already loves being outside and the fresh air…seriously…when she is crying up a storm all we have to do its take her outside or roll down the windows in the car and she instantly calms down.
A few days ago my brother, baby M, and I went up for a hike to Cave Rock in South Lake Tahoe. Yes, it was a bit of a struggle, as it is mostly rocks and a vertical climb. I had her in my Moby wrap it was just like I was climbing with a ten pound weight around my neck, makes for a better exercise I think :). Once we got to the top it was well worth it, the view it gives you makes it one of the most incredible around the lake, and baby M loved looking around and feeling the wind.

Cave Rock is a well known spot in Tahoe, with rocks so high and wide that Highway 50 was built to go through it. You can get it off Highway 50 and turn onto Cave Rock drive, you will drive up a slop that veers to the left you then have the option to go straight or continue up the street, go straight and find a place to park. The trail head is easy to find…just stroll along and you’ll see the cluster of rocks (this is the difficult part, as there is no designated trail to take up, you just wing it) I do not recommend this hike for anyone with children who can’t be held in a carrier or hiking pack, as it is very steep and drops off more then 100 feet. However you can you can still take the trail and get a great view to the base of the rocks and walk around them.

Get out and explore!

 

XO, C