I was fortunate enough to make my way to Lake Tahoe last weekend. It was such a spontaneous trip that we didn’t even reserve any lodging until later in the afternoon on the day that we arrived 😀 ! Being my first trip to Tahoe, I wasn’t even sure what to expect. All I knew was that pretty much everyone I had talked to who had been there had something amazing to say about how beautiful Tahoe was.
The drive to Tahoe was a little puzzling at first with snowy mountains on one side and dry parched hills on the other. I think this was mainly because of the time of the year when half of the place is defrosting. Soon the view shifts to clear open roads with nothing buy snow covered alpine meadows in view. You’ll find yourself glued to the windows looking at the trees and the sky and the white snow and just trying to peak ahead of every turn in anticipation of what’s next. If there is one thing I learnt during this part of the trip it was that it’s really hard to take pictures from a moving vehicle. Luckily, there were a lot of stop friendly places along the way with stunning views of the lake.
It felt so surreal and I found solace basking in the same view that inspired some of the greatest minds to come up with fine poetic works. Among many other poets and writers, Mark Twain described the beauty of Tahoe in one of his travel autobiographies Roughing it. And I used to think most of it was exaggerated poetry and such but Tahoe is one of those places that in no time will have you sitting on a rock pondering the meaning of life lost in the beauty of what is in front of you!
“Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor, and give him an appetite like an alligator.” – Mark Twain
“To obtain the air that angels breathe, you must go to Tahoe” – Mark Twain.
Further north we stopped at Sand Harbor which quite frankly was the highlight of my trip! There are a lot of water activities here. I saw people in canoes as well as a group of snorkelers.
I knew that there was going to be snow but there was a LOT more than just snow here – with clear turquoise water, sunshine and melting snow all at once – Tahoe really is a magical dream come true in Spring!
Sand Harbor looked more like a beach with snow except that it was surrounded by these angelic alpine mountains all around! This portion of the lake was so clear it looked like glass. You could see right through the water. This was all so much more than I expected to see at Tahoe.
On our way back we decided to stop near Eagle falls. This is a MUST SEE stop and offers a stunning view of Emerald bay and Fannette island. By this time of the day, things were getting a lot darker.
I did my best with the camera but this picture doesn’t do much justice to the tranquil scenery.
Just behind me, the other side of this view had a small waterfall – I’m sure it wasn’t actually the “Eagle Falls” but was a small creek formed from all of the snow melt.
In all, Lake Tahoe is a magical dream come true in March. It really is nothing short of paradise – just perfectly paired shades of turquoise, cyan and green paired by nature. It’s a huge place with a whole lot more to do than just sight seeing. I only had about a day and a half to look around but I hope to make my way back here again to see more. My recommendation – Don’t miss out on Tahoe in the spring. I will vouch for this time of the year over any other time!