An Afternoon at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

An Afternoon at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Not on an Empty Stomach!

After years of hearing from other people how beautiful Lake Tahoe was, we finally managed to spend two night there in May 2015 during our honeymoon road trip. We stayed at a motel in South Lake Tahoe, close to the beach and the only problem we had was deciding how best to use our one full day. Our receptionist had recommended a great place for breakfast called Bert’s Cafe that Nigel noticed was close to Emerald Bay which was one of the ‘must see’ places to visit. And so, once refuelled by what was now brunch at Bert’s Cafe, we were soon driving along the western shore of Lake Tahoe along a very scenic road, which climbed higher and higher.

Emerald Bay – Love at first Sight!

Our first sight of Emerald Bay came from a viewpoint, about a mile from the main car park and what a sight it was! The bay far below us was fringed with white sand, backed by tall fir trees which spread up the mountain sides. The brilliant blue skies with just the occasional cloud made the scene picture perfect. After taking some photos, we drove the short distance to the main car park, from which there was a path snaking down a fairly steep hillside. As with most places in the US, there was a charge to park of around $6. It was a warm day with the temperature around 80F. As we walked down the hill we were thinking that coming back up in the heat might not as much fun!

Chillin’ at the Beach!

The beach at Emerald Bay was relatively quiet but we decided to head for the most remote point on the beach, which we had spotted from the car park above. Naturally, this involved wading across a river of freezing cold water and climbing over quite a few fallen trees, which were blocking our route. It was worth it however when we finally reached what felt like our private beach on a deserted island. We spent a few hours there, just enjoying the Lake Tahoe solitude and being able to relax in the sun after two days of hiking at Mammoth Lakes. We even braved the water a couple of times which we would call … refreshing! In the late afternoon we made the return journey over trees, across the river and up the steep path back to the car and yes it wasn’t a lot of fun going back up!

Ice Cream Ecstasy!

By the time we reached the top we were rather hot. We remembered being told about a great ice cream parlour at Camp Richardson, which we would be passing on our way back. When we arrived, there was a brief moment of panic when we thought that the store was closed. We have a photograph showing Martha’s emotions going from devastation to elation whenever we realised that we were at the wrong store and the ice cream parlour was right next to it and still open! Apparently, what we had was the small ice cream … well if that was the small then we dread to think what they served a large one in … a traffic cone perhaps?

Camp Richardson Ice Cream, Lake Tahoe

Gone but not Forgotten

One sad footnote, literally footnote, to our day was the demise of Nigel’s beloved ‘flip flops’! That final uphill walk from Emerald Bay back to the our car proved to be a step too far. They were faithful companions for the last few years and together they had many great adventures. May their ‘sole’ rest in flip flop heaven. And so we leave you with this poignant shot of them that final morning on the shore of South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe

Our first sight of Emerald Bay came from a viewpoint, about a mile from the main car park and what a sight it was! The bay far below us was fringed with white sand, backed by tall fir trees which spread up the mountain sides. The brilliant blue skies with just the occasional cloud made the scene picture perfect. After taking some photos, we drove the short distance to the main car park, from which there was a path snaking down a fairly steep hillside. As with most places in the US, there was a charge to park of around $6. It was a warm day with the temperature around 80F. As we walked down the hill we were thinking that coming back up in the heat might not as much fun!

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