Even though Lake Tahoe is only three and a half hours away from my Northern California home, I hadn’t been there in over ten years. So, when Peter and I were offered a free cabin for a couple of days there was no way I was turning down this getaway. Free is good. Besides it was salmon spawning season and I had my heart set on watching the salmon run. I am a voyeur like that.
Taylor Creek has many beautiful sights, but one of the most interesting is seeing the Kokanee salmon run each fall.
Along the way, I found the largest pine cone…EVER. And Peter found the smallest.
Then we came upon this…thing. I couldn’t even begin to wonder what the heck it was. I guessed it was some sort of sun observation device. Nope.
And then we arrived.
The salmon work really hard to get back to their birth place.
Once the salmon arrive, the female builds a nest, the male fertilizes the eggs and both sexes die. Very Romeo & Juliet-esque. Several months later the babies are hatched.
“At Taylor Creek, the life of the Kokanee salmon begins and ends when they return to their birthplace to spawn and die”
I am a big fan of any traveling that starts out with a check off my bucket list. I think I’m going to like Lake Tahoe.
Have you ever seen the salmon run? Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe in Northern California?
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