After our five hour dinner at the Ritz Carlton and a good nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore Lake Tahoe in Northern California. I wanted to make the 72 mile drive around the lake, or rather, I wanted Peter to chauffeur me as I snugly sat in the passenger seat. A prime viewing location. I had heard it would take three hours to make the trek, depending on how much time you spent at each stop.

Judging from the below 40 degree weather, most of this trips sightseeing would be done from the car window.

Our cabin was a short walk to Kings Beach and this was the perfect place to start our tour. The calm waters begged for some rock skipping, but my fingers were frozen and my stone throwing skills were rusty.
Kings Beach Lake TahoeKings Beach Lake Tahoe

Next on the tour was Sand Harbor, which is one of the most popular beaches in Lake Tahoe, but not today. The white sand was free of bikini-clad bodies or musicians playing on the concert stage. I could imagine how lively it must be in the summertime and took note to return here when the temperature climbs another forty degrees.
Sand Harbor Lake TahoeSand Harbor Lake Tahoe

I couldn’t resist getting out of the car at Camp Richardson for some pine cone hunting. And was rewarded handsomely.
Camp Richardson Lake TahoeAnnette White in Lake Tahoe

These beautiful Aspen Trees lined the Lake Tahoe South Shore, marking our halfway point.
Aspen Trees in Lake Tahoe

I risked hypothermia in my fingers to see the salmon run at Taylor Creek. And though all of my ten digits survived, it would have been worth losing one or two.
Salmon in Lake Tahoe

At an elevation of 9,735 feet, Mt. Tallac had glimpses of snow on its peaks. Because I was sans mittens or any proper cold-weather gear, I was happy to be viewing the snow from a distance.
Mt. Tallac in Lake Tahoe

The view from Inspiration Point made me want to park the car and have a minor make-out session in the back seat. That would have warmed me right up.
Inspiration Point in Lake Tahoe

Our last stop was a stunner, Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. Fannette is the only island found in Lake Tahoe.

I stood, outside of the car, trying to capture all of its beauty, for a moment forgetting the chill in the wind, my chapped lips or numb ears.
Emerald Bay Lake TahoeFannette Island Lake Tahoe

After a three and a half hour excursion around the lake, we got back in the car, turned the heat on full blast and headed North for dinner.

Note to self: Next time bring mittens, earmuffs and a scarf to Lake Tahoe.

Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe?

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