Everyone has heard about Lake Tahoe, right? It’s where all the rich people own vacation homes, where water is bluer than the sky, where the views are grand enough to satisfy the hungriest eyes… Well, it’s all true! The tourists really seem to flock to the southern rim, so, naturally, Gina and I went to the northern side.
Lake Tahoe is surrounded by tall mountains with windy narrow roads. Honestly, I think for first time RV-ers, Gina and I have been pretty damn ballsy traveling all of the mountain roads that we have! Nonetheless, we prevailed. The initial trail we wished to hike had a very small parking area, and everyone parked like jerks, so we couldn’t fit the RV in. Disappointed, we carried on in search of another trail head.
After another half and hour of driving, we settled on a trail head called Meadows Loop Trail System. We chose to take the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail which branched off from the original trail head because we were really hoping for a scenic view of the lake. The trail system was dog friendly, and everyone stopped to say hi to our fur balls. Once we traveled a few hundred yards away from the main trail intersection, we were pretty much alone, so we let the dogs off the leash for the hike. It was an extremely peaceful and quiet journey, that is, other than the sound of Gina’s heartbeat every time a twig snapped. She constantly urged me to keep scanning for bears as she was convinced we would see one (P.S. We didn’t). I’m not sure we could have asked for a better day to hike, and the air was wicked fresh. Seriously, it was like strolling through a forest of aroma therapy! We couldn’t believe how at peace and healthy we felt with all that pure air we were sucking in. Less than 10 minutes into the hike, I developed a permanent smirk on my face. As cliche as it is, everything truly felt right in the world during that hike.
The trail was moderate in difficulty, and when we came to an area with a view of the lake, we were in awe. The water blended so smoothly in with the blue sky, only separated by clouds and distant mountains. I climbed up a small ledge to get a better view, and to my surprise, Gina did too! I’m still so proud of her for that because she is afraid of heights (surprising, right?) and usually leaves the climbing to me.
We really enjoyed hiking in the Lake Tahoe area. Everyone we met along the trail was uber friendly, and I don’t think the area or weather could have been more perfect or peaceful. I’m stoked to return for a longer stay! I’d love to hear about your experiences here, and any recommendations for our future return trip would be great!