Some of you may have glimpsed the beautiful views of my recent vacation to Lake Tahoe, California from my Instagram but I'm here to tell you more about my action packed four days in detail :)
My boyfriend Eddie and I got cheap flights up to Reno and decided to rent a car there to maximize our vacation time instead of driving the 7-8 hours up from Las Vegas. We left at like 5 am on Wednesday and arrived in Reno by 8am and had the whole rest of the day for activity! We were staying at Olympic Village Inn (OVI) courtesy of my awesome Dad which is in the heart of Squaw Valley, about 15 minutes from Tahoe City. Crazily enough there was still snow and you could snowboard or ski in the middle of summer!
We decided to go rafting with the Truckee River Raft Co. on Thursday which was more like a leisurely float down a five mile stretch of the Truckee but still fun! There are a few places where you can dock and swim in the river which are actually quite deep. They told us it gets as deep as 30 feet in some parts. The water is quite cold but very refreshing, especially in the summer sun! Make sure you wear lots of sunscreen or cover yourself! The high altitude makes it easier to burn. 10/10 would recommend! It is especially nice for families with small children. There was an alcohol ban in place while we were there but normally you can drink alcohol (if you're of age) as long as its not in glass containers.
Friday I convinced Eddie to try Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga with me and he was a great sport~ we signed up online and went with Mountain Lotus Yoga which is a studio in Tahoe City, right on the water! I have new found respect for all you SUP yogis because my goodness it was hard!! I managed to get a headstand in without falling in but there is no picture so maybe it didn't happen. Paddle boarding took a minute to get used to and especially the yoga part, even for a regular practitioner like myself....I would definitely recommend still! If anything, I want to do more SUP yoga! I might check out the SUP they have at Lake Las Vegas or down at Lake Mead :)
Later that day we rented bikes from OVI and took the bike path from Squaw almost down to Tahoe City, which follows the Truckee. It was almost the same path as the rafting but in the opposite direction. I haven't been everywhere yet but Tahoe/Squaw is one of my favorite places with beautiful scenery. Overall we rode about 10 miles round trip with a few scenic pit stops along the way it took just under three hours.
For our final day we got an early start so that we could beat the crowd and hike Eagle Falls which is the entrance to the Desolation Wilderness. You have to have a permit to go past a certain point, but it is free and you just fill out a form for it at the trailhead. Parking is $5 (cash/check only) and goes to maintaining the area. We hiked to Eagle Lake which is the first of three smaller lakes in the area I believe and was two miles there and back. It is not very long but it is mostly an incline to the lake but so so worth it! We saw little kids making there way up on our descent so I think its pretty family friendly. Lot of doggies too! My dog Penny would have loved it and I wish I could have brought her!
As we were leaving most other people were just arriving and lots of people were having trouble looking for parking. We got there before 8am and I recommend you do the same if you plan on checking it out as it is a very popular attraction.
We stopped for brunch at Rosie's Cafe in Tahoe City which apparently has the best pancakes ever, although I wouldn't know personally because both my brother and Eddie ate them all before I could try! However, I had their cinnamon raisin French toast that they make in house and it was super delicious! I also really appreciate that they had non-dairy creamer for their coffee which was pretty good too :)
After brunch we grabbed our suits and headed to the lake. We had day use access to Red Wolf Lodge, and they rented us kayaks for an hour. We were only out on the water for like 40 minutes but I was definitely tired by then anyways ha. We swam around the little cove/pier area they have there and then headed home. I managed to not put enough sun screen on for my reapplication and managed to burn my lips D: I think that has maybe happened once before but its pretty much the worst place for sunburn :(
Overall an amazing trip! I can't wait to go back to Tahoe, but also for the many new places I have yet to go! My next big trip is to Maui in October so stay tuned for that :)
Stay curious friends!