The highest altitude lake of its size in the US. Sits at an elevation of 6,229 feet. Has 71 miles of shoreline. And get this….335 million gallons of water evaporate each day from Lake Tahoe, yet it doesn’t really change the lake much. So beautiful! With pine trees everywhere, it reminded us of Alpine lakes in Austria.
Yes, it is hard to believe, but as you can see in the fourth photo, Lake Tahoe does have a beach! It was a sunny, warm day, even though there was snow on the ground at various points, and of course, snow on the tops of all the peaks. You can see Fanette Island in Emerald Bay in the fifth photo. Fanette Island even has a teahouse! It is now in ruins, but Mrs. Lora Knight had it built in the late 1920s so that she and her guests could be taken there by boat and have high tea!
We also visited Reno, NV, about an hour’s drive from Lake Tahoe, and had quite a lovely visit with an old choir friend, Jim, whom I hadn’t seen in 20 years! Reno reminded us a lot of Downtown Las Vegas, with casinos galore on the main drag. There also is a new Riverwalk along the Truckee River, where we spied the kayaker in the rapids. And we went to visit the church, but guess what??? All of the doors were locked!