A DAY AT LAKE TAHOE
We only had a day to explore Lake Tahoe so we decided to hike the Emerald Bay Area west of South Lake Tahoe. It was a beautiful day to hike the surrounding canyons.
The highway from Carson City brought us close along the south shore through the hills above the lake.
After a quick coffee stop @ Revive in South Tahoe we set out for Eagle Falls.
Autumn was in full swing along the trail.
We ended up hiking about eight miles - going up into the canyon first and then heading to the beach.
The path took us up a ridge above the creek to a beautiful lake.
On the way down we enjoyed the views of Emerald Bay.
Fannette Island is the only island in Lake Tahoe. The island is home to the ruins of a stone "tea house" that was owned by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight. Mrs Knight built a summer home on Emerald Bay in 1929. The rustic mansion is now part of a state park. It was closed for the season while we were there but we were able to wander the the grounds.
Mrs. Knight traveled to Scandinavia to get ideas for creating this Viking Castle. It's got a GREEN roof!
Most of the building was constructed on site with native materials. Called "Vikingsholm" the 38 room mansion is being lovingly restored by a group of volunteers.
Find out more -- http://vikingsholm.com/
All paths led to the beach where the clouds were magical.