We had a fantastic time in Lake Tahoe ~ we really made the most of our two days there. I am definitely looking forward to our longer stay next month. I think one of the biggest things I personally LOVE about Lake Tahoe is that it really is a place where there is something to do year round. Summer is my favorite because you can go on hikes, bike rides and get out of the Northern California heat for sure. I wanted to share a few highlights of our trip with you all ~ we did our fair share of eating, gambling, visiting the street fair, walking around and HIKING!
As we drove to the Eagle Falls/Lake hiking trail, we stopped to snap a few shots of Emerald Bay. Below is the “mouth” of Emerald bay – it’s a cove that was created by glacier’s years ago.
This is Lake Tahoe’s only island ~ Fannette Island. There is a pretty cool story about the person who owned the island several years ago and the little “Tea House” he built on top of it.
You can also tour the Vikingsholm Castle by hiking on the trail to get there. I just settled for snapping a quick picture before we took off for Eagle Falls/Lake.
Have I ever told you that The Husband is a big animal fan? We came across this super cute chipmunk along the way who walked right up to use. He seriously knew how to “work it” and pose to get us to break out some nuts for him. No worries, we didn’t touch him so nothing ‘plagued” us, we tossed the cashews out in front of him
He quickly gobbled them up. I LOVE this picture ~ doesn’t it look like he is smiling? 🙂
These crazy blue birds also flew in and swiped the nuts away as fast as we could toss them. I finally had to convince The Husband to stop feeding them or they’d follow us home 🙂
As you walk up to see Eagle Falls you can see the bridge you get to cross to get to the other side.
Eagle Falls isn’t much to see in the summer, but, I bet it’s AMAZING in the winter or spring when the snow is melting and the water is higher.
Before the water “falls” off the mountain, it makes its way into this pool area. Can you believe people were actually standing in this water – it had to be so cold!
The hike out to Eagle Lake is pretty strenuous especially with the thin air due to the altitude. However, the entire time you are in aw by the beauty of the mountains and really just how small you are.
Much of the trail looks like this ~ some rocks forming steps, some walking the dirt in the woods and The Husband swears he was seeing “bear caves” and “snake holes” I reassured him that we were in a very public area and bears/snakes don’t usually like to hang out with tourists 🙂 He’s so funny!
When you get to the top of the mountain, you are at Eagle Lake. It’s absolutely breathtaking with glass like water and totally worth the trip.
Ahhh ~ so beautiful and peaceful. It is honestly the perfect place to picnic if you ever go.
Here are some food highlights of our weekend. I didn’t photograph everything, but, this is like 90% of everything we had that was worth talking about. The rest was fruit, nuts and a few snacks we brought with us.
Before we headed out for our drive, I snacked up some Strawberry Fiber 1 Yoplait Yogurt. YUM! I LOVED it, but, I think I may like the Key Lime just a tiny bit better – it might be the cinnamon flavor in the Lime that sells me. Either way, it was fantastic and held me over for 2 hours before we stopped for breakfast.
For breakfast, we stopped at a local diner in Davis, Ca called Cindy’s. I LOVE a place you can order grits (yes, it’s a rare find in California!). I ordered an Eggbeater Denver Omelet, no cheese, plus wheat toast and GRITS. I covered my omelet in hot sauce and pepper and inhaled it all 🙂
Whenever we are in Lake Tahoe, it almost always involves a trip to our favorite sub shop ~ The Yellow Submarine! They make the best “salad” sandwiches ever. They load them up with veggies, olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs, parmesan and pepper. I ordered a small 6 inch turkey club with AVOCADO – it was HUGE and I couldn’t finish it all. So good!
For dinner we went to The Hard Rock Cafe. I stole one of The Husband’s Buffalo Chicken wings, plus celery x’s2 and a few bites of Mac n Cheese. I didn’t like their mac n cheese at all – it was funky with salsa in it.
For my main entree, I had the grilled T-Bone Steak with mushrooms, onions and a garlic merlot butter. It came with a 1/2 twice baked potato and snap peas. It was one of their specials and I ordered the gigantor steak so The Husband could have it. I had about 1/3 of the steak and ate everything out. It was honestly amazing ~ better than alot of steak houses and that says alot. He ate all of his plus 2/3’s of mine.
Pre-hike this morning, we stopped in at Starbuck’s ~ Perfect Oatmeal plus 2/3 of all the toppings and a grande ff iced latte with caramel drizzle.
Lunch/Dinner were eaten at The Brewery ~ this is my absolute favorite restaurant anywhere. I wish we had one near us, but, then, again, maybe not because I’d always want to eat there. Everything I have had on their menu is fantastic. We started off with their homemade chips and salsa. They season their chips with this salty, sweet, chile spice that is amazing. They come out super hot too! I had more than my fair share of these.
For my main dish I ordered the Spicy Chicken Ranchero Wrap with steamed veggies. I did steal a few of The Husband’s beer battered fries – too good!
My wrap rocked! It had grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, a little cheese all packed into a grilled sun dried tomato wrap ~ YUM!
Our trip to Lake Tahoe was such a fun trip and exactly what we both needed. I am off to catch up on some zzz’s! This week is going to be a short, but, fun, work week – I hope!
Thanks for all your great comments while I was away. I will catch up with you all soon!
See you all in the morning!