Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tour and Experience Lake Tahoe


Bay in Lake Tahoe 

Lake Tahoe is a majestic natural wonder.  The lake has remarkable clarity and it can appear to vary in color. The variety in colors, such as cobalt blue in the center of Lake Tahoe, occurs as light penetrates the lake and the water molecules absorb various colors. The lakes pureness is an attractive feature and it has been declared as one of the purest lakes in the world. It is currently protected as an Outstanding National Resource Water and under the Federal Clean Water Act. This protection is deemed important when you consider that it has lost about 1/3 of its world-renowned clarity since 1968. Contributing factors have been development impacted watershed, vehicle exhaust, pollution from urban areas and phosphorus.

The Tahoe Gal

The Tahoe Gal has daily cruises along with food, appetizers, or drinks. http://www.tahoegal.com/ The Tahoe Gal has made improvements to help keep the environment healthy. They have upgraded to low-emission, fuel-efficient engines.

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california side

Lake Tahoe is positioned on the border of California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is surrounded by hundreds of miles of trails that make an excellent spot for hikers to gear up.

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The area near Lake Tahoe is home to a variety of animals. This Stellar Jay is observing its surroundings. Besides animals, a  variety of trees play their part as well in creating this peaceful scene. Vegetation in the Basin mainly consists of Jeffrey Pine, Lodgepole Pine, White Fir, and Red Fir. All of which are conifers.

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The Kayaker appear small in comparison to the spacious mountains and trees.

 Vikingsholm Castle on Emerald Bay

   Nestled in the trees is the Vikingsholm castle.

Vikingsholm Castle on Emerald Bay

The Vikingsholm castle is at the head of Emerald Bay, California. The 38 room structure is open 7 days a week.  It can be reached by bus or private boat. The surroundings provide a scenic views. The castle itself exhibits Scandinavian architecture with a rich history. http://www.vikingsholm.org/ 

Caples

View of Caples Lake.

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nevada

The Nevada side offers a different perspective.

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Trails provide a chance to experience the beauty of Nevada.

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The closing photo is the monument that represents the 1960 winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. It was the 1st game held in Western U.S.      

Closing thought from Psalm 121

I look to the mountains; where will my help come from?  My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. The Lord will guard you; he is by your side to protect you. The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night. The Lord will protect you from all danger; he will keep you safe. He will protect you as you come and go now and forever. 

Websites I found helpful during research.

http://www.tahoefund.org/about-tahoe/recreational-paradise/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe

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