Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and it is the second deepest after Crater Lake in Oregon. The lake was formed about 2 million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin. It is known for its deep blue color and clarity and is a major tourist attraction both summer and winter.
The Campground by the Lake is a large, recreational area owned and operated by the city of South Lake Tahoe. It is covered with mature pine trees, and is really a campground by the lake. You literally walk across the street from our camp site, B-6 and you are on the street above the shoreline. Bike and walking paths are paved on both sides of the street and even though there is a steady thrum of cars on the road, the view can’t be beat and the location is perfect. There is a picnic table and BBQ pit for every campsite and some even have wood burning pits too. My daughter Lara and I just checked out the bathrooms and showers and the showers are part of the package deal. In many State and Federal Parks, you will need quarters for 3 minutes of tepid, water flow. These showers are free but I haven’t checked to see if the water is hot or not.
We arrived yesterday, late afternoon, after having driven from Lee Vining, which is next to Mono Lake, and we will be able to stay here for 2 more nights. If we want to stay longer, I will have to check in with Ed, the host of the Campground at 9am, to see if there are any cancellations. It would be nice to stay through the weekend if at all possible. The location of the campground is perfect and the sites are very spacious.
The nights have been very cold and Callie has started to cough again just a little bit, so we are leaving the heat on and trying to keep her warm and cozy. We think she has developed asthma after a 4 month bout of bronchitis during the summer that was difficult to get rid of. She is receiving a steroid cream that is rubbed in her ear.
For now, Lara has donated her coveted white blanket for Callie’s use. Callie can’t stand plushy blankets and acts like a cat has been skinned alive and made to donate its fur, if her paw so much as touches a plushy blanket. This is a beautiful, pure white blanket that can be folded into a pillow. It is Lara’s favorite blanket and it is quite the sacrifice to allow Callie to sleep on it. Lara wants to share in Callie duties and is trying to make my life a little easier. Callie can be quite demanding during the night.
We are going to go on a bike ride today, but otherwise just want to relax after 2 rather stressful days of traveling. It is beautiful out and the sky is a deep, rich cerulean, blue and the lake is a dark aquamarine. I am an artist and can throw around color descriptions that fit the colors that I see and paint with. Ha-Ha! The temperature is brisk and perfect for outdoor, aerobic activity.