Sunday: We spent the morning slowly getting ready, packing up our bags, and loading the car - it was my birthday after all, but as much as I wanted to savour relaxing in the morning, I also wanted to get on the road so we could be in Lake Tahoe. Since we had already visited Mono Lake and took the scenic route in Mammoth, the only stop we had along the way was Lundy Lake. I was secretly hoping that we would be able to do a hike around the lake so Wick could get some of his energy out, after seeing photos of it on Instagram (of course), but we didn’t realise how much it had actually snowed the weeks before until we started driving the narrow road towards the lake. The fog was still settling around the area as we made our way to the lake, with the trees pretty much covered in snow. Once we got down to the lake, we were literally the only people there. It was absolute silence for miles, and well, the lake was completely frozen over. I attempted to try to take some photos “in the snow,” but literally just got my foot stuck and buried in at least a foot of snow. We opted for photos just standing off on the road, before getting back in the car.
Thankfully, the drive to South Lake Tahoe was only about 2 - 2.5 hours away from Mammoth, so we didn’t have much longer to go from Lundy Lake. Driving through the mountains though always takes my breath away, there is just so much to see and it was amazing to see the change in temperatures as we drove along. There would be patches where the trees were completely covered in frost and then as the temperatures rose, it was just all green.
Once we got to South Lake Tahoe, we quickly found our AirBnB, and unpacked. I absolutely loved the little cottage we stayed in. It was centrally located, in walking distance to the shops and markets, very cozy, and had a decent sized backyard (filled with snow) for Wick to run around in. After we settled in, we drove (I underestimated how close we were to the shops) to the supermarket to pick up some food for the house, and then we grabbed a quick meal at Kalani’s at Heavenly Village. We walked around some of the shops afterwards, before heading back to our AirBnB to retire for the rest of the night.
Monday: Our only agenda for this day was to make our way over to Sand Harbour State Park and have a walk around and take some photos. This place is hands down my favourite place in South Lake Tahoe - just the colours of the lake are so mesmerising, and to be surrounded by the mountains while you’re on a beach is just indescribable. Funny enough, we were the only ones there - seems to be the running theme of this trip - so we were able to get some great pictures of the lake and the mountains. We walked along the wooden pathway from beach to beach, and Wick just loved being outside with the air so fresh, but also freezing!
After we were done walking around, we decided to just continue the drive over to North Lake Tahoe just to see what was out there. It wasn’t a bad drive, maybe about 45 minutes around the lake - we didn’t end up stopping anywhere per se, but really just wanted to see and then head back to our AirBnB. Mind you, the day we left for this trip, Bret had passed his cold onto me, so the entire trip I was trying to recover from a cold so relaxing was the best method of tackling it.
Monday night, we at least made it out of the house to have my post-birthday dinner at Himmel Haus, which, if you’re ever craving a veal schnitzel, is the place to go. The food was so good, and I wished we had time to go back.
Tuesday: We got an early start the next day, mostly because in my mind, I really wanted to try to hike Desolation Wilderness and “beat the crowds and get decent parking” - but little did I know, heavy rainfall the weeks before = loads of snow up in the mountains and ice. We made our way up to Emerald Bay, stopping by at the viewpoint along the way, before parking at the Eagle Falls Trailhead. And of course, there was plenty of parking! We attempted to start on the hike, but didn’t make it very far. There were clear paths in the snow for the trail, however, under the snow was a bit of ice. There were a few people walking around further up, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t go much further than where they already were. Another hike I have to pocket for when we plan our summer trip out to Lake Tahoe later on this year.
As we made our way back down the mountain, we stopped by Taylor Creek and took a little walk around the creek in the snow before heading back to Heavenly Village for some lunch to warm up! I can’t say we did much else after lunch, as we had super yummy burgers, which means we were totally tuckered out and just ended up spending the rest of the day playing with Wick in the backyard and also binge watching The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel.
Wednesday: Before we headed back home to San Diego, we swung by Free Bird to pick up some coffee and acai bowls. They by far have one of the best acai bowls I’ve ever had, and I’m pretty sure it’s because their secret ingredient is apple juice mixed in with the acai. Once we packed up and cleaned the house, we hit the road for the long journey home a.k.a. about 9 hours. We only stopped by Erick Schat’s bakery to pick up some soup and some bread, but other than that, we were more focused on just getting home.
Overall, although we didn’t get to hike the trails I had planned out for us, it was such a great, relaxing trip, being able to spend so much time in the snow, and a perfect end to 2018. I can’t wait til we plan all our trips for 2019, so once that’s in the works I’ll definitely be posting more and a little recap on our very short weekend trip to Las Vegas last weekend!