Lake Tahoe

Last month’s trip to the Lake Tahoe Basin for the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs was one of the best family adventures we have had. Thanks to our fantastic host, Tony, and our support crew, Tim and Sara, we were in good hands. Lake Tahoe is a true wonder and we met some new friends.

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We had days of running, hiking, biking, boating, and swimming. It was about as perfect as it gets for the Livingston’s. We didn’t do much sitting around, though there was time for pizza and the occasional ice cream.

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We stayed in Incline Village at the northeast corner of the lake on the Nevada side. It was the perfect base camp for the race.

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Tony was kind enough to take us on the lake in his motorboat and we got to experience a few of the more secluded beaches. It was high season in Tahoe so most days, the roads were busy, especially on the weekend. We went to Sand Harbor State Park several times. It is a true oasis, though it was crowded at times. Tony and I went back one night around 7:30 P.M. and had the beach to ourselves. We had a fun swim.

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One day, I rented a road bike from a local bike shop and did a lap of the lake. My route covered 82 miles and was very scenic. The traffic was a bit worse on the California side, but I managed. It was a good ride.

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The day before the race, Sand Harbor was full, so we parked on the side of the road and scrambled down a steep embankment to enjoy a lakeside rock garden to ourselves. This was Tahoe at its finest.

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We took the kids down to Vikingsholm on Emerald Bay, which was really fun. We missed the tour, but we walked the grounds. Deb and I ran over to the ski trails at Diamond Peak on a few occasions. Of course, we spent time at the start/finish in Spooner Lake State Park.

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The same day of the race, Tony and his team did the Trans Tahoe Relay. That would have been fun.

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Tahoe is clearly a high-end place to visit, but it’s worth the trip. You can find affordable camping accommodations in CA and NV. The whole casino scene doesn’t interest us. We love the outdoor adventure side of Tahoe and will return. Tahoe in winter would be fun to explore too.

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Race registration was in Carson City, the capital of Nevada. We didn’t see much, but it is very different from the lake area. It reminded me more of the Arizona desert. We didn’t make it to Reno, but I don’t think we missed much.

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Thankfully, our trip ended on a positive note after the challenges of the race and the lost iPhone/gear saga that I covered in the race blog post.

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