So my summer has officially started! Now that my summer class and internship at an outpatient clinic has ended, I was able to relax and explore the wilderness of Lake Tahoe with my family and our family friends. We went camping for 2 nights at Tahoe Valley Campground on the south side of Lake Tahoe. Here is an itinerary of our adventures thi past weekend:
Friday: We arrived at the campsite around noon and got settled in on our campsite. This included setting up our tent, grill, etc. By the time the two families that joined us had settled in, our campsite looked like a village! Once everything was set up, we ate dinner walked around the campsite and slept late into the night, ready for the next day’s adventures.
Saturday: So this day was jam-packed with activities! To start off, my mom and two younger brothers went to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament at Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline, NV (this was about a 15-20 min drive from our campsite). They went with one of the families and watched Steph Curry, Justin Timberlake, and Alfonso Ribeiro play 18 holes of golf.
While they were celebrity watching, my dad and I hiked with the other family at D.L Bliss State Park. On the way there, we drove past the beautiful scenery of Emerald Bay. Once we arrived, we started the Rubicon Trailhead hike going south towards Emerald Bay. During the beginning of the hike, we were treated to fantastic views of Calawee Cove and the indigo and turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe. The Rubicon Trail is 4.6 miles, ending at Vikingsholm, but we only hiked about a quarter of it since we were anxious to swim. We made our way back and hiked down to the water. From here, I swam with my friend and her cousin to the cove. The water was freezing at first, but super refreshing as I acclimated to it. I really enjoyed swimming in Calawee Cove because it wasn’t really crowded and the water and sandy rocks added to the already relaxing atmosphere. I think the reason why it wasn’t so crowded was that parking was about 3/4 of a mile from the actual cove, so you have to walk on the downhill path leading to the cove and trail. After swimming, me, my friend and our dads ran back to the parking lot to our cars so the rest of the family didn’t have to walk back up. It was a struggle running back uphill and in higher altitude, but I made it!
At the end of the day, we all met back at the campground to eat dinner. We also decided to check out the night scene at Stateline so we went to Harrah’s Resort and Casino.While the men stayed in the casino and the children played in the arcade, I went with the moms to walk down the night strip. During our brief time there, we had the pleasure of seeing Alfonso Ribeiro do a lip sync performance of some popular songs.
Sunday: Our last day in Tahoe! We woke up, had breakfast, and took down our tents and chairs for a good chunk of the morning. In my experience, taking down a campsite is much quicker than setting up but in this trip it took us longer to fit everything back into our car. Trying to fit everything in the car was like playing Tetris!
After we packed up and checked out of the campground, we made our way to Round Hill Pines to swim in the lake again. This beach was much more crowded than Calawee Cove because of it’s close vicinity to the various hotels and resorts but the views were also amazing. The water was fantastic; I found that the further I walked away from the shore, the sand was softer. Round Hill Pines is the place to go to for people watching because you can observe the various boats that float by the dock.
Overall, camping at Lake Tahoe over the weekend was the perfect way to celebrate the end of my summer class. The next time I go back here, I would definitely do the full hike of the Rubicon Trail, stand up paddle board, and maybe even try backpacking!