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As a native Californian, I have been all over this state. Everywhere from Shasta to San Diego. Napa to Needles. Oakland to Oroville. Fresno to Fullerton. I’ve also taken several trips to various parts of southern Oregon.

Even though I have now been to all but 4 counties in the state, there is one spectacular location that I have failed to visit: Lake Tahoe.

Emerald Bay State Park surrounded by trees and mountains

Laying eyes on Tahoe’s gorgeous blue waters

I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Tahoe. Whether it’s winter skiing or summer hiking, the gorgeous blue waters of California’s grandest lake are one of the best sights California has to offer. Lake Tahoe has something for everyone.

But apparently not for me…even though I love skiing (I just don’t like the $$$ it requires) and greatly enjoy hiking. Somehow I’e never made it to this part of the state. Just a couple weeks ago I got as close as Auburn. One of these days I’ll finally see it for myself.

Recipe for a long weekend

Lately, I’ve been taking our older two kids on short getaways. We’ve now done three, and we have one planned for next month. It is turning into a monthly tradition.

Even though they are not keen on car travel, I am going to consider adding Tahoe to the list. It is about 7 hours from us, which is a long drive. Not sure I’m willing to brave it. Our last trip included four bouts of puking (yuck). If we do go, it would be sandwiched on either side by a full day of travel, so this would be a minimum of three nights in my mind to make it even possibly worth it.

In any case, I’m now 28, and have been traveling several times per year for the past few years. So it is a bit ridiculous I haven’t seen this beautiful part of my own state!

How about you? Is there anywhere close to home that you haven’t seen that you probably should have by now?

Lake Tahoe image courtesy of The Tahoe Guy via Flickr under CC 2.0 license.

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