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.
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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What???????? This makes no sense whatsoever. You travel the world, California is your home state and you have never been to Lake Tahoe? That is frankly bizarre.
@ Jay — I lived in SF for 15 years, fly 200-300k per year and I’ve never been to Tahoe. Yawn.
Another place full of San Francisco techies? No thanks. i want to get as far away from them as possible.
I am from Manitoba and have never gone to see polar bears. Granted, a one day trip costs about $2k and I was 20 when I left home. Also haven’t visited the Maritimes in Canada or Quebec City.
Lived in CA and never made it to Redding/Shasta.
Lived in Miami and never made it to the gulf coast.
Currently live in Texas and haven’t made it to the Hill Country that everyone raves about.
But I figure I can see all that when I’m old and decrepit. I’ll spend my youth shoved in a metal tube exploring the world outside the USA.
I’ve often felt that way, too. But after having a blast over a couple days traipsing through southern Oregon before seeing the eclipse, and then taking our kids on some weekend getaways that only require driving, I’ve been thinking of taking more local trips.
Only issue is that this cuts into time and $$ available for longer trips. Which I have to limit. I can see the reasoning of “saving” the close stuff for later.