I'm going to remind you of an App I'm using called PhotoSynth. I've written about PhotoSynth before, but I'll call it out again in case you're wondering how I've managed to achieve some of the wide-angles in this post. When used to its extreme you can end up with psychedelic shots like above. This is actually a shot of the kid's room on holiday the night before we left for home. They'd told me that they'd packed everything and I went to check. Yeah, right!
Up on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a small lookout called Memorial Point. As you can see, the smoke was particularly bad the day I visited. This part of the lake is famous for the boulders that make up the shore-line.
See what I discovered below. I love graffiti as much as the next anarchist, but at Memorial Point? Why do this? Shame on you.
One place that I was was keen to visit for the first time was Squaw Valley. All I really knew about the place prior to going was that it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960. Of course, we were off-season for most of what Squaw Valley is famous for, but it was still definitely worth the hour's drive north-west of South Lake Tahoe. Above is a shot of the car park at the Squaw Valley village. See the mountain? That's were you need to go if you want to see the magic. And this is how you get there...
In case you're interested, the animated GIFs I've been creating this holiday have all been done using an iPhone App called Giffer. I'm getting better at using it, but as you can see above, my skills are weak. The App itself is pretty nifty and I'd recommend you checking it out if this sort of thing excites you. It took me a long time to realise that I could remove the giffer logo, and even longer to realise that I didn't have to have this sort of sepia look. It was a positive age before I realised that I could do video burst rather than snapping each frame. I'm still persevering.
Once you get to the top of Squaw Valley, this is what you find. Yep, there's a swimming pool. I sampled the hot tub, but the pool was way too cold for me! It was a real treat to get to stretch my legs and wander across the ski slopes.
Mount Tallac from Valhalla Beach
We went on a couple of bike-rides whilst we were in South Lake Tahoe. The final trip saw us venturing a little further from the standard track as we headed towards Fallen Leaf Lake. The map seemed fairly easy to follow, but it wasn't long before we'd decided that we were lost and headed back.
This was when my son stumbled across the snake. I think that was the final straw for Mrs Uke. She later told me that she was scared that we were going to meet a bear. The signs warning us to turn back were the decider for me. I loved it and in different circumstances, I'd have explored a bit further. It was fantastic. See the stream we stumbled across above. I can't be sure, but I think that this is a bend in Taylor Creek, a stream that wends its way from Fallen Leaf Lake down into Lake Tahoe. It was so peaceful, and we were the only people there!
In the picture below, you can see Fallen Leaf Lake through the trees. As soon as I saw this, I knew that we'd travelled too far. What a fantastic adventure. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief once we'd made it back to the main track. Don't tell the kids, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat ;-)
This must be my favourite of the shots in this post. It's one of the first landscape photos I took when I arrived in Nevada and was taken from Geiger Lookout on Geiger Grade Road en route from Reno to Virginia City. Davison M Geiger was a a local doctor who commissioned the building of the Geiger Grade Road in 1862 in order to provide an easier way to transport silver from the Comstock Lode. Here, we're looking out west and it was hot, hot, hot. Me and J-Uke spent some time lizard-spotting and listening out for rattle-snakes ;-)
I leave you with a sunset. Here's the sun setting over Lake Tahoe. One thing with all the smoke was that we were often treated to some spectacular sunsets. This was taken from the top of the Horizon Casino.
Okay, although this might have been a boring post, I've enjoyed reliving some of the wonderful things I've seen. I've maybe got a couple more posts up my sleeves, but I'm losing patience working through all the photos. I want to tell you a little bit about my new ukulele project to build the "Grand Poobah". It'll have to wait I'm afraid. Until next time...