Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe: The drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe took about three hours, with a mandatory stop at In-and-Out Burger along the way – Dicken, Mary and Kiera are obsessed. Our house was situated on Old Greenwood golf course (designed by Jack Nicklaus) in Truckee, about ten miles from Lake Tahoe. It was a beautiful spot with plenty of room for everyone, as well as an awesome outdoor fire pit (perfect for s’mores). We spent the next day hiking up by Emerald Bay, swimming in a nearby lake and checking out local spots for dinner… we found one place to sit outside where they actually provided us with blankets for the cold night.

Torrey, Mary and Kiera in front of Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee

Hiking around Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe (thanks for taking the photo, Dicken)

The following day we rented a motorboat and went out onto Lake Tahoe. Mary and Timmy were brave enough to go wake boarding in the freezing water, but all the rest of us could do was jump in and get out as fast as possible.

 Lake Tahoe is actually one of the coldest waters we have ever swum in, and is likely around 50 degrees. It is the third deepest lake in North America at approximately 1600 feet deep and holds over 39 trillion gallons of water… enough to cover the state of California in 14 inches of water. It is also incredibly blue and clear, and in certain places objects can be seen clearly 67 feet below the surface.

The clear, blue waters of Lake Tahoe

Yeah Mar!

The following day Dicken, Bud, Timmy and Dan played golf on the stunning Old Greenwood course. Dicken and Timmy took on the “mature golfers.” It was very fun to play at 7,000 feet (Timmy was driving further than Bubba Watson), but it was unbelievably hard with very narrow fairways, 96 sand traps, and roughs that made the Old Course at St Andrews look easy. After losing countless balls and scoring far too high to note here, it was all square at the end of 18 holes. A chipping showdown on the range decided it and Dicken and Timmy demonstrated a fine display of poise under pressure to win.

On the 18th green

Sadly, after lunch we had to leave the fam, but luckily we still have two more states to go! On to Oregon…


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