Today's journey was a legendary kayak tr in size and ip from Baldwin Beach to Emerald Bay and back. The journey was about 7 miles and covered some of the most scenic area in Lkae Tahoe. We set forth from Baldwin Beach on a northerly course following the rocky shoreline. We passed by a few large estates and then fir covered hills leading to the pinnacle of rocks that protect Emerald Bay's entrance. Immediately we spotted a bald eagle in a shoreline snag(dead tree). As we rounded the crest into the Bay the spectacular green waters unfolded before us. The Bay is about 2 miles by a half mile in size. It contains Lake Tahoe's only island-Fannette Island. The island is but a few hundred feet in size and composed of giant rocks atop which Mrs. Lora J Knight built a rock teahouse in 1929. She also built the famed Vikingsholm-an andanavian arcimpressive estate at the heaad of Emerald Bay. She constructed the estate as a model of Scandanavian architecture she so adored on her trips to Norway. The estate was built in 1929 after a thorough study of Scandanavian architecture. Her inspiration was that Emerald Bay looked so similar to the Fjords of Norway. The house is a magnificent work of art in wood and stone. The beams are all hand hewn and carved to duplicate Scandanavian woodwork. Many of the house walls are constructed of granite mined from the mountainside in the back yard. The furnishings are antiques and replicas of Swedish furnishings. Interestingly Lora Knight originated from Galena Illinois and lived in Evanston and spent much time in Lake Geneva,WI. These are all very familiar places practically in my old hometown "backyard". It was a very fun day. We then hiked to nearby Eagle Falls before lunching on the beach in front of the estate. We then paddled back to Baldwin Beach. Lake Tahoe is 22 miles by 12 miles in size and is the second deepest lake in North America. It is 1645 feet deep and second only to Glacier Lake. The lake was formed over two million years ago by block faulting whereby massive land areas rise and drop because of faults in the eart's crust. The lake was then shaped by the ice age (20,000 yeaars ago) glaciers to its present form. The only outlet of water from the lake is the Truckee River.

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