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Emerald Bay and boaters

Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe, waterfalls and the Vikingsholm Mansion mid-left all...

Lake Tahoe and surrounding snowy mountains

Dixie Queen paddleboat


Today was a lazy day, we slept late, ate breakfast and then went for a paddleboat ride on the Dixie Queen. We always like to take a boat cruise when we are near the water and we were certainly anxious to get out on the waters of Lake Tahoe. It was an absolutely perfect day for a boat ride.

We boarded the boat, ate a yummy lunch with a couple of beers, and then just enjoyed the view from the deck. The water is indescribable in color, the photos certainly do not do it justice. The boat traveled from the eastern Nevada side to the western Emerald Bay State Park and returned. It was about a two hour tour. Emerald Bay had a huge waterfall from the melting snow and a bay of boaters enjoying the scene. At the far end of the bay, the Vikingsholm Mansion sits in the shade of huge pines, it is a 38 room castle. It was built by a widow in the early 1900's and is said to be a perfect example of Scandinavian architecture, yet it was mostly built on-site with timber and stone from the Lake Tahoe area.

We debated driving more of the shoreline but the traffic was heavy with so many people enjoying the beautiful day that we decided to forego any more driving for the day. We are heading out in the morning for Grover Hot Springs State Park just south of here and don't expect to have cell service to do the blog. As a matter of fact, we may not have cell service while traveling down the east side of California until we get to Las Vegas. Gene won an IPOD at a local grocery store today so maybe his luck will hold if I can get him to invest a few dollars at Vegas. We're movin' on!



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