I have always wanted to cycle beside the shoreline at Lake Tahoe and take the bicycle trail along by the Truckee River. Last weekend we did both; what began as a leisurely bike ride by the lake to get a coffee became a 20 mile cycle from the West Shore to Squaw Valley! Once we’d started we couldn’t help but keep going, it was just so beautiful! The following day we rested our somewhat sore behinds and cruised the lake; two wonderful ways to enjoy this incredibly special place!

West Shore Lake Tahoe from the bicycle trail
West Shore, Lake Tahoe from the bicycle trail
The trail through the trees by the Truckee River from Tahoe City
The trail through the trees by the Truckee River
The Truckee River
The Truckee River, Lake Tahoe
Looking down the Truckee River towards Squaw Valley; this year sadly very parched!
The Truckee River, Lake Tahoe in the 2015 drought
Entrance to Squaw Valley
Entrance to Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California
The bicycle trail next to the river heading back towards Tahoe City.
By the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe
On Lake Tahoe
From a boat on Lake Tahoe
Sugar Pine Point, West Shore Lake Tahoe
Sugar Pine Point, Lake Tahoe
Moored on the lake!
Speed boats on Lake Tahoe
A Tahoe classic.
A woodie on Lake Tahoe
Lunch on the deck of the West Shore Cafe
Deck at the West Shore Cafe Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay, approaching Fannette Island, the only island on the lake
Fanette Island, Emerald Bay,Lake Tahoe
A tea house was built on Fannette Island as part of the Vikingsholm Estate, (the Norwegian style property on the shore of Emerald Bay), in 1928-1928. Mrs. Knight, who owned Vikingsholm, would occasionally take her guests by motor boat to serve tea by the small fireplace in her tea house on the island.

Making our way out of Emerald Bay.
Leaving Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe by boat
“I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords” Mark Twain

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