Interview, then Tahoe!
Trip Start Mar 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
Emerald Bay Parking Lot
So once I finished up there, I came back out to find Wallie chewing through all the garbage he could find. Luckily it wasn't my pack or something important. And, yes, I found a nice spot in the shade to park so it wouldn't get too hot for him and I cracked the windows and left him some food and water.
Then a couple more quick stops at REI and Target for the last minute supplies, and we were on the road to South Lake Tahoe. Of course, following each of those stops, I came back to the car to find Wallie chewing on more and more things. He found the powdered eggs, some fettucini alfredo, my head lamp, the tortillas, some beef stroganoff, and my toothpaste. He knew he was in trouble before I even said anything because he didn't get all excited to see me like he usually does and he just kind of sat in the back for a while being really quiet. But i blame myself for leaving him in the car three different times for at least 30 minutes each time and not giving him any time to run around so I didn't get too mad at him.
Once we had everything we needed, we filled up on gas, and headed for Tahoe. What a beautiful drive! You can see the mountains off in the distance, and once you start getting closer, the road winds alongside a river, and there's a big waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls (I just saw a Bridal Veil Falls in Washington on the way up to Lake Serene. I thought it was a good name the first time, but now I realize how unimaginative the name really is.) The road just keeps winding upwards, with elevation markers at every 1000'. The last one I saw was 6000', and then we started coming back down. Soon after the descent began, the trees cleared and offered up a fantastic view out across the lake. It's amazing. Like a giant bowl of water, formed by mountains.
My plan was to go backpacking for the time I was in Tahoe, but I decided that, for the benefit of Wallie, I would start with a simple campground down near the lake. Plus it was getting dark fast as I got over the mountains. So I started calling ahead to see which sites allowed dogs. Unfortunately, only a few sites had phone numbers listed, and the ones that did, didn't answer. But not to worry, a quick Google search on my phone came up with two dog-friendly sites. I didn't much agree with the six foot leash rule and 10pm-6am car or kennel curfew, but whatever. At least he's allowed to be there.
On the ascent up the mountain, I was amazed at the amount of snow on the ground. I saw several small buildings that were completely buried. i started to worry a little about how much snow was going to be at the shore of the lake, but i also knew I would be dropping several thousand feet so it shouldn't be too bad. I was mostly right. We did drop in elevation quite a bit. And there is not that much snow on the ground, but apparently it's still too much to open the campgrounds. Every one of them is closed. At least from what I've seen so far. The sun was almost down by the time we got to our destination too so there wasn't much time to hike and find a decent spot to set up camp. So tonight, we're car camping. Quite literally. Screw gas mileage. I'll take 19.4 MPG if it means I can sleep comfortably in my car when I need to.
I just hope we don't get woken up in the mid off the night to a tap on the window from the Park Ranger's Maglite.
We're coming up on 1,000 miles, and we're finally in a place where we can hang out and relax for a few days. Wallie is going to be a very happy boy tomorrow.
From South Lake Tahoe,
Zach and Wallie