The Beauty of Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places I've visited. Although I'm not a travel expert or an expert on Lake Tahoe, I have created this hub as both a description of my time spent there and an invitation for you to consider Tahoe as a future travel destination. I have also included sections on the history of Tahoe, the wildlife of Tahoe, my experience there and, of course, a plethora of photos taken by yours truly!
Brief History of Lake Tahoe
The history of Lake Tahoe can be traced back to 1844 when exploreres discovered the Washo Indians living there. The name "Tahoe" actually came from the name the Washo Indians gave it (Da-ow-a-ga), however, the lake wasn't officially called Lake Tahoe until 1945.
In the 1860s, silver was discovered in the mountains surrounding the lake. Because of this, there quickly was a large group of money-seekers gathering in the region. These miners came in such large crowds that they created their own trails in and out of the region. In the early 1920s and 1930s these trails were paved, bringing a large population spike to the region.
Today, Lake Tahoe has a number of tourist attractions- skiing, hiking and water activites top the list of things to do there. There are also a number of places to stay at there, including hotels (with casinos), lodges and log cabins.
For further information on the history of Lake Tahoe, check out the links below.
Location, Location, Location
Lake Tahoe is located on the western side of the United States. It actually borders both California and Nevada.
It is 22 miles long by 12 miles wide and consists of approximately 39 trillion gallons of water!
Other fun facts about Lake Tahoe:
- It is the highest lake of it's size in the United States
- The water never freezes because the water is always moving from the bottom to the surface
- The only outlet for the waters of Lake Tahoe is the Truckee River
- Recent movies filmed there include The Godfather and The Bodyguard
Wildlife of Lake Tahoe
The different types of wildlife residing at Lake Tahoe are vast and varied. According to Tahoe Integrated Information Management System, there are 217 bird, 59 mammal 8 reptile and 5 amphibian species that call Tahoe their home. Here's a short list of different wildlife you might find there:
- bald eagle
- spotted owl
- peregrine falcon
- black bear
- Sierra Nevada red fox
- mountain yellow-legged frog
- rainbow trout
- mule deer
- pileated woodpecker
- California wolverine
Wildlife I Found There
While vacationing in Tahoe, I came across some wildlife myself. Here are some photos of the different animals I came into contact with:
My Experience at Lake Tahoe
My family has vacationed at Lake Tahoe regularly for many years now. This past year, however, was my first time there as I had not been able to make it in past years. I had the pleasure of taking my wife who had also never been. We rented several cabins as a family and spent a week there. Apart from those times where siblings were quarreling, it was a time of relaxation and romance. In fact, due to "events" at Lake Tahoe, I "found the opportunity" to write the different baby journal hubs!
So, without further delay, allow me to share with you some pictures of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area that I took personally!