Tahoe’s Cascade Lake

Cascade Lake sits beside Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Trailheads leave from Emerald Bay and lead to Cascade Falls and three high country lakes, Snow Lake, Azure, and Kalmia.  Good fishing.  Trails are not well worn or marked and you can usually count on making camp by early afternoon. A topo is highly recommended even if you’ve been there before.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

After more snow melts and the streams and waterfalls subside, I will post more.  This is one of my favorite hikes around Tahoe but it’s just a little early.  We’re still skiing!

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Range of Light

PWhile either snowshoeing along the lake’s edge, skiing off the ridge tops, or hiking into the back country, I reflect upon the wisdom of those who walked these lands before us. Their love of nature and its wealth of resources has preserved an environment that is truly precious.

300px-Photograph_of_Washoe_Indians_making_Rabbit_skin_quilt_-_NARA_-_296117Native American tribes, the Martis, Washo, Shoshone, and Piute, have lived in the Sierras for 6,000 years. They honored the land and used only the resources they needed for survival, believing that earth and man was one.  To destroy the land would bring destruction to its people.  They lived in concert with the environment.

S0952-headerJohn Muir, one of my Scottish heroes, referred to the high sierra crest as “The Range of Light”. Like many of us, he was dazzled by the symphony of color and ever changing tones of the Sierras. The vistas contiually change, giving us moments of reflection on nature’s majesty and unspoiled beauty. Muir first visited Lake Tahoe in the Fall of 1873 stating Lake Tahoe was the “queen of lakes” and devoted his life to preserving the Sierras. He believed destruction of the environment would bring destruction to man’s very soul.

PLike Muir, I am continually amazed at the constant change of color and quiet peacefullness the land transfers. Like our Native Americans, I believe man and the land are connected, and feel fortunate Da-ow-a-ga is home. Rugged mountain peaks rise above mirrored lakes as spectacular granite sculptures, encompassing acres upon acres of wilderness. Let’s continue preserving this place we love so much!

Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves” (John Muir).

Da-ow-a-ga

PCommunity.  What does it mean to you?  A group of individuals inhabiting the same area with similar interests?  Or, is it more? This past weekend, Tahoe residents gathered to celebrate the life of two separate individuals.  They were both sons, husbands, brothers, grandchildren, co-workers, friends, and local Tahoe-Truckee residents.  Their paths never crossed during the course of their lives but many knew them both.  Our loss is heartfelt.

Lake Tahoe from eastcoast

Lake Tahoe from eastcoast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am grateful for this small mountain community. The jewel of the Sierra’s, Da-ow-a-ga (Tahoe), was considered by the native tribes to have healing powers.  Da-ow-a-ga was sacred and a “giver of life”.  Tahoe’s magic is not only found in the land but extends to the people who live here.

Community?  What does it mean to me?  Everything!  The true soul of the High Sierras is found in the people who love and support one another unconditionally.  Da-ow-a-ga gives life to it’s people by providing enchanting beauty, a stillness, resources, and an everlasting strength.  Its people are truly one with the land – magical.