Monday, September 6, 2010

Rejuvenating in Tahoe with my Family

Just spent a rejuvenating week up in Tahoe with my family and wanted to share some recommendations on activities that were fun to do with an 3 3/4 year old and an 8 month old.

Best all around is to head to Squaw Valley for the day. Take the cable car to High Camp at 8200 feet and spend the day swimming, ice skating, and just hanging out enjoying the view. Easy to spend a good 8 hours there. You can also enjoy the bottom of the mountain. The Village is beautiful to walk around and our 3 year old loved bungee jumping and might have enjoyed the 18 hole mini golf course laid out around the entire area if we had more time.  If you are a runner, the 7.3 mile run from Tahoe City to the base of Squaw is an awesome to do in the morning.  I alpha tested HealthRally on this run and achieved my goal of 1 hour and 7 minutes.  Lots of cool support from family and friends!

Kings Beach. Just on the California side of the Nevada border, this beach has wonderful sandbars reaching far into Lake Tahoe.  Ice cream across the street.  Bring some sort of shade shelter. Tons of fun stuff in Tahoe City. Load up at the library at the beginning of the trip. Commons beach and playground is fun and easy any day. They have a farmers market on Thursdays. Fishing at Donner Lake. You can do the public piers around the east side of the lake or go into the state park (also a fun place to explore for the day) and walk to the north side of the China Cove swimming area. Use yellow or rainbow powerbait. The UC Davis Research center is good for about an hour. Kids liked the talking fish video game. Try to get there on a day there's a docent to talk you through everything. Catch crawdads off any pier with bacon. Aim for the big rocks!  Have fun!

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