Outside our window, a squirrel scurries over the golden brown pine needles covering the ground. What snow was blanketing the ground when we arrived has since melted and we’ve been anxiously checking the weather forecast every day hoping for a winter storm to hit. No such luck. But our house has wheels and we will find snow. It would have been a bummer to have booked an expensive stay in a hotel for a ski trip. Thank you RV!
While we haven’t had the snow we had hoped for, we have had beautiful weather with clear blue skies nearly every day. We’ve taken advantage of the mild temperatures by getting out for a little exploration.
We set up our base camp in South Lake Tahoe. As you may have guessed, South Lake Tahoe is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. It’s the largest town on the lake with plenty of things to do, from family activities like hiking and bowling to nightclubs and bars for the adults. We opted for the quieter family actives like hiking and visiting the nearby Emerald Bay State Park.
Emerald Bay State Park was established in 1953 to preserve Emerald Bay which is a National Natural Landmark. There is a beautiful vista point where you can look at the bay through telescopes.
Emerald Bay State Park is also home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion. Tours of the mansion had stopped for the season but the trails to Eagle Falls were open. It was a lovely hike with beautiful views.
North of Lake Tahoe lies the quaint historical town of Truckee. Truckee was named after a Paiute Indian chief who helped to guide hopeful settlers westward. The downtown in speckled with charming shops, historic buildings, and beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Truckee is most famous for the Donner Party tragedy.
Donner Memorial State Park, which is near Donner Lake and northwest of Lake Tahoe, is dedicated to the settlers and the Emigrant Museum is a great place to learn about the history and hardships settlers went through. It really makes you appreciate modern highways and RVs.
We may not have gotten the snow we had hoped for but that didn’t stop us from hitting the slopes. Heavenly Mountain Resort was only a 10-minute drive from our campground. Heavenly is one of the resorts included in our Epic Season Pass. If you have ever wanted to go on a ski vacation, check it out. It pays for itself in four days making an expensive sport significantly more affordable. Combine the season pass with an RV and you have a fantastic family vacation for a fraction of the price. That’s a great thing for us because Thing 1 and Thing 2 love to snowboard. During the week, they would finish school and then ask us to take them to the mountain.
One Saturday, Brent took them to Kirkwood (another resort included in our pass) to go snowboarding. I stayed home with Thing 3 and that afternoon I got a text from Brent saying he had lost the keys to the truck and a charter bus was giving them a free ride home. We spent the evening trying to figure out how we were going to get back to the mountain with our spare set of keys to get the truck. The closest car rental was closed until Monday and there wasn’t any public transportation running up to Kirkwood.
On Sunday morning we got a call from a fellow RVer, Ed, who owns Acker RV Rental. Brent had met him in the campground and he offered to take him back to Kirkwood to get the truck. This wasn’t the first time a fellow RVer has gone out of their way to help us. Seriously, RVers are some of the nicest people we have ever met!
Well, we are off and heading to Park City, Utah to hopefully chase down some snow and create some more winter memories!
Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe? What sort of great experiences have you had with fellow RVers? Any suggestions for when we go RVing in Park City?