After our five hour dinner at the Ritz Carlton and a good nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore Lake Tahoe. I wanted to make the 72 mile drive around the lake, or rather, I wanted Peter to chauffeur me as I snugly sat in the passenger seat. A prime viewing location. I had heard it would take three hours to make the trek, depending on how much time you spent at each stop.

Judging from the below 40 degree weather, most of this trips sightseeing would be done from the car window.

Our cabin was a short walk to Kings Beach and this was the perfect place to start our tour. The calm waters begged for some rock skipping, but my fingers were frozen and my stone throwing skills were rusty.

Next was Sand Harbor, which is one of the most popular beaches in Tahoe, but not today. The white sand was free of bikini-clad bodies or musicians playing on the concert stage. I could imagine how lively it must be in the summertime and took note to return here when the temperature climbs another forty degrees.

I couldn't resist getting out of the car at Camp Richardson for some pine cone hunting. And was rewarded handsomely.

These beautiful Aspen Trees lined the South Shore, marking our halfway point.

I risked hypothermia in my fingers to see the salmon run at Taylor Creek. And though all of my ten digits survived, it would have been worth losing one or two.

At an elevation of 9,735 feet, Mt. Tallac had glimpses of snow on its peaks. Because I was sans mittens or any proper cold-weather gear, I was happy to be viewing the snow from a distance.

The view from Inspiration Point made me want to park the car and have a minor make-out session in the back seat. That would have warmed me right up.

Our last stop was a stunner, Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. Fannette is the only island found in Lake Tahoe.

I stood, outside of the car, trying to capture all of its beauty, for a moment forgetting the chill in the wind, my chapped lips or numb ears.

After a three and a half hour excursion around the lake, we got back in the car, turned the heat on full blast and headed North for dinner.

Note to self: Next time bring mittens, earmuffs and a scarf to Lake Tahoe.

Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe?

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