Lake Tahoe

Truckee

Tahoe’s autumn salmon run is coming to its inevitable, tragic conclusion. The thousands of Kokanee at Taylor Creek are turning gray and the air smells foul – yet it is still one of the most magical things in the world to see.

Genoa, Nevada: the state’s first settlement and its first bar. Here we are. Alli found some treasures: a vintage buck knife & art deco turquoise, oyster shell, silver ring.

Up here at Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe – can’t help but wonder how life would be different if John Muir was successful, one hundred years ago, in his attempts to make a Tahoe National Park – millions of acres – a sister to Yosemite. It kind of boggles the mind: at least we got the National Forest system out of it.

“Climb the mountains, and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while your cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” -John Muir.