The Trip We Almost Cancelled

My daily view

As promised, here is the post about our trip to Lake Tahoe. We almost cancelled this trip because I had just broken my ankle and both my husband and I were worried we’d just be wasting alot of money. Since I was in a cast, could not put any weight on my foot, and could get around only on crutches, the big long list of fun activities we could normally do  was severely limited. No ziplining, kayaking, paddleboarding and playing in the water for me.

I was most afraid of falling, because the fact is, if you break a bone, start healing, and fall and re-break it, the whole 6 weeks of healing starts all over again. And 6 weeks is way more than enough couch time for me, thank you very much. I had already fallen on my bad foot coming home one day and made the subsequent emergency run to the doctor’s for xrays to make sure I didn’t do any damage. Fortunately, even though my foot swelled a bit, I was fine. But better not to tempt fate any further.

Back to our trip, we decided to go anyway. My husband and the kids would do what they wanted to do, I would bring extra knitting and reading and watch from the shore, and we could still have a nice family vacation. I am so very happy we made that decision, as I wouldn’t have missed the scenery for anything. If you are ever stuck in a cast with nothing to do but sit, read and craft, Lake Tahoe provides the most beautiful scenery to enjoy while doing it. This turned out to be the best trip we could have taken because a visit to Lake Tahoe really should be about the scenery. It is a place where you should take the time to absorb your surroundings. I hope you enjoy this small selection of the photos I snapped.

An unfortunate reality in California. This photo was snapped in the car on the way. Forest fires happen so easily - it truly is important here to follow the rules about where you can have campfires.
An unfortunate reality in California. This photo was snapped in the car on the way. Forest fires happen so easily – it truly is important here to follow the rules about where you can have campfires.
The pier by our resort. Yes, I hobbled all that way out. Difficult, but worth it!
The pier by our resort. Yes, I hobbled all that way out. Difficult, but worth it!

We took a day to go to Sand Harbor. The drive from South Lake Tahoe to this beach was beautiful, as was the beach itself. There are rocks to climb around on (which of course, I did NOT do), and beautiful views of alpine forest. It was an exhausting day for me, but very rewarding and I’d recommend Sand Harbor to anyone visiting. A guy I met our first evening in Tahoe recommended it to me.

Beach photo of the beautiful Sand Harbor
Beach photo of the beautiful Sand Harbor
My daughter is ready for Sand Harbor beach.
My daughter is ready for Sand Harbor beach.
Sitting on Sand Harbor beach, I turned around and was met with beautiful views of alpine mountains.
Sitting on Sand Harbor beach, I turned around and was met with beautiful views of alpine mountains.
View of the pines and lake from the cafe in Sand Harbor
View of the pines and lake from the cafe in Sand Harbor.

We spent another day at Heavenly Village, which lies at the foot of Heavenly Mountain. In the winter, this is the place to go skiing. In the summer, you can still take the gondolas up the mountain to get views of the lake that you would never see otherwise. When you reach the top, if you’re not wearing a cast, you can do all kinds of fun stuff like ziplining and a rope jungle. For me, the panoramic views were more than worth hopping on and off the moving gondola.

View looking back of the gondolas
View looking back of the gondolas.
Yes, I had to take breaks, but hobbling all the way around the observation deck was worth it!
Yes, I had to take breaks, but hobbling all the way around the observation deck was worth it!
When you reach the observation deck: splendor at every turn.
When you reach the observation deck: splendor at every turn.
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