Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lounge Chair Road Trip No 1: Highway 50 California

Good morning. Tina here. Up late today, slept in until 7:30 am, not very common for me, with three cuddly kitties all snuggled up beside me. Discovered it was raining lightly, let the dog out, back in, watched in surprise as muddy footprints formed across the kitchen floor. It is going to be one of those days... 

Reheated the coffee hubby made at 4:30 am, settled into the comfy chair in the living room, turned on Good Day Sacramento, and realized it was my day to do a blog post. Hmmm.

I have been wanting to go on a drive. Just a short sight-seeing road trip. I doubt if that will happen soon, hubby is getting an arthritic hip replaced next week, we will be at home for a while. So I think we will be going on some Lounge Chair Road Trips.  I am going to take a short one today and see how I like them.

We will be going up Highway 50, there are a lot of destinations along the way, between Placerville and Lake Tahoe. We can stop a while at a few, picnic, and walk around. Today I will check out a couple of possible spots.

Camp Sacramento. We have driven past the gate many times. It has always looked inviting, but not being from Sacramento, we have never been inside. It is snowy here today and the gate is padlocked. On with the snowshoes so we can walk in.

Not too inviting in the snow for camping, and I can't find the firepit, it is buried, but the views are amazing! We will have to come back in the summer for a swim. Plus, I hear the food is wonderful.

We dig our way out and decide to head to the other side of Highway 50 and check out Echo Lake, since we are so close.

A beautiful chalet with a steep roof and native rock walls, and more incredible views await us.

How about some fishing? Hubby has a little boat that he is yet to use, and a trolling motor. Maybe we could catch some rainbow trout? This may be an armchair trip but we still need to eat!

Back on our way, we slowly make our way up to Echo Summit. The drought is not over, but finally we have some snow.

The most wonderful part of a Highway 50 road trip, for me, is finally reaching Echo Summit, rounding the corner, and taking in the vista before us of Lake Tahoe, majestic in its own crater, owning the mountains.

I am kicking back, putting my feet up, and now that I have arrived (and finished the blog) contemplating a nap. Have a lazy day!

1 comment:

Heidi Ann said...

I enjoyed the trip - and like you, especially the view on that last stop!