The El Dorado National Forest/Carson Pass area is quickly becoming my most favorite place to hike in all of the Tahoe Basin. A few years ago we discovered Big Meadow and Lake Dardanelles; a hike we called, "The Best One Ever." Yesterday we may have found a hike to rival it. We started at Caples Lake; a man-made reservoir. The lake itself is not the most picturesque but the flower-filled trails that skirt the lake more than make up for the utilitarian nature of the lake. The first couple of miles of the hike traverse the lake.
Once past the lake you find yourself on Emigrant trail which runs along Emigrant creek and ends two miles later at the gloriously beautiful, pristine Emigrant Lake. The trail head starts out at 8400 ft. elevation and Emigrant Lake sits at an impressive 9000 ft. elevation. Of course the creek means mosquitoes so you want to be sure that you SLATHER yourself with bug repellent and the starting elevation proved to be a bit of a challenge for me. But it was a challenge that was overcome with persistence and a "I'm not gonna let the mountain get the best of me" attitude.
Uncle Mike took along his fishing pole and made quick work of catching a trout with his "magic" lure.
The trail meandered back and forth across Emigrant Creek.
I tried my hand at some abstract photography; these are pebbles in the flowing creek.
Our first views of Emigrant Lake. The air was crisp and clear and smelled of the snow that still slept on the glacier scree. It is impossible to explain the abundant, extravagant beauty of this lake. It gave me goose-bumps and brought tears to my eyes.
Anthony & Austin and our traditional "Lake Reward" photo.
My nephew Justin
Tramp and my sister's dobie Jethro; they have become great friends
Our crazy crew of cousins
As I look at these photos and remember the beauty of this place I think of the words of this devotional, "I am the Lord your God. I know no limitations. I know no lack. I need not reserve My stores, for I always have a fresh supply. You can by no means ever exhaust My infinite resources. Let your heart run wild. Let your imagination go vagabond. No extravagance of human thought can ever plumb the depths of My planning and provision for my children."
And His people sing with gladness for the goodness of their Lord.