Yep, I know it is Tuesday and I'm just now getting around to blogging about our adventures last Saturday but hey, I'm on vacation!
Saturday we decided to do a little bit of sightseeing in the greater Tahoe region. We had an option of heading west toward the American River/Sutter Mill/Placerville area or heading southeast toward Alpine County and the silver mining town of Markleeville. The boys and I had already visted Sutter Mill on a previous trip so we decided to try something new and headed to Markleeville.
We had read that Markleeville was a "quaint" small town founded at the time the Comstock Silver Load was discovered. We were anticipating something along the lines of a litte town like Julian. Well, "little" was the operative word. We ended up feeling a bit like Winnie the Pooh when he visited Rabbit for a spot of honey.....
Rabbit: Would you like condensed milk or honey on your bread?
Pooh: Both! But never mind the bread, please. Just a small helping, if you please.
Rabbit: (giving Pooh a single drop of honey) Here you are (Pooh looks disappointed)
Rabbit: Is, uh, something wrong?
Pooh: Well, I did mean a little larger "small helping."
And with that introduction I present to you Markleeville in all its glory (don't blink-you might miss it!)
And.....that is about all there is to Markleeville. The boys had a great time teasing me about my ability to scope out the really "happening" places in the greater Tahoe area. Heck, who needs Reno when you can have Markleeville?!! Come to find out Alpine County is the least populated county in all of California boasting a whopping population of 1200 people. It is untamed, uncommercilized and uninhabited. (grin)
Mario decided to make friends with the locals:
And then we had lunch at Ali's Cafe. The pulled-pork sandwiches were delish. But, like the town, a bit on the small side.
I got some cute shots of Ryan because, unlike my boys, who have grown weary of my shutterbug ways, Ryan doesn't make goofy faces everytime I point the camera his way!
After lunch we headed over to the general store to get some snacks (I told you the sandwiches were small!). Then, we decided to take a 35 mile drive up Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass) to Lake Alpine. We shared the road with literally hundreds of bicyclists.
Lake Alpine is right off the highway. The boys loved it because we found a lake that didn't require any hiking!
We took Millie and Tramp with us on this trip. As we were walking along the lake Millie kept getting closer and closer to the water; it was just SO tempting. I told her no a couple of times. But then couldn't resist the pleading in her eyes. Go ahead Millie, you can go in...and away she went!
The wind blowing across the lake was COLD. The boys took shelter huddling together under a tree.
Once we got to the other side of the lake we were protected from the wind. We did a little exploring and played fetch with Millie. SHE was a happy dog!
Millie is a retriever water dog through and through
Tramp likes to "think" he is just like his mom...
.....until that is, his feet no longer touch bottom....
....then he turns tail and runs as fast as he can back to shore!
To recap: Millie, happy in the water, eagerly anticipating the next throw of the stick.....
Tramp, happy to be on dry ground!
After playing at the lake we headed back to the condo by way of the Carson Valley and the west shore of Tahoe.
Sunday is going to be a laid-back day around the condo-swimming, tennis, ping-pong and maybe a late after hike around Ophir Creek meadow. Until then...be well!