Monday, February 8, 2010

Take This Tune - Love of Place

This week's prompt at Take This Tune is for Love of Place or, as Fairweather put it, "Where is the place where your heart is rooted, no matter how far away you’ve roamed from there? Start writing." I had to think about this for all of about ten minutes before I decided that it wasn't that difficult of a decision which spot to pick, a decision which then led me to my photo archives and the following pictures.

Waterfall on Hwy 50

Sierra Nevadas

Ponderosa Pine

Peaks of the Sierras

South Fork of the Carson River

What can I say? My heart feels right at home in the Lake Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada mountains and it's a place that I can go back to over and over and over again and never tire of. These pictures were taken last May when my friend Cyndi and I went for "a little drive" to see if Carson Pass on Route 88 was open during my short trip to California.

Described as "one of the most visually dramatic of the trans-Sierra highways in California", the 58-mile drive along Route 88 starts in the Sacramento Valley in California and ends in the Carson Valley in Nevada. Along the way there are views of ragged volcanic skylines, cool green meadows, beautiful mountain lakes framed by timber-covered slopes, and distant mountain peaks.  Pretty much everything that anyone could ask for!

Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Trees

CA State Route 50 view to Lake Tahoe

The American RIver

American River

From Route 88 we drove to Lake Tahoe itself for a couple of pictures and then back out along California State Highway 50 and through Echo Summit - which at an elevation of 7,382 feet is the highest point on Route 50. Parts of Hightway 50 run parallel to the American River, as pictured above, and there are just way too many places along the way where one wants to stop and take pictures - or at least this one did!  Poor Cyndi was convinced I'd end up stopping every half-mile or so but I did my best to restrain myself! 

I've driven Highway 50 to and from Lake Tahoe more times than I can remember and it has always fascinated me - not just the beautiful scenery but also the history of the roadway as long ago it was used by many 49ers who came to California during the Gold Rush as well as by riders of the Pony Express. Who knows?  Maybe in another lifetime I was one of the pioneers who came across the Sierra Nevadas in a wagon train to make my home in California and that's why my heart will always have a love of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevadas no matter how long it may be between visits.

I really do love that place!


  1. these photos remind me of the old bonanza series!

    smiles, bee

  2. Tahoe is a remarkable place. If I do manage to make the drive back east this year, then it will be on Highway 50, but there will be some definite dawdling around the lake. Absolutely beautiful pictures. There is a definite calendar in there.

  3. Stunning scenery and you captured it beautifully, Duchess Linda. I would love to see that part of the country some day.
    I love the perspective in the fifth photo with the winding stream and the trees and mountains in the background.

    I can picture you in one of those covered wagons. Of course that would have been before you discovered you were royalty.

  4. Linda your photos are just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! It looks such a beautiful place, I hope I get to visit it some day. :)

  5. Oh my, it's no wonder that's your favourite place to be, it's simply stunning!! How could one ever tire of seeing such scenery. Now you know how I feel about Niagara Falls and it's why Steve & I keep returning there:-) It's not just the sights and scenes, we just feel so at home there!! You and I need to go on a trip, I would have no problems if you stopped every half mile to take pictures because it's what I would do as well!! hehe xoxo

  6. I too have traveled this route many times and it is indeed most beautiful. The most breath taking part for me is coming around the bend and seen Lake Tahoe. I never tire of that.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  7. That is an area that our whole family loves. I want to see it again. Thanks for the photo reminders.

    Big hugs, honey...

  8. Amazing photos. I've never been there in person so it's beautiful to see here. Thanks for sharing them with us via your blog.

  9. Never been there. Would love to see it some day. Still thoroughly enjoying your pictures. The next best thing to being there :)

  10. Gorgeous shots! The area looks a lot like Colorado. :)

  11. A spectacular set of pictures that really capture the scenery.

  12. Linda, your talent never ceases to amaze me! I ♥ the first shot of the water fall. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. :)

  13. Tahoe is one spectacular place indeed!

  14. Everyone that hasn't had the pleasure of seeing this first hand needs to put it on their bucket list.
    I've never understood why people would want to stay in the casinos on the border with all that gorgeousness right outside! My former husband used to love to play cards so I'd tool off in the car by meself. I'm much happier in the outdoors than in a casino...


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