After spending a wonderful 3 day weekend with Brett in wine country, reality set in as he flew home and I had to head up to Reno Tuesday for work! Up early and on the road by 7am....uuuuugh. I brought my camera with me though as I could tell there was some snow on the ground in the Northern Sierras and thought I might be able to snap a few photos on my way up and back. Sure enough, it was a gorgeous day, sun still shining, and I managed to get done relatively early so I could stop on the way back and take a few photos! I am very fortunate that Lake Tahoe is about 1 1/2 hours driving distance from my house and Reno is about 2 hours. There was little traffic on the way up through the pass which made it a very easy drive! What a contrast from last year though - yikes! If you read my separate blog on the Northern California Blizzard, those pics are taken in the same area as I just drove through and it was white out conditions last January.
What a contrast!
Most of these photos are from an area called Soda Springs and Emigrant Gap, near Donner Lake and Donner Summit. There are numerous camp grounds in the area, most of which are somewhat impossible to get to unless you have vehicles equipped for heavy snow driving as the roads are not maintained and the snow accumulation is pretty significant on the side of the roads. A couple of the roads I went venturing down pretty much ended due to snow and once I found myself backing up down the road since there was not enough room to make a turn! As I figured, my company car was not really solid on the ice and I went sliding around a few times which told me it was time to head back and get home so I could start working again! :D