Lassen to Tahoe

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9.16.08 Lake Tahoe, CA


Lassen Volcanic National Park hikes were highlights with a half mile to learn about the volcanic rocks.  A three-mile hike to Bumpass Hell was rocky, hot, with 2 kids ignoring the request to bring water.   (Note new rule:  all hikes over ½ mile require everyone to carry water).  The steam pots were really incredible with loud roaring noises, rotten-egg smelling steam and bubbling mud.  The hiking views were really stunning from the mountaintop.


We race to Tahoe attempting to beat the sunset!  It is almost dark with just 2 miles to go to the Tahoe State Recreation Area (SRA) campground.  Then, Murphy strikes.  Forward progress is stopped by a flagman for road construction.  We’re finally let free!  It’s dark now.  We pick our way on the curvy rim road of Lake Tahoe to Tahoe SRA.  A sign in the driveway blocks our entrance.  “Closed for Winter” Blah!  Lia asks, “Is it winter?”  Regardless, the park closed yesterday for the season. 


We continue miles south to Sugar Pine State Park, where it takes 20 minutes and flashlights to locate a site, self-register, and back into the campsite in the dark.  Hindsight clearly recalls the numerous Federal campgrounds that lined the road into Lake Tahoe <sigh>  After $25 for dry camping, we head out in the morning.

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