𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐥𝐚𝐤𝐞. A mystical lake so beautiful that Apollo sends his sun to shine upon it 280 days a year. The suns rays make the Crystal waters dance with most amazing shades of blue. So blue, that the sky looks down upon it in both reverence and envy. This magical lake sits high up in the mountains surrounded by ancient forest. Where the trees emit the most aromatic smell of pine one will ever have the pleasure to encounter. The air is so crisp and clean that it fills your entire body, like a warm hug from an old friend. Lake Tahoe, the lake that is so beautiful upon its creation Satan himself paused and took awe in what God had made.
Indeed 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞. Standing upon its shores for the first time can be emotional. One feels a soul connection to it. It’s as if your soul knows this place and you wonder how you had ever gone without it and know you never want to again. Then you feel it, you feel that magical moment. And it is in that moment you experience a calm. You don’t know how, or why, but you just know everything is going to be ok. 𝐀𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐤, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐤❗ That is the magic of Lake Tahoe.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐞.
In homage to this Great Lake here are some fantastic facts about Lake Tahoe.
𝐓𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬:
𝐀𝐠𝐞: 𝟐 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧-𝐢𝐬𝐡
⤀ Lake Tahoe is an ancient lake. How ancient? Very. In fact It’s the the 16th oldest lake in the world.
⤀ that’s right. Tahoe wasn’t always Tahoe. Lake Bonpland, Mountain Lake & Lake Bigler were its predecessors. In fact Lake Tahoe wasn’t the official name until 1945.
𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐞: height 275 feet
⤀ a tree named General Sherman has a girth of 83 feet (hold the that’s what she said comments) and a height
𝐍𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬: 1
⤀ Secret Cove is the only “official” nude beach.
𝐓𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞: Average sightings 6 p/yr
⤀ I’m comparison The LochNess Monster only receives 2.
𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐡: 3.33 billion
⤀ that makes Tahoe 39 trillion gallons
𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐡: 1645 ft.
⤀ tahoe ranks the 2nd deepest freshwater lake in the U.S. the deepest alpine lake and 8th deepest lake in the world.
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: 72 miles circumference
⤀ 116 km for all you britts
𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞: 284 days per year
⤀ that’s right. A staggering 75% of the year is all sun.
⤀ Tahoe is 1/3 in Nevada and 2/3 in California. You can straddle the state line at Frank Sinatra’s original CalNeva resort.
𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬: - 15 million
⤀ that’s a 340% increase of people flowing into Tahoe from the local population.
𝐒𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬: - 7052
⤀ That means on the Nevada side there are 111 slot machines per square mile.
𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐬: over 120
⤀ Including The Godfather 2 filmed In the beautiful Westshore.
⤀ 1960 Winter Olympics. The Squaw Olympics were the 1st games to be televised.
𝐒𝐧𝐨𝐰: 125 inches.
⤀ that’s over 10’ at lake level. You think that’s a lot it’s a staggering 600” on the ski slopes. That’s 50 ‘that’s a lot of snow
𝐒𝐤𝐢 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬: 8,800 acres
⤀Speaking if the slopes there are more ski lifts in the Tahoe Basin than in the entire state of Colorado.
Please be safe and pray for our firefighters who are working so hard to protect Tahoe.
Shown: rare 1941 travel map of Lake Tahoe. Mounted on a slatted wood frame.