The Place Where the Sky Meets the Lake

You can just make out the little sand ridges under the water from the waves at the lake the day before. 

You can just make out the little sand ridges under the water from the waves at the lake the day before. 

I spent the past week in Tahoe, where the unseasonably warm weather, dubbed "Juneuary" by the locals (an amalgamation of June + January) led us to do more exploring than we normally do in the middle of winter. Even with the warm weather in Tahoe, we still got in a fair bit of snowboarding at Northstar, which undoubtedly had the best snow of the season, and we we also hiked, drove around the lake and snapped some photos of the wintery scenery. 

Sugar Pine Point State Park

One afternoon we hiked around Sugar Pine Point State Park on the west shore, one of my favorite places to explore around Lake Tahoe. The park is home to a dense forest of pine, fir, aspen and juniper, lakefront beach and the Ehrman Mansion. It is also only state park in Tahoe that operates winter programs for visitors (there are over 12 miles of cross country trails within the grounds). Originally, Sugar Pine Point State Park was the summer home for generations of Washoe Indians who came to the shores of Lake Tahoe to hunt and fish. Some of the best views of the lake from the west shore are out around the tip of the park, looking across the lake toward Heavenly.

The many moods of Lake Tahoe 

The lake has so many different sides to it, one day it can be rough and choppy, the next perfectly calm and glassy. This particular afternoon it was like a sheet of ice, unmoving and completely clear, and coupled with the wintery weather it left me with a much different impression than the turquoise water and sandy beach vibes it gives off in the summer. The way the sky reflected perfectly on the surface of the water was so stunning, and at moments it looked as if the sky melted completely into the lake. I love the lighting at this time of day, it was just before 4:00, and it looked as if someone had warmed the ridge of all the mountains with the soft glow of a lantern. They really popped in the photos against the silvery lake. Right as we reached the tip of the lakeshore a small prop plane took off and flew directly past us across the lake. Here are a few photos from our afternoon at Sugar Pine Point.