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Tahoe Trip Winter 2011

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Monday, January 17th
Drive home, stopping at some Sno-Parks

After checking out of the hotel, we headed back toward Hope Valley at the intersection of highways 88 and 89. I stopped at a pullout along Highway 88 here, thinking we might go sledding or snowshoeing. Unfortunately there were no sledding hills here. It's a pretty area, but we decided to try out the Sno-Park on Blue Lakes Road. We got back in the car and drove a bit further along Highway 88 to get there. There, too, we were disappointed. This Sno-Park seems to be a haven for snowmobilers. There are no good sledding hills here, either, and all the snowmobiles makes for a less satisfying snowshoeing or skiing experience.

So, on we went. I thought we'd stop at Meiss Meadow, but I completely missed the turnoff. Before I could blink, after I'd passed the Carson Pass Sno-Park, we passed the Meiss Meadow Sno-Park. I hadn't realized they were so close to each other. It took me serveral minutes of driving along Highway 88 before I could find a decent place to do a U-turn and go back. There are some potential sledding hills here, but they looked like they'd possibly send us crashing into the parking lot or onto the highway. We may come back here sometime for a snowshoe hike in the future, though.

As we continued west along Highway 88, we saw some people ice fishing in Caples Lake. Or at least that's what I assume they were doing -- they were just sitting in chairs on top of the frozen lake. Our final stop was the Iron Mountain Sno-Park, near Silver Lake. This also seems pretty popular with snowmobilers. There were some potential sledding hills, but they didn't look steep enough to provide much speed. We ate lunch here before deciding to just head home. By taking Highway 88 back instead of 50, I think we avoided a lot of the return traffic that tends to get stuck in Sacramento/Davis. We made good time back to the Bay Area, already thinking of our next snowshoeing trip.


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