Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Perfect Lake Tahoe Hike

After all the fun yesterday, we drove southward around Lake Tahoe towards Emerald Bay.
Little did I know what a pupalicious day I was headed for. Mom and Dad took me on a hike up to Eagle Lake - a tarn (glacial lake) surrounded by the Sierra's Tahoe peaks.
C'mon - hurry up - this is gonna be great!

Whatcha waiting for? Hurry - I can smell all kinds of fun up there!

I think we should go this way - I always follow my nose.

Dad and Mom said I was a great trailblazer.

Go carefully here folks - it's a bit rocky.

Dang! Almost got that wily lizard - they are fa-aaast.
Here we are at about the half-way point with Emerald Bay below us, surrounded by Lake Tahoe.

Could that possibly be a marmot? I think it is - ooooh - be right back.

As we come around a corner and hike over the last crest, Eagle Lake lays before us. Isn't it magnificent? Click to watch a short vid of my enthusiastic arrival here!


Okay Dad, whenever you're ready to throw that stick, I'll oblige.

Met a new pal - I think his name was Jack - I hope his peeps don't find this bloggie and see that I forgot his proper title - big oops. But... I had lots of fun swimming with him, trying to play keep-a-way with the stick.
After he left, I swam for hours in this cool, pretty lake, chasing a stick. Stick-chasing may be a first for me!

Here's another first - I don't ever recall swimming with my dad!

Check out the majesty of this place.
But all great things seem to come to an end, so I took up my place as trailblazer again.

Happy and a bit tired as I pose with Dad - what spectacular scenery.

Well, I got them up and down safely, so I celebrate this bridge crossing towards the jeep with paws on railing, so I can see the pretty waterfall below. Thanks for coming along on my journey with me to Eagle Lake. Mom promises that she'll catch up on bloggies this week. I know she's been wretchedly behind.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


The scenery was beaWOOtiful but woo were even MORE beaWOOOOOtiful!

I'm so jealous: NO LEASH!

Tank woo fur sharing your adventures!


Mango said...

Yeah, we are jealous of the no leash thing too. Momma is totally too paranoid to ever let us off leash. But we can enjoy wild adventures through our friends such as yourself.


The Army of Four said...

Woo, Sammie! The only thing more beautiful than the scenery is YOU in the scene! What a gorgeous place - and you look right at home there. Each photo of you is so great - and WOO, look at Eagle Lake! Just glorious!
Thanks for taking us with you on your cool adventure!

Reese =^..^= said...

Meowee, what a gorgeous place!

Sierra Rose said...

Oh! We have been waiting for this all day! Magnificient spot! Love the hike, cool water. Sammie, you are right at home in this beautiful place. Love the photo with dad in the water!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses!
Sierra Rose

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Sammie - I just loved your 2 posts about your hike! The pictures are so wonderful - your humans are great camera people! You look like you had LOADS of fun - diving, lizards, following trails, making new friends...whew! I loved all the collages. And I especially liked the photo of you giving your paw to your Mom...aww, so sweet! That street looked a bit like Europe! Really pretty town and such spectacular scenery!

Thanks for taking us along! My human says if they ever get the chance to travel across America, they will be sure to visit these places! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

The OP Pack said...

What a beautiful place and such fantastic photos. Thank you so much for sharing your trip.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Audrey the Photographer Dog said...

Wow, looks amazing! What an adventure! So beautiful!!!

Thor said...

What a wonderful trip you had! That place is fantastic! Gorgeous pictures! You look so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.


Amber and Nala said...

What a day!! Looks like it was SO much fun although I probably wouldn't have been keen on the swimming part. ;) But Mom says the water looks nice. Glad you had such an incredible day!



What a magical place. It looked serene and majestic until you heard all that human chatter in the background.. hee hee. And you got dad to swim. I so want to be there.

Life With Dogs said...

That is just stunning, all of it. And that picture of you standing on the rock stairway should be in a calendar. :)

Bruce said...

Beautiful Sammie! Sharon gets all teary eyed when looking at this view because she LOVES Tahoe & Mammoth Lakes! Glad you had such a great hike!
your pal,

Sara Alves said...

ohhh that place is so beautiful!!! it really looks magical!
what a great day!
thanks for sharing
licks pu

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello sammie its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a grate hike and a byootiful spot but oh wow!!! desolayshun wilderness?!?! that sownds verry skarry like mad maks mite be their or sumthing!!! ok bye

Nibbles Treats said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures! What a great day you had. We are very jealous of your adventure and wish we had been there with you.

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Dory and the Mama said...

Just Beautiful Sammie!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful walk with us!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh that is so beautiful.. Sure glad you got to finally experience how much fun a stick can be...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie


Oh Samantha we are soo proud of you and we would go hiking with you any day! You make me feel safe!

Your pictures are beautiful and I wish we could have been there with you.

Oh and we want to say tanks for casting your vote for us. TANKS!!!

Riley and Star.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Beautiful photo's Sammie, it looks a wonderful place to visit.

Have a great day.

Holly & Zac...XX

Anya said...

Sammy that was all beautiful
you had many fun .
Such a beautiful place to be
i wish I was there :))))
Kareltje =^.^=

Piappies World said...

Hi Sammie,

Thankies for sharing your great photos of Lake Tahoe. You are a great swimmer!

We really enjoyed looking at the photos and enjoying the great outdoors.

- Princess, Fudgie & the Piappies

Dog By Nature said...

Wow Sammie. that is an awesome hike! What a beautiful place and swimming too, what else could a pup ask for?!

M,S & Kona

Sally said...

Hi Samantha,
what a wonderful place and the pictures are sooo great.
Have a nice weekend.

NIce woooh

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

OMDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Sammie and mommy and dad!!!!!
What a great great great adventure in this wonderful place you had!!!!!!!
You're soooooooooooooo lucky!!!
We loved hiking with our humans to find such a beautiful places!!!!
wish were with you!!!!!
We're sooooo sad not live near!!!!
sure we could have had wonderful days all together!!!!
Mommy is very very excited to have the possibility to know you and your humans in october and we're soooooooooooo jealous of her and dad....
Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee...take care of them when we'll be with you!!!!!
We love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!!!
Tons of love and kisses!!!

Sam said...

What an adventure! I'm super jealous.

Budrow Wilson Spain said...

What a great trip! Thank you so much for showing me an area of Lake Tahoe that we are not familiar with.

BTW - we have a Jeep too! I LOVE our Jeep!!!!

Tracey and Huffle said...

What a stunning spot!

Huffle Mawson

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, if we didn't know better we would think your photos were photoshopped! Lake Tahoe is just GORGEOUS, Sammie!
What an adventure you're having!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Samantha,
What a majestic area. You are lucky to get to go there. Mom's family still has a cabin at North Beach just across the street from the lake. Mom and dad went there a lot when he was stationed at Alameda. Rusty and Penny got to drive out there with mom from VA for a 3 week vacation. Dad flew out to Reno and drove back with them cuz he couldn't get 3 whole weeks off work at once. Penny and Rusty went swimming in Lake Tahoe at North Beach and a lady police was gonna give mom a ticket for it but she didn't bother when she found out mom was visiting from VA and would probably be "nonresponsive" to the summons. Mom pleaded ignorance because when she was little dogs used to swim in the lake all the time. We have lots of picture and dad still has a 5 gallon bucket of ponderosa pine cones out in the garage. We are jealous of y'all.

Kasha said...

Are you kidding me!? What great parents to take you to such a fun place. Those pictures are gorgeous! I love Samantha swimming in the lake. So darling!
Kasha and Africa

The Thundering Herd said...

We give that hike 24 paws up. It was spectacular, and you know we love hikes.

caboval said...

HI guys! You seriously have some beautiful photos there!!! Its breathtaking!!!! Lots of Hugs Joey and Kealani

Sam said...

The photos are wonderful! It looks like you had a really great day!


Farley said...

Beauty beyond words! You are so lucky to take these great adventures with your humans!


I had to come back and see your trip to Lake Tahoe.. it still takes my breath away. Pawsome

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Our momma thinks that CA is one of the PURRtiest places on earth but we live in Michigan and that's that.

Domi, the therapy dog, has passed to the Bridge this weekend. Our blog contains her last letter to her friends. Please come to visit. It would mean so much to our momma and then go to Domi's blog to offer condolences. Momma is crying a lot today.

Brownie said...

Oooh! what great photos! You are a beauty, Samantha, i'm kinda jealous!

Chester said...

The scenery is beautiful Sammie but that 3rd pic of you at the railing beats out all the other pictures by a mile.
Isn't it fun swimmin' with a 2 legger even if they can only barely doggy paddle?
I don't even know why you came home. Probably took one heck of a nap, didn't ya?
Thanks for sharin' this awesome trip!
Chester ;0=)

Pee.Ess.-the bottle on the toilet seat was bowl cleaner. I just used a squirt or two and then used Mom's toothbrush to scrub all the ick away. heehee!

Gennasus said...

What gorgeous photos of a beautiful place. I'd love to go there one day. The lake looks so tempting!

SEDONA said...

Wow, Sammie, what a spectacular place you all got to enjoy! And swimming in that lake surrounded all that gorgeous landscape...you must've been one happy pup!
I saw over at Sierra's that you shared your Happy Hearts cookies with her...you are so sweet :-)
Your pal,

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Wow, what a breathtaking place! And you saw a lizard?

Sam & June

Martha Basset said...

Hi Sammie
That sure looked like our kind of adventure - well we would probably pass on the swimming!
It looked so beautiful - we especially liked the shot of you with your mom half way up with all that beautiful scenery behind you - pawesome!
Can you Dad swim and carry a stick at the same time? No we expect he is nowhere near as clever as you!
love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxxxxxxxx