About 4 weeks ago my parents and I took a road trip from SD to Lake Tahoe for a paddle race that my dad, and Adam (one of my brother’s best friends since childhood), would be participating in.
We made a few pit stops along the way up, most specifically Mammoth! We stayed the night there in The Westin Monache Resort and it was really really nice. Westin’s never disappoint. Great gym and outdoor pool, plus it’s located just up the street from the main village.
We decided on dinner at Campo, within the village, and it was so tasty. Not a very large salad selection but they had gluten free pizza so that was exciting (my mom is allergic)! Their caprese salad was amazing.
The next morning before getting on the road and making our way into Tahoe, we went to the gym for a little, got brunch at Food Cache Cafe (their Avocado Bowl was SO yum), then made our way over to take the gondola up Mammoth Mountain. Weird seeing one of California’s most popular ski slopes without any snow on it. UNREAL views and so worth it despite not being able to breath after a few steps because altitude….
We finally arrived to Lake Tahoe where we stayed at this cute Airbnb cabin (with a jacuzzi !) with Adam and his fiance.
RACE DAY! My dad and Adam had to paddle from the south of the lake all the way to the north side. Took about 5 hours in total. My dad said it was the hardest race he’s ever had to paddle.
^Breakfast in the jacuzzi while the guys were out in the water. And dad explaining how he wanted to die the entire time hahaha
While the guys were mid-paddle, we started heading to the north of the lake but made a quick pit stop at Sand Harbor on the way up. If you ever come to Lake Tahoe, go here. The water was crystal clear and had the prettiest views of the lake! When I thought of Lake Tahoe before going on this trip, I never would have imagined these sort of island-like coves and hidden beaches scattered around everywhere. I want to go back during the summer months now!
After the race, we ate dinner on the beach (got swarmed by wasps which was a nice touch), then headed back to the cabin where we watched the sunset and all went to bed veerry early.
On our way back to SD, the boards on top of the truck were quivering from the crazy wind that was going on, so we had to pull over in the middle of nowhere because we thought they might fly off! Scary driving with those things.
I’m not exactly a lake person, but Tahoe was definitely something beautiful that I wouldn’t mind seeing again. Not to mention the drive up wasn’t bad at all from San Diego!