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June 30, 2011

Water water everywhere

Just back from our annual vacation and we enjoyed ourselves as much as always in our special mountain hide-away. It was a remarkable and unusual holiday this year as you can see in the above photo of my darling daughter Emma Rose sitting beside Gold Lake. Normally we swim in this lake but this season the lake is still full of ice and the surrounding mountains are snow-covered. Because of the heavy snowfall this winter and the late spring storms this area of the high Sierra where we vacation is only this past few weeks beginning to melt.

Here we are in the last week of June and the nearby lodge is still unaccessable and our favorite Alpine meadow where we love to walk is under several feet of snow. But it was magnificent with the rivers and creeks cascading with record levels of water and the many waterfalls were awe-inspiring. We were still able to do many of the hikes we enjoy and the meadows were resplendent with wildflowers and the mountain air was especially invigorating.

The area is known as Lakes Basin and is overlooked by the stunning Sierra Buttes. About 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe I highly recommend the area for those that enjoy the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Posted by acapnews at June 30, 2011 11:20 PM


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