I took a trip this weekend to Lake Tahoe to visit some close friends that I hadn’t seen for a long time. We stayed at a cabin near Tahoe City, a short walk from the deep blue water of the lake. On Saturday, we hiked from D.L. Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm on Emerald Bay, and stopped along the way to swim. The lake was very cold, and so clear I could see the bottom through about fifty feet of water. We got a bit lost while trying to reach Eagle Falls trailhead but eventually found our way. That night we played Crokinole, a game common on the Eastern seaboard. Today, we walked along the lake and discovered crawdads swimming in the shallows. It was a quiet, relaxing way to spend a few days.