Monday, April 16, 2012

Lake Tahoe Cruise - M.S. Dixie II


  Song From A Secret Garden

Rendition:  Calikokat



On our way to Lake Tahoe for a well deserved day trip.





Alex has been doing such a good job with his studies...
that we decided to go back to Lake Tahoe
to take a mini cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II...
on this...
his last day of spring break.


It is a 2.5 hour tour from the South East shore (Zepher Cove) to the Western shore 
of Emerald Bay... and back.

As Lake Tahoe is but an hour or so drive from home...
we may always enjoy it as a spur of the moment day trip.

The day was sunny and relatively warm (50's).

The M.S. Dixie II is a triple decker personnel ferry built after the Mississippi River Boats.

The whole upper deck is an observation deck with almost unrestricted views.

This is where we stayed for the whole of the westward journey, and part of the way back.


Alex on the Observation deck of the M.S. Dixie II en route to Emerald Bay.

Alex works so hard with his studies...
we are always looking for new places to take him.

He enjoys taking trips and seeing new sights.

As with all parents...
we enjoy, so much, giving our child, new and beautiful experiences.


The sky was blue and the water calm.

What a beautiful day it was.




After an hour of transit...
Emerald Bay inlet is just in view.


What a serene view we had beheld.

The air was crisp, and our mood was light.


The small island in Emerald Bay.


Lake Tahoe is at an elevation of some 6228 ft. above sea level.

The surrounding peaks of Emerald Bay reach some 3,000 ft. above that...
making for some majestic sights as we cruised inside.


We had slowed to a crawl near the Western shore and had circled around 
before heading back to Zepher Cove.



As we headed back...
the wind had picked up some...
and so...


we decided to go down to the 1st deck inside viewing area.


We disembarked at our starting point at Zepher Cove.

With beautiful sights...
beautiful weather...
and with nary a ripple on the water to disturb our journey...
the only thing that could have made our cruise more epic would have been
a 110 piece orchestra playing the whole way from the observation deck.

What a thoroughly pleasant trip this was.

This is another must experience when visiting Lake Tahoe.

At just $38.00 per adult and $15.00 per child...
it is simply not to be missed.



On our way back home...
there is this small country chocolate store alongside of the highway.

We stopped and picked up some very good chocolate, toffee, fudge and the like.








Alex doesn't often eat sweets...
and so, when he gets to...
it is a real treat for him.





We are actually relatively near the mythical Ponderosa Ranch
of Bonanza fame (there was actually a private mock up nearby...
however, most of the shooting was done at a ranch near Hollywood).


It was a 570 acre tourist mock up of famous scenes from the show...
including the town and ranch...
at Lake Tahoe.

Sadly, it closed in 2004.

I loved the show while growing up.
I would have loved to have seen it...
and to have shown Alex it.

There are, however, many preserved western towns nearby.

Virginia City...
which is nearby...
has some real history.

We shall have to make that another small day trip... one day soon.




2 comments:

  1. Lake Tahoe is so beautiful! Glad you all were able to enjoy such a lovely day on the lake.

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  2. My only regret is not having applied sunscreen. My whole face had gotten quite sunburned.

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