CK on the go: Destination Northern California

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Mom and I went on a vacation to Northern California this summer and saw some amazing sights. The first stop was Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America.

Mom and I went on a vacation to Northern California this summer and saw some amazing sights. The first stop was Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe is 12 miles across and 22 miles long, with 72 miles of shoreline. We drove around the lake, stopping at various sightseeing points. the view was beautiful; the water was blue, and clear, and the lake was just so vast. Sixty-three tributaries feed the lake with snowmelt from the mountains, but only one river, the Truckee River, leaves it. Lake Tahoe is a rare example of a terminal lake, meaning that, unlike most lakes, its waters don't feed the ocean.

 

The next day, we boarded the M. S. Dixie II for a cruise around the lake. During the cruise, one place we visited was Emerald Bay. A lengthy hike from the shore of Emerald Bay is Eagle Falls, which is actually two waterfalls, the top about 60 ft, and the lower about 90. Surrounding the lake are numerous hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, ski resorts, shopping, and various boating opportunities, including water skiing, parasailing, and cruises.

 

After Lake Tahoe, we headed to Lake Madrone to see family. Lake Madrone is a small lake, much smaller than Tahoe, in Butte County, California. Lake Madrone is a small town community. Some residents live in cabins full time, while others, drive up on the weekends to swim, kayak, waterski, barbecue, and more. The Lake Madrone community always hosts a large Fourth of July celebration, with a horseshoe pitching contest and a barbecue dinner.

 

Chico was our next stop. My mom had grown up here, so we visited some family, as well as tourist attractions like Bidwell Mansion and Sycamore pool (known to the locals as One Mile Swimming Hole, because it's one mile from Bidwell Mansion). The founder of Chico, John Bidwell, built Bidwell Mansion in 1868. Through the years, it became a dormitory for Chico State University students, and then it housed the Chico State Art and Home Economics department. Now it's a Historic State Park, which, unfortunately, may be closed because of budget cuts. Sycamore Pool, called One Mile Swimming Hole by locals, was constructed in 1920 in a part of the flowing Big Chico Creek. it's unique because there is a dam at one end, and it contains concrete walls and bottom.

 

This trip was really fun! We might go back to Chico next year.