The blogger rests on a ledge above Cascade Lake. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Scott Waltman
Scott Waltman and I went as far as a high shelf below one of the peaks that overlooks Cascade Lake during our Lake Tahoe trip on Saturday.
Cascade Lake is less than a mile from Lake Tahoe. We had gone there for hiking, and we started on the Cascade Falls hike that Paul Mitchell recommended. The hike to the falls begins opposite Inspiration Point on State Highway 89. It was easy and gave us a great view of the lake. We also saw little arrangements of small rocks. Calling them collections placed by hikers would be boring. We agreed instead for the duration of the hike that they were offerings to the rock gods.
Unnatural rock arrangment near Cascade Falls. Saturday, June 18, 2011.Photo by Michael Thompson
I enjoyed the falls, but as we made our way around the falls, we noticed other hikers had found ways to go still higher, toward snow and better views.
A hiker runs the rest of the way across a fallen tree over a stream that leads to Cascade Falls while Scott Waltman waits to cross. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Michael Thompson
Their example led us over rocky trails and broad expanses of fissured rock. But it wasn’t long until we found snow mixed with specks that looked like soot. We made snowballs and made offerings to the snow gods.
Michael holds a lump of snow. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Scott Waltman
We continued up.
This is the view from several hundred feet above Cascade Falls. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Michael Thompson
Then we stopped, rested and picked up our packs to return. On the way down, we met four new Intel engineers in their early 20s who were on their way up to where we had been.
Recently hired Intel engineers pause to take photos on their way up the mountain. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Michael Thompson
Scott also found a large pine cone and made an offering to the pine cone gods. I think our obligations to the area’s minor deities are covered.
Scott holds a large pine cone. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Michael Thompson
Scott walks the trail back from Cascade Falls. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Photo by Michael Thompson
We hiked back to the car and drove into Tahoe City for lunch at Rosie’s Cafe. We ate, left and were back in Reno by 7 p.m.