Whiskeytown Lake, Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.

Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in northern California, bright blue and green waters and blue skies with lots of pine trees and douglas fir trees.
Whiskeytown lake is usually always full in the summertime.
Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta county is a great getaway for the day for many Shasta county and Trinity county residents.  A great place to get out for hiking and getting outdoors.  We went for a hike last weekend out at Whiskeytown lake and it was quite warm.  The trail we chose was a beginning level trail, mostly shady and very pleasant overall.
Whiskeytown lake is full up to the shore with water, as well as other lakes in northern California.  Lot’s of rain and snow this year, and late in the season. This is going to be an excellent year to enjoy our rivers, creeks and lakes for sure.  
Beautful tree lined trail in Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Ditch Trail, northern California. Pictue is a trail lined with trees hanging over.
Beautiful trail at Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail was originally a  canal system that provided water to the mining operations in Clear creek.  The Water Ditch Trail, meanders, along the lake and also highway 299 west towards Clear creek.  The trail is well shaded, and right on the lake for the most part.  We did not hike the whole trail, it is 2.75 miles one way.
 
Beautiful day on Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.
Portion of the Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.
We found these quaint man made steps from stone and cement.
A dead tree in the sea green colored part of the lake.

 

Lots of wild flowers in the spring at Whiskeytown lake.

 

Here is a link to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website.  There you can view information about the different trails and more.
 

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, Incline Village, Nevada

Lake Tahoe at Incline Villages, Hyatt Resort and Spa, in California, Veroniqque.
Lake Tahoe, at Incline Village, Hyatt Resort.

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to visit in the summer, and the winter.  In the summer, there are so many activities to do on the lake.  You can do about any water sport there is including para sailing, and catamarans, boating, skiing, anything you can think of that is permitted.  There are so many resorts, and places to visit, and explore.  Also there is  hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, historical mansions to visit.   Not only that, there are  plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, fine dining, art, festivals, 4th of July celebrations and so much more.

Lake Tahoe is amazing!

Incline Village, located on the border of Nevada and California, but on the Nevada side, the north east shore of Lake Tahoe.   The Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino is a great place to stay.  Located right on the lake, the hotel offers all kinds of amenities, including a bar on their pier called Pier 111 Bar, you can find the link below.

If you never have visited Lake Tahoe, you really should try to, add that to your bucket list! 🙂  It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.  The lake is beautiful, and pristine, and one of the largest alpine lakes in North America.  It is also the second deepest, right after, Crater Lake in Oregon.  Which is another amazing lake, that you should visit! 🙂 It’s about 7-8 hours drive from Tahoe, depending on the route.

 

 

 

http://laketahoe.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel.html

http://laketahoe.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Pier111Bar.html

Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino, at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California.
Lake Tahoe, Hyatt Resort, Spa, and Casino.
Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino, at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California.
Lake Tahoe, Pier 111 Bar at Hyatt Regency Resort, Casino, and Spa
Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino, at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California.
Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino.
Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino, at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California.
Pier 111 Bar at the Hyatt Resort, Spa and Casino.

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Huge metal cooking pot looks rusted, and was part of the Olampoli estate.

Olampoli State Park, Highway 101, California

Pictured is a very old cement stairway to nothing, it's probably burned in the past.
Old stairway to a burned out building.

 

Olampoli State park is located right near the county lines of Sonoma county and Marin county.  This beautiful state park is just off the Highway 101 and isn’t far from San Francisco, or the nearby city of Santa Rosa, almost in the middle of these two cities.  Rolling hills and wine country could describe the area that surrounds Olampoli State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful state park is so easy to miss off of highway 101 north of San Francisco south of Petaluma, CA. Believe it or not the rock band Grateful Dead lived here in 1966 and Janis Joplin has been known to have stayed here.

The grounds are amazing with beautiful old trees, gardens, an old fountain, and many historical signs explaining the history of the site. There are wild turkeys on the grounds also. If you prefer to just take a hike up the mountain you can do that too. There is also a huge Try Pot, which I included a picture about the history of this pot.

“The name “Olompali” comes from the Coast Miwok language and likely means “Southern village” or “Southern people”.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22728


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture of the sign for Rustic Cottages in lake Tahoe, with lupin pink and purple flowers, that I took one early morning at the family reunion.

Rustic Cottages, Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, California

Picture of the sign for Rustic Cottages in lake Tahoe, with lupin pink and purple flowers, that I took one early morning at the family reunion.
Rustic Cottages on Lake Tahoe.

 

 

 

 

Once again we had a wonderful family reunion at the Rustic Cottage in Tahoe Vista!  We love the Tahoe area, and it’s hard to find a location that will accommodate all the families, but also give some families a little private retreat of their own.   A few families share on of the larger cabins and then anyone who wants their own small cottage can get their own.  Some of the cottages can fit a family of five!  And the larger cabins can fit multiple families.  Check out their website, and some of their accommodations!

http://www.rusticcottages.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Tahoe, sandy beach, and rocks with pier, children playing and catching crawdads in the huge rocks.
Beautiful Lake Tahoe, in Tahoe Vista, California

 

 

We always have a spectacular time!  Going to Lake Tahoe of course is one of our main activities!  Sometimes one of the cousins has a boat, and we have gone boating, but not this time.  The big activity this time was catching crawdads!  It wasn’t very hot earlier in the summer, so we didn’t do a lot of swimming.  The kids went up and down the shoreline looking for crawdads.  I remember doing this as a kid, and it was great fun!

 

 

 

Beautiful picture of lake Tahoe, taken as I waded in the water, and the sky is very blue with lots of various clouds cumulous and cirrus. The water is a blue green color and you can see the mountains of the south shore in the distance.
Tahoe Vista, on Lake Tahoe is in between Incline, near the state line, and Tahoe City, CA.

 

 

 

The Rustic Cottages has a main cabin which serves breakfast, eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage etc….  You can make your own waffles which the kids love!  I usually bring blackberries if they are in season, and we bring a big bowl to have a breakfast in the main cabin.  Almost always, other guests help themselves, thinking the Rustic Cottages has supplied the blackberries!  What is funny is other guests give us looks as if we are being rude for putting the blackberries on our table!  A few times, people have just helped themselves and then found out that they were not in fact for “everyone”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiufl close up of a fire red color flower, that has all green backdrop.
Beautiful red wild flowers that I am not sure of the name!

 

 

 

 

From the cabin at Rustic Cottages there is a trail which leads up into the mountain and you can go for a short hike.  We did this time and I found all kinds of beautiful flowers and scenery.  The meadow also has beautiful sunsets, and the lake has beautiful sunrises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant marshmallow s'more with graham crackers and chocolate sitting on a green and white checkered table cloth, the marshmallow has yet to be cooked.
We love to have s’mores for our cabin adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We always have some sort of barbeque and then s’mores of course!   This year we had s’mores in a cone, which those are spectacular!  Pictured is one smore with a gigantic marshmallow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful sunset in Lake Tahoe, pink clouds and blue sky with a dark shadow of a huge pine.
Of course, Lake Tahoe has wonderful sunsets to offer.

 

 

 

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