Rustic Cottages, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista, Placer County

Lots of outdoor water activities to do in Lake Tahoe, California, Nevada.
Paddle boarding dog on Lake Tahoe at Tahoe Vista, CA.

Get ready for summer everyone!  Number one destination for many people that I know in the summer is Lake Tahoe.  World wide Tahoe is known for it’s vast amount of snow, and snow sports, but summer is just as much fun as the winter on and around Lake Tahoe.  You can hike to the peaks of various mountains!  I myself have hiked Mt. Rose and many areas near Tahoe Donner.  There is river rafting and tubing on the Truckee river.  The Shakespeare Festival near the east shore on the Nevada side, at Sand Harbor is another great event.

 

 

 

 

Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, Rustic cottages, Placer county, beautiful lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe, Rustic Cottages.

My family has visited all sides of lake Tahoe!  We found Rustic Cottages because they had more than just a room for everyone.  We can have a cabin or two, and also rent the smaller cabins, so that each family within the family has their own cabin.  We all join in the breakfast cabin in the a.m and have our lunches and meals at the cabin that our family rented.  It’s a fabulous time, and we have our own little retreats also, while on a family vacation.

Rustic Cottages on Lake Tahoe, at Tahoe Vista, is a great place to escape, and enjoy the mountains of the Tahoe region, and Placer counties, and other counties.  Rustic Cottages, is in Tahoe Vista, on the California side.  It’s just a short ways from Incline Village, which is on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.

 

 

The cottages are cute, and self sufficient, and the cabins are great with hot tubs out side on the decks.  With each cabin or cottage rental, you get your own mug to take home too, which is a pretty neat souvenir.

http://www.rusticcottages.com

Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, Rustic cottages, Placer county, beautiful lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe, view of the lake from the beach.

 

 

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Beautiful lake Whiskeytown in northern CA.

Whiskeytown Lake from the South Side

Whiskeytown lake in northen CA, in Shast county west of Redding CA. The water is blue, green, clearn and gorgeous.
Whiskeytown lake is beautiful and wonderful to swim in.

 

Finally, I managed to get to the lake and swim. I have been to this same spot a couple of times, but not yet this year. It is located on the South side of the lake, after you drive over the dam. I love this spot, the water reminds me of the sea.

Whiskey town lake is wonderful because no matter the drought, it will always be full and ready for activities, camping, boating, kayaking, skiing, sailing, or whatever activity you would like.

Below is Lily, my Mom’s dog, she loved the water, but not necessarily to swim. She never went any deeper than her stomach. We were at the beach for two hours and she did not sit once.

 

Lily a white lab and shepard mix enjoying the refreshing waters of Whiskeytown lake.
Lily enjoying Whiskeytown lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

upclose shot of the beautiful Whiskeytown lake with the bluish green water and at the very top of the pic in the distance you can see the mountrain range leading to Trinity county.
Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.

 

These pictures were taken on the south east side of the lake, it has a white sand and more granite.  Other parts of the lake can have red sand for instance.

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Old Historic Tower House District, French Gulch, Shasta County

Historically, this was known as a stop over for people heading east and west via the old 299 route.  An old neighbor once told my dad, that hat he used to stop for a bed, meal and shower, all for only $3.00.  The man used to run sheep from Cottonwood to Hayfork back in the early 1900’s.  I imagine that back then  it took days to travel that distance with sheep and no automobiles.

Also this was land of the Wintu native Americans.  It is a beautiful little valley where two creeks converge.  There are open pastures, and mountains on all sides, and lots of trees.

view of highway 299

 

This is the view (the photo to the right) as you are standing in front of the house.  Beyond the fence is highway 299 and also a creek, there are two creeks which converge on this historic location.  That is part of the attraction of this little park.  It also has picnic tables, a walking bridge or two, and you can continue hiking back to the historic mining areas.  

Walking bridge.

 

This photograph is of the walking bridge.  The views are spectacular in all directions here.
As you cross the  creek and head back towards where the direction of the old mines are, you can see a barn and another house is to the left of it.

 

 
old rock oven and stove
This is a beautiful little valley with two creeks, and mountains protecting the sides.  It’s no wonder the native Americans lived here.

 

Information about the toll bridge.

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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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