Usually when prepping the RV for another adventure your mind starts preparing itself for the long drive your about to embark on... Is all of the plumbing and electric disconnected? Yes dear. Are the slides in? Yes dear. Levelers up? Yes dear. Is Otis (our Jeep) connected properly? He is... Are we there yet? YES! Luckily for us driving from Reno to Lake Tahoe was like a short drive to the grocery store, well a little over an hour to be exact. However, the short drive was nothing short of an amazing change in scenery. As much as we love the dry gambling desert town of Reno, Lake Tahoe and it’s jaw-dropping beauty was much more our speed. So beautiful in fact that we ended up staying four nights versus our originally intended two night stay.
Lisa (my Fiancé) and I didn’t do a ton of research before our trip, I looked up a couple of RV campgrounds, the location of the “Rubicon Trail” entrance, and the location of a couple of “waterfalls”. We decided to stay at “Meeks Bay Campground” a well maintained campground with sensational views right on the crystal blue Lake itself. Not to mention at a great price, $30/night with full hook-ups was a jaw-dropping price when considering its spectacular location. Wifi came at an additional price at $8/day which was only available inside their lodge however, we didn’t bother, after all we came to disconnect and enjoy the magic of our surroundings.
During our stay we enjoyed a couple of hikes, one “Cascade Falls Trail," an easy to moderate mile in mile out hike with stunning views from the top of Cascade Falls overlooking Cascade Lake. Our next hike we scratched the surface of the “Desolation Trail” and hiked up to the steep lookout overlooking the impressive view of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. Continuing our incredible experience, we decided it was time to test Otis’s ability on the infamous “Rubicon Trail.” However, we didn’t two miles in before we hit a deep patch of snow that our mud bogging tires just couldn’t compete with. It was extremely fun nonetheless, and Lisa got to get her first experience “driving” a 4x4 for what they were made for, she was so thrilled.
We ate at two different places during our stay, one “Dockside 700 Lakefront Grill” which had an amazing French Dip accompanied by well seasoned homemade chips (Mixed drinks were less than impressive). The other gem, “Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Brew Pub” was out of this world, with mouth watering margaritas, juicy wings, and meaty sandwiches this place was so good we came back twice.
In the end, Lake Tahoe felt like a place I never wanted to leave, it was a honey hole to say the least. It had everything in one small area, beaches, ski resorts, tropical like water, waterfalls, fascinating hikes, and a great small town with nice shops and delicious eats.
I hope you enjoyed our experience, if you have any question or comments please feel free to do so below and I would be happy to respond.