May 1, 2002
So, for our return to Reno, we decided to drive around the west and north shores. Big mistake. We had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery because we were going so slow, when we were going at all. And gas stations are few and far between.
The view of Emerald Bay is marvelous although parking at the viewpoint is difficult. There were several other nice vistas along the way. Several quaint towns dot the highway (ha!) but the pace of the drive soured us on stopping and enjoying them. Fortunately we had packed our remaining food from the condo into our throwaway $2 styrofoam cooler and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the side of the road at a vista high above the north shore. The portable toilet sitting on top of a small flat-bed trailer was a nice touch. Fortunately the wheels were blocked or you might have a real interesting ride down the hill!
Our 11-year-old was a real trooper and never once uttered "Are we there yet?" But by the time we hit Donner pass he couldn't wait till we got to Reno for a swim in the pool at the hotel we were overnighting in before the plane ride home.
I'm sure at other times, this can be quite an enjoyable drive, and our unpreparedness for the traffic probably tainted our opinion.
You'd think after two weeks slogging through the slow traffic in South Lake Tahoe, we would've figured that the other parts of the lake would have similar problems.
From journal Summer at Lake Tahoe -- Embassy Vacation Resort