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My New Year’s promise – rediscover Tahoe

-by Caryn Tijsseling

I have been very fortunate in my life to live in some of the most beautiful places in the entire world, including South Lake Tahoe.  I have spent a lot of time in South Lake, and it holds a special place in my heart.  I took my first yoga class at the junior college there.  I rode my bike to Baldwin Beach every morning.   I spent almost two years working at Beach Street (home of 1,000 bikinis) selling bikinis to tourists.  I loved living there.

In recent years my parents have downsized and opted for RVs instead of keeping a house in Tahoe.  No judgment, but I haven’t been able to visit much.

I’ve decided that this year, that is going to change.  I plan to hook up the RV to my jeep and head for Tahoe.

Here are the top four things I plan to do in South Lake Tahoe in 2012!

Standup Paddleboard Yoga Lake Tahoe

  1. I plan to head out to my favorite beach in the world, Baldwin Beach, and learn to standup paddleboard (SUP).  Once I get the hang of it, I’m planning to try yoga on a board.  I guarantee you there are about five yoga instructors laughing hysterically right now because my balance and technique on the yoga mat sometimes leaves something to be desired, but I will do it.
  2. I plan to head to Angora Lake.   It is the most adorable place in the world.  After a short hike you arrive at the cutest lake with the best lemonade ever.  There are cliffs to jump off and lovely rocks to sunbathe on.
  3. I want to hike up Mt. Tallac.  I think Mt. Tallac is gorgeous and have always wanted to hike up there - I just never have!  This year I will, and I can’t wait for the awe-inspiring and life changing views.
  4. Finally, I plan to culminate my return-to-Tahoe year with the Lake Tahoe Marathon, or more likely half marathon.  I have run all over the country and can honestly say that the run on Emerald Bay Road is the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced as a runner.

So, that’s my plan.  It fits nicely with a number of my New Year’s resolutions.  I may even buy myself a new bikini at Beach Street and head to Zephyr Cove.

In 2012 I’m heading back to my roots- back to South Lake!

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.


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