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El Dorado County

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  • Day22

    Day 21 - Lazy Sunday

    May 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Had a nice lie-in & we both went over to the shower block for a spacious shower. We don’t have a poop pipe here & I couldn’t face another disaster.

    As we had planned, we were going to relax & do nothing today, because it was such a pleasant spot in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley & Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    It is such a lovely place, however a 63 yr old woman was arrested yesterday in Placerville for torturing & sexually abusing her 4 adopted children.

    After breakfast we got on with some mundane chores. Jackie did more washing, but kept her top on this time! I washed the RV & squirted it with the water hose. One minor problem I didn’t notice was that the windows were open & I managed to wash the inside of the RV as well. Apparently it didn’t save Jackie a job.

    During the morning, there was a major exodus from campground, which was nice. I had a chat with one of our neighbors & he asked if I was German! Bloody cheek, I thought being mistaken for an Australian was bad enough. I made him feel as guilty as I could.

    The remainder of the morning was sunbathing & plotting our onward travels. After lunch, we played a round of mini golf (For the record, I won convincingly), then had a swim in the pool & sunbathed on proper sun beds.

    At 5.00pm we returned to our RV for a well earned beer (sticking to my just 6 a week of course!).

    After pasta & Netflix, it was an early night, having enjoyed a much needed day off.

    FITBIT = 6,476 steps / 3.01 miles

    Song of the Day - Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees.
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  • Day6

    Lake Tahoe - Bodensee von Kalifornien

    May 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Sonne, heute nach 2 Tagen Regen und Schnee kam wieder die Sonne raus. Ich bin sehr früh zum Lake Tahoe gestartet, damit ich noch dort Sonne erwische.
    Die Fahrt dorthin war auch schön. Zuerst waren die großen Weiden zu sehen, dann auf dem Pass (Highway 88) war man fast 2 Stunden durch puren Wald gefahren. Auf dem Pass (2600 m) lag dann auch noch viel Schnee auf den Bäumen. Grundsätzlich war die Umgebung sehr ähnlich zur Schweiz oder dem Schwarzwald, nur das die Bäume deutlich größer (höher und breiter) sind.
    Auch die Straßen sind deutlich breiter, es fahren auch LKWs über den Pass.

    Runter zum Lake Tahoe gab es noch einige schöne Vista Points.
    Am Lake Tahoe angekommen war dieser einfach nur beeindruckend. Der See war super blau und der Schnee auf den Bergen machte die Aussicht richtig schön.
    Ich war bei einem Wasserfall mit Blick auf dem See. Es war zwar nicht warm, dafür aber sonnig.

    Nachmittags gab es aber viel Wind und Wolken, weshalb ich schon früher zum Motel gefahren bin.

    Gefahrene Strecke: 178 Meilen (ca. 286 km)
    Gelaufene Strecke: 4 km
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  • Day31

    Goldener Tag

    March 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Sonntag verbrachten wir etwas ruhiger als den Tag zuvor. Am späten Vormittag gingen wir im „Awful Annie‘s“ frühstücken. Bis wir einen Sitzplatz und unser Essen hatten, dauerte es fast eine Stunde. Dafür war das Frühstück aber alles andere als schrecklich! Gestärkt fuhren wir dann zu unserem Tagesziel.

    Unsere gesamte Gegend heißt Placer County. Ein „placer“ ist ein loses Goldvorkommen in Flüssen oder Seen. Dann gibt es noch die „lode“, was eine Goldader in einem Gestein oder der Erde bezeichnet. Das lernten wir in der Gold Discovery Site in Coloma. In diesem Städtchen dreht sich alles um die Gold-Ära, die 1848 von James W. Marshall angestoßen wurde. Für 8 Dollar Parkgebühr standen uns ein mit Liebe gestaltetes Museum, ein sehr gepflegter Park und viele informative Sehenswürdigkeiten, betreut von motivierten Ehrenamtlern, zur Verfügung. Der Goldfund machte einige Menschen sehr reich, zerstörte aber mal wieder den Lebensraum von Ureinwohnern. Außerdem haben sie mit Quecksilber gearbeitet, um das Gold abzuscheiden. Spuren davon sind in den Gewässern noch nachzuweisen.

    In dem Park hat uns ein Mann noch etwas über alte Gebäude und Werkzeuge erzählt. Eine Zwei-Mann-Säge durften wir selbst ausprobieren und haben damit unter erheblicher Anstrengung ein Souvenir geschnitten 😊 Kein Wunder, dass damals auch wassergetriebene Sägewerke errichtet wurden!

    Auf dem Rückweg haben wir noch bei einem Weingut gehalten. Dort haben wir eine Weinprobe gemacht. Wir haben uns ein Glas geteilt, aber die ausschenkenden Damen meinten es sehr gut mit den Mengen. Nach den ersten 5 Sorten mussten wir sie etwas bremsen und haben dann weniger eingeschüttet bekommen. Zuerst gab es Schaumwein, dann weißen, anschließend viele verschiedene rote und zum Schluss einen süßen Portwein. Nur der Anfang und das Ende hat uns überzeugt, wahrscheinlich war es einfach zu warm für die schweren roten. Wir waren dankbar, dass wir genug Wasser dabei hatten und dort noch spazieren gehen konnten 😅 so ging ein schöner Tag glücklich vorbei.
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  • Day38

    Homeward bound - Lake Tahoe, NV

    November 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Although a large portion of the day was spent driving between gorgeous mountain regions (actually drove behind Yosemite) we were able to make a single stop. Lake Tahoe is shared between both California and Nevada. We first stopped at a local brewery on the Californian side for some brews. Then hopped over the state line to Nevada Beach. It was a huge beautiful beach, definitely a place to be in the summer.Read more

  • Day6

    Lake Tahoe

    September 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Theo woke up at 6:30am - I guess he wakes up with the sun. The morning was hectic, trying to figure out what hikes would be possible with Theo and generally what to do with our day. We got into our cars at around 10:30am, and Theo fell asleep within 15mins.

    We drove up towards Emerald Bay, and there we found a tiny creek where Theo could put his feet in. It made me so happy to see him enjoy himself. It was also very sunny there, so we were able to tan a little bit.

    Lisa and Judith then left us to go on a separate hike that would’ve been too difficult for Theo. Instead, Chris, Theo and i did another tiny walk down towards a viewing point for Emerald Bay and then went to have lunch. We ate Mexican food and it was reaaaally tasty. Theo like the burrito salad more than the tacos.

    After we had lunch, we went to a quiet beach called Pope Beach. It cost $10 entry fee, and we were only there for 1 hour, but I reaaaally wanted to go for a swim. The water was surprisingly much, much warmer than we had expected. It was cold, but still manageable. Theo really loved playing with the sand and water too, and it really filled my heart with joy to see him by the water. It was too cold for him though, and now we’re a bit worried that he might get sick. Somehow, we’ll manage.

    Before heading home, we all tried to go crawdad fishing (a type of local crayfish) but we’re very, ver unsuccessful. We were looking forward to having home cooked seafood, but instead we’re eating eggs with toast.. which is not so bad 🤷🏽‍♀️

    Chris and I get the feeling that Theo’s mood is affected a lot by the change in routine. He’s often having to sit in the car or wait inside a store and it seems that the lack of physical activity is really making him grumpy and impatient. We plan on trying to cater to his physical needs more so that he feels more normal again.

    Tomorrow we drive to Yosemite national park, and it’s a 5 hour drive. We likely won’t have any reception there, so I’ll update the blog once we’re in Santa Cruz.
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  • Day20

    Day 20 - A Celebration at Lake Tahoe

    May 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We got up at sensible hour (having survived the night!), showered, breakfasted etc then hit the road around 10.00am. We were on a mission to get a nice scenic spot for about midday to have a video WhatsApp with my parents & the rest of my family who were rudely celebrating my Mother’s 80th Birthday without us!

    Our planned scenic spot was Emerald Bay State Park on the west side of Lake Tahoe. We took I-80 westwards until we reached the California State Line & a California Border Protection Station. We were stopped & asked to produce what fruit & veg we had on board. Jackie went in to our kitchen area & returned with a handful of apples, oranges & assorted mixed salad. The guard was only interested in the oranges for inspection & gave them the all clear.

    I exchanged pleasantries with him, then accelerated away. Unfortunately I had forgotten that Jackie was returning the greens to the open fridge & she lurched forward banging her head on the sink (& possibly swallowing a bag of 3 oranges).

    After Truckee, we turned left towards Lake Tahoe on Route 89, a fantastically scenic drive following the Truckee River to Tahoe City & the shore of Lake Tahoe. Of note : we noticed that unlead fuel prices were now double what they were in St Louis.

    We travelled south down the western shore of Lake Tahoe admiring the grand houses on the lake shore. We stopped at a scenic spot for a selfie on the pebble beach. The water was crystal clear, sparkled silver & in the background mountains were snow capped. We could & should have stayed here all day.

    We arrived at Emerald Bay only to find the area had been infested with Japanese or Chinese tourists. Every available parking spot was taken up by them & there was no chance of us squeezing in our RV. So regrettably we continued southwards straining our necks to admire the views as best as we could as we drove along.

    Eventually we arrived in South Lake Tahoe still on the California side amongst its low-rise motels & followed the lake round, but stopped short of crossing back into Nevada. We were now conscious of the time & were looking for anywhere suitable to have our WhatsApp video call with a relatively scenic backdrop.

    We drove round & round & ended up parking in a Safeway supermarket. Evidently, Lake Tahoe doesn’t cater for RVers. We sneaked out of the ‘customer only’ car park & wandered along the southern end for a suitable broadcast stop. We found it, a rocky beach that was empty of other people, because it was quite an ordeal to get to.

    With a few minutes to spare we donned our happy birthday tiaras & practiced with our non-tooting tooters. I caught a Japanese tourist taking a photo of us dressed up in our party outfits. At 1.00pm, we received the video call & we burst into our rendition of Happy Birthday. For 10 minutes we had a long distance (exactly 5,218 mile) video call with my Mother & whole family who were tucking into the finest food at the Spread Eagle Hotel In Midhurst, whist Jackie & I made do with a cheese & bovril roll!!

    After what I think & hope was a successful video call, we put away our tiaras, & strolled along to El Dorado Beach or patch of sand. It was full of Hispanics having bbqs, so we didn’t stay long & decided to head out to our next campground.

    We picked up Highway 50 & almost immediately we were stopped again at a California Border Protection Station. I informed the guard that we had been stopped earlier & he was only interested in our oranges. The guard asked to see our oranges, but said he wanted to have a look in our fridge as well. This is where things went downhill!

    I turned to open up the side door & accidentally leant on the horn, making everyone including myself jump out of our skins. We let the guard into our RV & then went to retrieve the oranges for him. For the next 5 minutes plus, we hunted high & low looking for 3 oranges in a bag. It was embarrassing to say the least. I kept apologising to the guard & got more annoyed with Jackie for not remembering where she put them. In the end, the bored guard had had enough & said that he trusted us & sent us on our way. (At the time of writing, we still haven’t located the oranges 🍊 & I’m now wondering if I left the 1st guard still holding them when I sped off).

    Now not talking, we climbed up into the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. After the summit we had the most enjoyable drive down the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We descended some 4000 feet on a meandering road flanked by pine trees & a fast flowing river. We passed through the villages of Kyburz, Pollock Pines, Camino & the town of Placerville before arriving at our campground.

    What a lovely surprise the Placerville KOA turned out to be. A nice grassy campground out in the countryside & our allocated spot was secluded, sunny & overlooking fields & woods. We got our washing sorted, then spent the remainder of the afternoon sitting in our camp chairs sunbathing. We have made the decision to do nothing tomorrow, but sunbathe, as it promises to be a sweltering ☀️😎 27 degrees.

    FITBIT = 7,941 steps / 3.69 miles.

    Song of the Day - Celebrate by An Emotional Fish.

    Bonus Songs of the Day :-

    Lake Tahoe Eyes by little hurricane
    Happy Birthday by Altered Images
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  • Day4

    Leaving San Francisco

    September 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We left San Francisco by way of Point Reyes. The road was winding and I felt car sick, but the ocean view at the end was beautiful. Chris and I unfortunately did not get to see the highest point (Lisa and Judith did, however), because Theo didnt want to stay in the hiking backpack for too long.

    We left Point Reyes later than expected, so ended up having ‘In n Out’ burger for our late lunch/early dinner. Theo ate a whole mini cheeseburger on his own! He’s been eating quite a lot this trip and I have the feeling he’s grown a lot. Many service people we’ve met so far are so shocked at how tall he is for his age.

    We arrived in Sacramento at 8:30pm. We only stayed one night, but the Airbnb was really comfortable and clean and the hosts were very friendly :)

    We’ve now arrived at our cabin in South Lake Tahoe and the drive here was already so beautiful. At one stage we reached 7000ft above sea level. It’s quite cold here (18 degrees celsius), but we’re all really excited to go hiking and be in nature soon.
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  • Day20

    Eagle Lakes, Lake Tahoe

    August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Zaraz po przyjezdzie nad jezioro Tahoe musielismy zrealizowac chocby krotki treking. Udalo sie Eagle Lake z roznorodna trasa bedaca swietna rozgrzewka przed jutrzejszym wyzwaniem. Ladujemy akumulatory przed zwariowanym San Francisco.

  • Day21

    Echo Lake, Lake Tahoe

    August 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Jezioro Tahoe jest bardzo popularna miejscowka. Wiekszosc kwater ma o tej porze roku wywieszki "no vacancy", a parkingi w sztandarowych punktach turystycznych zapelniaja sie przed 10:00. Wystarczy jednak odjechac kilka mil od jeziora by cieszyc sie rownie pieknymi widokami i swoboda na szlaku. Wybralismy trase do gornego jeziora Echo. To chyba ulubiony szlak wlascicieli psiakow, bo prawie kazdy mijany turysta wedrowal z tu ze swoim czworonogiem. Wokol jeziora malowniczo polozone na skalistych brzegach jeziora domki, do ktorych zaopatrzenie dowozi sie lodzia.Read more

  • Day106

    Lake Tahoe

    June 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Drei Tage am Strand die Sonne genießen ☀️
    Wir haben uns einen Campground in South Lake Tahoe gesucht und sind von dort aus jeden Tag an einen anderen Strand gefahren.
    Pope Beach ist einer der populärsten Strände (laut Google), Meek Bay hatte kristallklares Wasser und Zephyr Cove wurde von feiernden Collegekids belagert.
    Uns wurde gesagt, dass es im letzten Winter ungewöhnlich viel Schnee gab und deshalb der Wasserstand höher als sonst und das Wasser wesentlich kälter ist. Unter "wesentlich kälter" ist zu verstehen, dass die Eisschollen gefühlt erst vor ein paar Tagen geschmolzen sind 😖
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You might also know this place by the following names:

El Dorado County, مقاطعة إل دورادو, Ел Дорадо, এল ডোরাডো কাউন্টি, Condado de El Dorado, El Dorado maakond, El Dorado konderria, شهرستان ال دورادو، کالیفرنیا, Comté d'El Dorado, El Dorado megye, Էլ Դորադո շրջան, Contea di El Dorado, エルドラド郡, El Dorado Comitatus, El Dorado, El Dorado Kūn, Comtat dEl Dorado, Hrabstwo El Dorado, ال ڈوراڈو کاؤنٹی, Comitatul El Dorado, Эль-Дорадо, Округ Ел Дорејдо, Ель-Дорадо, ایل دورادو کاؤنٹی، کیلیفورنیا, Quận El Dorado, Condado han El Dorado, 埃尔多拉多县

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