Pictures from days 3 and 4 were again, taken with a disposable waterproof camera. Thanks for your patience while I get those developed and posted on the site!
Monday we went white water rafting out in Auburn, CA. We had to leave the inn at 5:30am to drive 2 hours to get there and meet the van by 8. We rafted with a company called W.E.T. River Trips. We met up with our group behind a nearby grocery store, and then all piled into the W.E.T. River Trips van with our guide and rafts to drive 40 minutes down to the river.
We rafted down the Middle Fork of the American River, with class 3 and 4 rapids. The ride was phenomenal, the rapids were totally crazy at times! However there was also a fair amount of time we spent calmly floating down the river and paddling. Our group stopped for lunch along the way and then continued on the trip. This was an all day trip and by the time we finally made it back to our inn in South Lake Tahoe at 6:00pm, we were completely wiped. Nothing else was planned for the night but some good old Chinese take-out and sleep!
Tuesday we rode bikes down to the shops and restaurants in the ski village. We spent the day walking around, shopping, and eating lunch at Stateline Brewery & Restaurant at a table outside.
We started with some incredible spinach artichoke dipÔÇª
Then split a Caesar salad with chickenÔÇª
And finally shared Mahi Mahi fish tacos. It was a ton of food, but extremely delicious!
After lunch we biked back to the inn to plan the next half of our day. We decided to drive to another hiking trailhead, this one much shorter and easier than Horsetail Falls! We went on about a 1 mile hike near Emerald Bay to Eagle Lake where there were tons of people swimming and enjoying the warm weather. We took a long swim and then hiked home (again, pictures pending).
Late night plans included a quick dinner at Goodfellas pizza and dessert at Coldstone creamery (where I had coffee ice cream with Heath Bar mixed in – by far the best combination in my mind!)
We went to a late showing of Dinner for Schmucks at a nearby theater as well. I’m usually against seeing movies on vacation, but after all of our outdoor activities during the past few days, it seemed well deserved. The movie was of course hilarious and a great way to end the trip!