Monday, November 23, 2009

Snowy Reagan Beach Lake Tahoe

It's a bluebird day in Tahoe today. Here's a few pictures from South Lake Tahoe's Reagan Beach.

Mt Talac from Reagan Beach w/Boat House

Looking down Regan Beach

Looking out at Lake Tahoe from Reagan Beach

Friday, November 20, 2009

Snowing in Tahoe

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's snowing in Tahoe, AWESOME!!!

Jack in front of Scott and Steve's trailer in Stateline, NV

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Widespread Panic Fox Theater Oakland

We are down in Oakland, CA at the fabulous Fox Theater for 3 nights with Widespread Panic in Concert.
The Fox Theater Oakland, CA

Jack and Shay in Oakland

We had lunch at Thai Noodle in Berkley

The MetLife Blimp over Oakland

Widespread Panic tour bus in Oakland

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Lake Tahoe, California

We just got back in town after an awesome weekend at the Phish festival. Here's a nice photo of Lake Tahoe coming down from Spooner Pass on US 50 from Carson City, NV.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Welcome to California

The "Welcome to California" sign along US 395 south, entering from Nevada.
California's Topaz Lake greets Cali visitors.

Mono Basin Scenic Area

With a maximum depth of 159' Mono Lake isn't the deepest lake around, but did you know Mono Lake is one of the oldest lakes on the continent of North America? They say it's probably 3/4 of a million years old, and quite possibly as ancient as 1-3 million years old. Mono Lake is a salty lake too, in fact Mono Lake is almost three times as salty as the ocean and with a pH around 10.0, it is extremely alkaline. Mono Lake is home only to trillions of brine shrimp, alkali flies and algae. Surrounding Mono Lake however the volcanic Mono Basin is one of California's most diverse biological areas featuring hundreds of animals and thousands of plant species.

Mono Lake was nearly devastated by several water diversion projects which drastically cut down it's water supply causing the lakes water level to drop some 40 feet. Then in 1978 David Gaines formed a commitee to save Mono Lake and accomplished much in the effort to protect Mono Lake.

US 395 at Mono Lake

Mono Lake is located along scenic US 395 in CA.
Coordinates 38°00′59″N 119°00′33″W / 38.0165°N 119.0093°W

Crab Cooker Hot Spring, CA

On our way back up to Lake Tahoe from the Phish festival in Southern California we stopped for a relaxing soak in Crab Cooker Hot Spring in the Mammoth Lakes area. This is a very active geothermal area and there are lots of springs in the area.

Jack is enjoying the breathtaking view of the Sierra Mountains while relaxing in Crab Cooker hot springs. More of a hot tub Crab Cooker is fed by hot water piped in from the actual spring nearby.

You can literally park right next to the Hot Spring Tub!

The view from the springs, absolutely beautiful.

The PVC pipe that the steaming hot water comes out of has a valve to stop and start the water. The water is so hot that you just can't keep the spigot turned on or you'd boil. The trick is to keep it off unless needed to warm up the hot tub.

The source of the hot water was a spring not far away.

We parked right by the hot spring.

If you visit Crab Cooker do not bring glass. Glass and hot springs do not mix. Plus, the tub features several convenient can holders.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Moon Rise Mojave Desert

This evening we were driving US 395 in California out of San Bernadino when I captured a photo of the moon rising over the Mojave Desert at Sunset.

Phish Drummer Jon Fishman

Photo of Phish drummer Jon Fishman during the acoustic set at Phish 8 Festival.