Monday July 22
I was out near Lake Tahoe for last week for a family reunion, and to celebrate my reamining sister's birthday. While there, I managed a couple of hikes. This one was a short - about 2 or so miles - nature hike along Donner Lake.
You've heard of the Donner Party, yes? In 1846, they got lost while trying to make their way to the Promised Land of California. Exhausted, they waited for five days for humans and oxen to rest, and the delay proved fatal. A huge, early snowstorm moved in and trapped them in the Donner Pass area. About half of them died of starvation and exposure, and more would have died except for the fact that the survivors ate some of the dead. It must have been awful.
The area is anything but awful today, and easy to traverse. The Donners would be amazed to watch motorists zoom by going 70 mph a few miles away. It is quite a lovely area, and I will post a few photos of my hike, which was walked with my brothers, my sister-in-law, and one of my nieces. Later, I will post an account of a mystery guest, an animal that I have not seen before (although I once saw a close cousin, in Yellowstone National Park.)
The cobalt-blue waters of Donner Lake must have been of no comfort to the Donner Party, nearly 170 years ago.
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