We could almost sell backpacking as a luxury vacation with today’s hike.
Sean wakes up with us and ferries us to the trailhead. After Ann does a headstand on the picnic table of course.
A breakfast break at Round lake features acrobatic swallows for entertainment.
Cobblestone rock formations, wildflowers, and a giant mushroom keep us amused on the trail. Soon we’ve crossed the upper Truckee river, the headwaters of the big lake and lower Truckee.
At Showers lake we dally for some swimming and sunbathing.
We’ve now joined the Pacific Crest Trail, and we meet a few hikers who started at the Mexican border and now dream of food from Echo Chalet or a short hitchhike on highway 50 to South Tahoe. We’re not starving yet and enjoy dinner by a stream before a campsite presents itself.
Welcome to the Tahoe Rim Trail cabana.