I am still on the mend from this not so fun illness. The mysterious polka dots still remains in smaller patches on my legs and arms but are fading daily. The only symptoms that persist besides the rash is fatigue and a few achy joints. I felt well enough this past weekend to escape to the Tahoe National Forest for a night of camping in “Lucy,” our vintage 1956 canned ham trailer.
We decided to check out Independence Lake, a pristine alpine lake that sits at around 7,200 feet in elevation. The lake and surrounding acreage was purchased several years ago by the Nature Conservancy and is cooperatively managed by a number of agencies with the goal of preserving the area and protecting one of the last populations of native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that live in the lake.
There is currently no camping adjacent to the lake so we chose the Little Lower Truckee River campground located off of Hwy 89 and within 10 miles of Independence Lake.
The five miles of road that lead to Independence is a rough and rocky ride that requires a high clearance vehicle. The surrounding scenery was absolutely stunning with thick forests of pine that would occasionally open up into wildflower spotted alpine meadows and groves of aspen.
Here’s a very condensed version of the trip up to the lake:
In order to protect the lake from invasive species, no outside boats are allowed. The Nature Conservancy provides the free use of a fleet of kayaks, fly fishing pontoons, and motor boats for anyone who would rather spend time out on the water than along the shore.
Following are a few of the photos I took while there. I am experimenting once again with a variety of apps so each one is a bit different in look and feel.
It was so nice to spend some time outside of the house and out in nature again. I look forward to our next trip to Independence Lake when I am feeling myself again and will definitely grab one of the kayaks and paddle around the lake and take a lot of photos!
**All photos shot and edited with an iPhone 5**