Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Truckee, California: Donner Lake
Sometimes, it's easy to stumble on a not-so-well-known scenic moment.
Such was the case here. We visited Donner Memorial State Park to learn about the Donner Party, and went down the road to look at the lake that was on a map. There Donner Lake appear. It resembled a mini-Lake Tahoe, with a deep blue color due to the snowmelt that feeds it.
The lake is located only a few miles from Donner Pass -- you can coast to Sacramento from there, we're told -- and has all sorts of beautiful houses on the shore and in the hills looking down upon it. We talked to a resident who retired there, and he couldn't be happier -- says he plows his driveway after the six snowstorms a year, and otherwise enjoys the view year-round.