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Saturday He-Man and I went hiking along the Tahoe Rim Trail. We heard the views were amazing, and I want to get back in shape and explore our new area. Since I feel out of shape and easily winded at this altitude still we opted for a 3 mile out hike and back.
We quickly discovered that Spring has sprung in the mountains at 7000 and 8000ft elevation. I was so excited!
Here are just a few of the flowers we saw.
Nuttall’s Larkspur with Bumble Bee. We took a side trip up the Vista Trail to the top of a ridge and found a view of Carson Valley and these wildflowers busy with Bumble Bees.
Mule’s Ear was blooming all over the place and it was perfect blooming time!
Coast Paint Brush? I’m not positive this is what it is, but it looks like it.
There were thousands of Butterflies along the trail. I thought at first they were Painted Lady’s which I had heard were migrating through and there were thousands being reported but looking at them and my images confirmed that’s not what they were. It’s new to me called a California Tortoiseshell ( Nymphalis Californica). There was also White cabbage and Sara Orange Tips I believe but, those little guys were already warmed up and flying all over the place rarely landing and when they did they alighted almost as soon as they touched down.
We had a glimpse of Lake Tahoe about 2 miles into the hike. It was a great place to catch my breath too.
I have more images of flowers I need to identify, and two birds too.
There is a gorgeous view we’re told 5 miles in, so we’re going to work up to that. The Tahoe Rim Trail is 165 miles long going around Lake Tahoe. I’m hoping to do bits and bobs of it here and there, but I don’t think I’ll ever do the whole thing.
Our stats for the hike were:
6.5 miles total distance, 1000 ft elevation gain, and 3H:56 minutes…due to me stopping to smell the roses, watch butterflies, gaze at the views, and stopping to catch my breath.
It was a great hike! I hope I can get back up there before the butterflies flee, and the Lupine is in bloom.
I hope you’re all having a great week, and good Wednesday!
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more to come…