I always forget how close we live to so many beautiful, natural things. We live a little over an hour from Lake Tahoe and two hours from the beach. In between all that are many more of California's wonderful places like lakes, waterfalls, streams, foothills, wetlands, mountains and forests. Many of the reasons I live in California is to be so close to all of these things. If you don't live here you probably don't realize how diverse our terrain is. I have encountered many people who think everyone in California lives next to the beach. I giggle every time someone tells me that. It's not just people from out of the country either, it's people from other parts of the states too.
Recently we took a trip to a place called Bassi Falls. I have heard about the falls from several people, but we just never took the time to go. I don't know why, since it's only about 45 minutes from us. It was a great hike for our family. It was about a mile in and it cascaded over giant granite boulders. It started out on a single track trail among towering pine trees.
Pictured is my mom or what my son calls her, Gigi.
Once the dirt trail ended we were on granite rock for the rest of the time. I love the rock! The granite has these tiny little sparkles underneath the sun and it reminds me of the sea shimmering. It also allows people to build cairns, which for some reason I am drawn to photographing. The cairns are meant to mark trails, but many people now just build them as art or to mark their presence. Many park rangers end up knocking them over as they can be misleading for other hikers. So I never trust them to lead the way anymore. I do however like to take pictures of them and have many photographs of cairns in my collection.
Pictured is my husband and son.
As you can see in the next picture is a lot of granite rock. Many of California's trails near Tahoe and in El Dorado National Forest are made of granite. A popular jeeping trail called the Rubicon Trail, which was a Native American foot path at one point, runs through this area. It's about 22 miles long and brutal. I remember going on it with a childhood friend and her dad and the jeep broke down. We had to camp on the granite rocks for a couple of days until someone came to our rescue.
Even though the waterfall wasn't flowing a lot, since it's later in the summer, there were still many pools to swim in. Had I known, I would have worn the right clothes. However, there were many shallow pools that my son, husband and I could splash in. My parent's dog even got in on the action!
Such a beautiful place, so close to home. You'll just never know what you'll find when you explore! I'll leave you with a couple more shots of the pools and scenery. Until the next adventure!