Lake Tahoe – 2010 Preview

How does an entomologist/wannabe botanist-ecologist-geologist-cyclist-nature photographer spend his time on a family vacation?

  • Thursday evening to Saturday late afternoon:
    – Drive from St. Louis to Lake Tahoe.  In between driving shifts:
    – Complete manuscript on Cylindera cursitans surveys
    – Complete manuscript on Dromochorus pruinina surveys.
    – Arrive late afternoon, quick 1-hr bike ride before dark.
  • Sunday:
    – Cross-country skiing with the family: Spooner Lake (~6 miles).
    – Sight-seeing: Sand Harbor Overlook on the east shore.
    – Hang out at the hot tub with the family and a glass of wine.
  • Monday:
    – Drive to Sacramento with the family.
    – Visit buprestid-colleagues Chuck Bellamy (CDFA) and Mark Volkovitsh (Russian Academy of Science).
    – Private lesson from Mark on how to dissect buprestid larvae for taxonomic description.
    – Dinner with my favorite brothers-in-law.
    – Drive back to Lake Tahoe.
  • Tuesday:
    – Snowshoe hike with the family: Emerald Bay to Eagle Lake and back (2 miles, 1,900′ of climbing).
    – Bike ride: South Lake Tahoe to Bliss State Park and back (33 miles, 1,100′ of climbing).
  • Wednesday:
    – Bike ride: all the way around Lake Tahoe (72 miles, 3,500′ of climbing).
    – Hang out at the hot tub with the family and a glass of wine.
  • Thursday:
    – Botanizing and hiking with daughter Madison at Mt. Rose (4 miles, 1,300′ feet of climbing).
    – Hang out at the hot tub with the family and a glass of wine.
  • Friday:
    – Alpine skiing with the family at Heavenly Ski Resort.
    – Join a 2-hour ski tour with US Forest Service rangers discussing natural and cultural history of Lake Tahoe.
    – Hang out at the hot tub with the family and a glass of wine.
  • Saturday morning to Sunday night:
    – Drive from Lake Tahoe back to St. Louis.  In between driving shifts:
    – Process/file photographs from trip (~250).
    – Complete reports for 2009 collecting permits.
    – Complete new applications for 2010 permits.
    – Begin manuscript on Cylindera celeripes conservation status.
  • Monday:
    – Return to work mentally refreshed!

I’ve already shared a bit of the trip with a view of Mt. Rose from 7,000′ and ensuing pismire quagmire.  Today I share some views of one of the most scenic of lakeside spots on the east shore – Sand Harbor Overlook.  I featured this spot in this post from last year’s trip due to its stunning beauty, and this year I was no less impressed.  I still had that same, annoying, afternoon sun to deal with (next year I’ve resolved to get here during the morning) but managed to get some passable photographs.  The one above is my favorite, and I hope you enjoy the following as well. (p.s. if someone knows how to fix a sun-blown sky in Photoshop Elements, please let me know).

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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17 Responses to Lake Tahoe – 2010 Preview

  1. MObugs41 says:

    Am I seeing a pattern? Hot tub, glass of wine? My kinda vacation, and with views like that it doesn’t get any better. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip, I hope to get to Lake Tahoe one day.

  2. TGIQ says:

    LOL, I saw the same pattern (a very good one, by the way). Sounds like a dream vacation. Such a gorgeous spot!

  3. Looks like a great place to visit, glad you had a refreshing break.

    Re: burnt out skies – the tool you are looking for is the gradient filter:
    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Create-a-digital-graduated-filter-effect-4868

  4. Alex/Watcher says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I’d comment more, but I’m headed out to the hot tub with a glass of wine!

  5. Beau says:

    Incredible pictures (and itinerary!). I love your “wannabe-list”… although I imagine it’s difficult to limit yourself at times🙂

  6. “Pismire quagmire” — You are having more fun with this word than a prepubsecent boy ever could!

    I have to say, you come by your hot tub and wine sessions more honestly, or is it earnestly?, than I do.

    • I still chuckle when I think of the many ways we collectively managed to use the word, but I think “pisemire quagmire” has to be my favorite!

      I also enjoy referring to myself as a “nonmire.”

      Those hot tub sessions were well-earned.

  7. jason says:

    Wow. Sounds like a fantastic time. And I started laughing with the repetitive nature of the hot tub and glass of wine. Still, what an obviously good way to wind down in the evening. The shots are gorgeous, by the way, and inviting and tantalizing all at once.

    Can’t wait for the rest of the adventure to unfold!

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