Highway 395, Lake Tahoe and Markleeville

Now after some debate as to whether we would suffer less with no air conditioning if we returned to LA County via the coast or going inland, we decided to go down the 395. It’s been a while, and there’s a whole lot to see and do along the way (and we barely scratched the surface; you could take a couple weeks going the whole route from the Sierra Nevada mountains all the way down to the Mojave Desert.)

So after we left the cabin, we headed straight for Lake Tahoe, then dipped down to the Eastern Sierras, starting with Markleeville, which is a cute little town with a number of gold rush era buildings. Had lunch at the Alpine Hotel, which was apparently a hard-core biker hangout back in the day, but it’s pretty sedate now. Great chicken quesadilla, by the way.

 

 

 

 

 

More about Markleeville

 

The East side of California is just as varied and interesting as the West side. This is the route (approximately) taken by Raven Jake on his return to LA, with a few side trips thrown in. Blue spots were places we visited, yellow were ones we’d like to see next time. Most of this was reaadily accessible from Hwy 395, sometimes known as the Sierra Highway, and it has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world from the highest point in the continental US (Mt. Whitney) to the lowest (Death Valley) We only spent two days – a week or two would be much more appropriate.

 

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~ by ravenjake on August 23, 2010.

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