The Lake of the Sky eBook

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hotel.  The repast was not peculiarly relishable; consequently, we had all the more opportunity to feed spiritually upon the masterpiece on the cliff,—­the rock-portrait of Avon’s, of England’s, of the World’s immortal bard.

As the steamer leaves Glenbrook one may gain clear and distinct views of the four prominent peaks of the Nevada side.  Above Lakeside, at the southeast end, is Monument Peak, then, about midway between Lakeside and Glenbrook is a sharp-pointed bare mass of rock known as Genoa Peak.  Immediately behind Glenbrook is Dubliss Mountain (8729 feet), so named after Duane Bliss, father and son, both of whom have done so much to make Tahoe known to the world.  Marlette Peak is to the northeast, 8864 feet, with Snow Valley Peak, 9214 feet, a little to the South.  These both overshadow Marlette Lake, a full description of which is given elsewhere.  All these peaks afford excellent views of Lake Tahoe on the one side and of the valleys and mountains of western Nevada on the other.

The steamer now continues along the Nevada shore, past the scars caused by the breaking of the Marlette Lake flume, by Crystal Bay and the site of the old town of Incline, around State Line Point to Brockway.

This resort has been long and favorably known for its famous hot mineral springs.  The hot water is piped to all rooms and private baths of the hotels and cottages, and is a great source of pleasure as well as health-giving comfort to the guests.

We are now on the home-stretch, and soon after leaving Brockway (1-1/2 miles away) and forty-five minutes (eight miles) from Tahoe Tavern, we reach Tahoe Vista.  Here one is afforded a perfect view of the Lake and its snowcapped ranges east and south.

Crossing Agate and Carnelian Bays the steamer’s last stop is at Carnelian Bay.  Here there is great building activity going on and many neat and commodious cottages and bungalows are being erected.

[Illustration:  Snowballing in June, July and August, near the Summit of “The Crags,” Deer Park Springs, Lake Tahoe]

[Illustration:  Fishing in Grass Lake, Near Glen Alpine Springs]

[Illustration:  Rubicon Point, Lake Tahoe]

[Illustration:  Brockway’s Hot Springs Hotel, Lake Tahoe]

Observatory Point is the last object passed before the Tavern is again reached.  This name was given because of the fact that it was once the chosen site, by James Lick, for the observatory he contemplated building.  This plan, however, was never carried out, as it was shown to the philanthropist that the cold weather of winter would work exceeding hardship upon the astronomers without any compensating advantages.  The result was the Observatory was finally established on Mt.  Hamilton, and it is now a part of the great California University system.

Thus the complete circuit of Lake Tahoe is made daily in summer by the steamer, and no matter how often the trip is taken it never palls upon the intelligent and careful observer.  New glories and wonders are constantly springing forth as pleasant surprises and one soon learns to realize that here Nature indeed has been most prodigal in her scenic gifts to mankind.

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