The Lake of the Sky eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 436 pages of information about The Lake of the Sky.

The ride to these three peaks can easily be made in a day, and though they are all in reasonably close proximity, there are differences enough in their respective outlooks to make a visit to each of them enjoyable and profitable.  With a good saddle-horse from the Glenbrook stables, a guide, and a lunch tied to the saddle, one may start out confident that a most delightful scenic trip is before him.  The first hour’s riding is over the rocky and tree-clad slopes, far wilder and more rugged than one would imagine, rudely bordering the Lake southwards.  Then turning east, hills and vales, flowery meads and dainty native nurseries of pines, firs and hemlocks enchant the eye.  Reaching the summit of any one of the peaks, a wide expanse of Lake is offered, extending to the surrounding mountains north, south and west, but on Genoa Peak an additional charm is found in the close proximity of the Nevada Valley, and mountains to the eastward.  The contrast between the richly clad Sierras and the apparently unclothed, volcanic Nevada mountains is remarkable.



On making the circuit of the Lake the last stopping-place on the trip starting south, or the first when starting north and east, is Carnelian Bay.  This is a new settlement rapidly coming into prominence because of the number of cottages and bungalows erected by their owners on their own lots.  From early until late in the seasons of 1913 and 1914 the sounds of the saw and hammer were seldom still.  The result is the growth of quite a summer settlement.  Easy of access, either by train and steamer from Truckee, or by direct wagon or auto road via Truckee or the new boulevard from the south end of the Lake, Carnelian Bay attracts the real home-seeker.  It has been the first section to fully realize what John LeConte has so ably set forth in another chapter on Tahoe as a Summer Residence.  With the completion of the state highway around Lake Tahoe and the projected automobile route from Reno and Carson City, Carnelian Bay will be adjacent to the main arteries of travel.  The proposed link of the Lincoln Highway around the north shore of the Lake will put Carnelian Bay directly on the great international auto road.

The beauties of Lake Tahoe can hardly be magnified to the people of the West.  Those who have once viewed its wonders and its magnificence, who have for a season breathed its invigorating and stimulating atmosphere, who have caught the wily trout which abound in its waters, who have sailed, or rowed, or motor-boated over its indigo-blue surface, carry in memory pictures in comparison with which any word-picture would be inadequate and incomplete.

Hence the projectors of Carnelian Bay struck a popular note when, out of their 81-acre tract, they put on sale convenient-sized lots.  Of these 75 were purchased almost immediately, and by 1914 there were over 45 homes, large and small, already erected.  Every lot was sold to a purchaser who expressed his definite intention of speedily erecting a house, cottage or bungalow for his own use.  Hence the community is of a selected class into which one may come with confidence and assurance of congenial associations.

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