Quiet and solitude. Now only a trickle of activity when there was plenty weeks ago. Across the way, the quiet and solitude will become a fury of activity in a few weeks’ time. But for now, both sides on the lake equal.
There is certainly something to be said about the peace and quiet that descends upon a popular destination such as Lake Tahoe between the busy summer and winter seasons. One can see why the well-heeled from the San Francisco began building summer homes here over a 100 years ago. Amidst the daily hustle and bustle, Lake Tahoe was and is still an escape, you just need to look a little harder during the busy season.
For me, the opportunity to “work” a Park Champions volunteer day as a part of the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was my chance for a little escape in the middle of the week. Without really thinking about it, the day just happened to be the day after the US Presidential Elections. But being out here meant I could be out where the air is fresh and where the conversation was either about the gardening and landscape work we were assisting with or random tidbits of Lake Tahoe history someone remembered. By the end of the day, no one had an idea what candidate anyone voted for. What we did care about was that we helped get an area near this pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park one step closer to having a lush lawn for weddings next year.
I suppose we all need to recharge our mental batteries from time to time. How we do that differs and varies greatly from person to person. What is important is knowing the activities recharges you and taking the time to do it – whether it is meditation, exercise, travel, shoot photography, volunteer work, or spending time with your family – make time for it.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 31mm, f/13, 103 sec
Tahoma (CA), Pier, Freel Peak, Heavenly Ski Resort, Long Exposure. Pine Lodge (Erhman Mansion) Pier, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoma, CA. November 09, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.