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July 5, 2005

4th of July at Lake Tahoe

This year for the 4th of July we did something different. Usually we’ll go to Carson City, to Mills Park to see the fireworks. Or if we’re feeling adventurous we’ll head up to Virginia City and watch the fire department race back and forth across town putting out all the brush fires that the pyrotechnics cause. But this year we went up to Lake Tahoe, got a spot on the beach nice and early, and spent the whole day there sitting on blankets and swimming in the icy alpine waters. Then, after dark, we stayed around to watch the “Lights on the Lake” fireworks display, and it blows away anything that Carson City or VC can put on. So I think we’ve got a new tradition, even if it took us an hour to get out of the parking lot after it was all over.


Nevada Beach, on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, where we spent the day. Of course it’s a panorama. Click for a 366kb large version.


Sammy enjoyed playing in the sand.


There were plenty of cops on hand to enforce the “No Alcohol” rules.


The Nevada Beach campground, right next door. Also the home of the closest flush toilets to the beach.


The pounding surf of Lake Tahoe gets worse in the afternoon, with swells up to ten inches.


We even had a goose invasion around dinnertime.

And of course the whole day ended with fireworks.

The Lights on the Lake has been going on for over 20 years, with one show on the 4th of July, and another on Labor Day. Of course the show on the 4th is the big one every year.

Today the Nevada Appeal posted 30 seconds from the Carson City fireworks show on their website. And, well, I hate to say I’ve one-upped them, but I put a full 12 minutes of the Lake Tahoe show over on Ourmedia. Go there to watch it, or download it directly from this link (44 megabyte Windows Media). The only thing I’m upset about is that I missed the finale, because I ran out of tape in the camcorder. That’s what I get for not being a Boy Scout and not being prepared.