We initially set out on the trail with our destination being Dardanelles Lake, but when we reached the trails fork, there was another group of hikers, and we got a bit lost in conversation. You see, my dog Penny, and their dog, were both German Shephard and Chow Chow mixes. They could have been sisters (maybe they were?), and they just had to have a picture of the two together. Ever try to get two dogs who've never met each other to stand close and hold still for a picture? Yeah...
After all that hoopla we went to head toward Dardanelles, but first asked the other group which way they recommended. They said they had been both ways (far more motivated than us, that would equal about 9 miles I think), but the direction we were about to head, through the meadows, had a lot of bugs. So we went the other way, which we thought, they made it sound like both paths ultimately had the same destination. They did not. The trail we took brought us to Scott's Lake.
So this is our Scott's Lake Hike:
It was the beginning of July in Tahoe, and there was still a number of snow patches along the trail, although we were perfectly content in our tanks and shorts. Penny did really well, a lot better than she does on walks. She actually kept a good steady pace and stayed on the trail. She was good when we passed other dogs too. She is not that good when we pass other dogs on neighborhood walks! This was her first hike, and we didn't have our new dog, Lycan, yet.
When we reached the lake we rested and let Penny off her leash. She splashed around in the water a bit and ran around smelling stuff. I thought I heard a waterfall, so we walked towards it and found it. It was a very pretty fall, cascading over rocks along the side of the mountain and down into Scott's Lake. We were able to walk up pretty far next to it, and even across it in some spots. This scared me half to death since I almost fell in the Mill Creek Falls in Montana a couple years ago.
But I didn't fall in, and we made it back safe and sound. It was approximately a 7 mile trip, round trip. That's about all I can handle so far. I am so tuckered out, I couldn't imagine hiking another 100 feet!
Happy Labor Day!