Update: School, Lake Tahoe

1 Just finished our first week of school. It was good.

2 California has more natural beauty in greater variety than any place else I’ve ever been. America is beautiful, yes, and every state I’ve ever been to (all but a handful) has places of great natural beauty. But no other state has as much variety: the Mendocino Coast, the redwood forests, the SoCal beaches, the high deserts, the low deserts, Yosemite, the Sierra foothills, Mt. Shasta, San Francisco Bay – all very beautiful, all very different.

Then there’s Lake Tahoe:

Sunset from the South Lake Tahoe harbor
Emerald Bay
Clouds over the Tahoe and the High Sierra

My pictures don’t do it justice, as from the ground or surface, one can only capture a very small part of the lake and landscape with any one picture. We spent a few days in Truckee, just east of Donner Summit of Donner party infamy, attending my wife’s family reunion. (She is oldest of 11, and so family reunions tend to run LARGE.) Several of her brothers kindly located and rented a couple cabins, so that everybody from Grandma down to my granddaughter – 4 generations! – could spend some time together. (The first such grand reunions happened 10 years ago, just a couple weeks after our eldest son’s death. This one was more fun.)

Driving from the Truckee at the north side of the lake to South Lake Tahoe, where the only real town on the lake is located, takes an hour – a beautiful hour, driving winding mountain roads through forests, with the lake popping in and out of view.

Tahoe is deceptively huge: 18 miles long, 12 miles wide may not sound that big, but it’s deep, with an average depth of 1,000 feet. People love to toss around Tahoe facts, like: there’s enough water in Tahoe to cover the entire state of California to a depth of 14″, and that the deepest parts of the lake, at over 1600 feet deep, are lower than the plains of Western Nevada just to the east.

So, if you get to visit Golden State, avoid the insanity of the cities and just see the natural wonders. For my top 3, I’d go Yosemite, Redwoods, Tahoe in order of preference, based on a combination of sheer beauty and you’re not going to see anything like it anywhere else. Then – the other stuff.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

10 thoughts on “Update: School, Lake Tahoe”

  1. I am happy to update I got a job as a Social Studies teacher at a Catholic school.

    I have always suspected that the renaming of the very clear History to the vague Social Studies was caused by the Dewey disciples, though I have no proof of this. Never fear; I teach them as History classes.

    1. I take shameless advantage of the term “Social Studies” to shove in culture, philosophy, mythology and religion– plus probably some things I’m leaving out, anything that makes us human– with the “dates” part of studying history.

      It’s super effective against the kind of somewhat pushy relative who doesn’t really approve of homeschooling but won’t just come out and SAY so, with specific objections. 😀

      1. A good idea. I bought a big copper statue of Saint Michael crushing the head of Satan I plan on introducing to the class as an excuse to start off each day with the Saint Michael prayer.

      2. Oooh, that could be a *wonderful* chance to go into how history is recorded– there’s some disagreement on how it was written, isn’t there?
        (The two versions I’m familiar with could be summarized as the poetic, and the best documented; neither invalid, but you need to have an idea how to tell them apart. Notably, a *lot* of the more…iffy… modern history stuff, is very poetic, but it’s not nice poetry.)

      3. I’ll have to look into it; that never even crossed my mind. Truthfully I only know a candy wrapper amount of the history of the Saint Michael prayer, but I might as well not waste a learning opportunity!

  2. I’m happy to read your teaching is going well.
    Regarding Tahoe – we literally just laid down a hefty deposit on a lakeside cabin for next July to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We have fond memories of the lake and surrounding breathtaking beauty.

  3. I suppose they mean that there’s enough water in Lake Tahoe to cover *a perfectly flat state of California’s area* to a depth of 14 inches. (Or, just possibly, that the water in Lake Tahoe could make enough ice to line California’s entire surface to that thickness, supposing California to be the kind of state that could be covered in ice for more than half a second.) Obviously there isn’t enough to cover the actual California, because that much water is in California now (in Lake Tahoe), and California is not, in fact, entirely covered in 14 inches of water.

    1. The people making this claim most likely did not think it through to that level of detail. 😉 I’m thinking an area the size of California is likely what they meant – just a math problem, divide a huge volume by a huge area.

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