For our 10 year anniversary we took a few days for ourselves and went to South Lake Tahoe. I was longing for a rigorous hike (without kids), and Travis found a good one for us. Unfortunately, I injured my foot in a local race a few days before we left for Tahoe so I didn't think I would make it on a hike. But Travis knows how to push me on, so we tried a short hike we've done before to test my foot out. It hurt, but it was a good trial hike. Angora Lakes were as beautiful as always.
So the next day we went on the hike Travis had planned, with the option to turn around if I needed to stop. Thankfully I have incredible hiking shoes and a great hiking partner, so off we went. It was a six mile loop that would take us to two different lakes, Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes.
I thought the view was beautiful, so I took many, many photos. Little did I know that we were actually going to hike to top quarter of the mountain that I was looking at.
My foot was feeling okay, so we kept going... UP.
looking back at Winnemucca Lake
…and up. Then we came upon Round Top Lake
We saw a trail leading up the mountain to the peak and someone on the trail. Travis (who has no fear) was ready to head to the top. I was a bit leery, but I told travis I would go as far as I could.
Looking back down on Round Top Lake. You can see the dirt trail on the bottom right of the picture:
The top of the mountain.
Lake Tahoe in the far right of the picture:
I made it about 100 yards past this and then started to panic. It was the slippery shale that made feel like I would loose my footing at any moment and slide off the side of the mountain. Travis would have kept going if he had been on his own, and I told him I was fine waiting for him, but he decided to come back down with me because he didn't even have a hiking stick for stability (he has smartened up in his old age!)
The view was amazing.
Thank goodness for self-timer!
On our way back down, where I finally felt comfortable taking pictures again:
Back at the beginning of the hike. My foot made it, but it was throbbing at the end. Definitely worth it. The happy hour cocktails helped ease the pain, too ;P
That night was our actually anniversary night, and we were blessed to see this out our hotel window.
It's hard to believe that it has been 10 years, already. Feels like we got married just last year.