Ingenuity is what happens when you combine kids, imagination and nature. In this computer driven world it is nice to take time out with the family and enjoy the simple things. This Thanksgiving I took time out from selling the amazing place I live - Lake Tahoe - to enjoy why I love living here, the outdoor adventures that can be found any time of the year. We gathered up a few friends and their families and hiked through the forest down to Secret Beach on the shores of Lake Tahoe. It is a pristine place with lots of boulders to climb, rocks to skip and beach to stroll.
It's a place that brings out the kid in all of us. Imagine taking a plank of driftwood, a rock, and a sandy beach what would you have? At Secret Beach you would have a seesaw the old fashioned kind, or perhaps a great plank for taking your family photo (that is if you have a friend with a camera). Fido is more than welcome - just remember to clean up behind both the dog and the kids. We brought a picnic; a football and a little bubbly to celebrate the unseasonably warm weather, and to give thanks that we get to live in this incredible place called Tahoe.
Want to try Secret Beach ... From Incline Village head out towards Spooner summit on Hwy 28. Go past Sand Harbor and past the Thunderbird Lodge about a mile. You will see a trailhead parking area on your right (it is closed with a gate for the season we parked along the road. Head down through the gate to your left if you are facing the water. You will see trail signs; we cut down at the second trail sign to the beach. The hike down should take about 20 minutes.