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Our last stop before our destination in San Francisco was Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. After spending a little time at Yellowstone, I figured that Lake Tahoe would also be a bit rustic and out of the way. To my surprise, it was quite developed. Nevertheless, it was still quite beautiful.

We only had a couple of hours in Lake Tahoe, so based on my minimal research, we decided to do a short hike in Emerald Bay State Park.

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In Emerald Bay State Park, you can take a short and not too strenuous hike down to the lake. There is parking specifically designated for the hike, or you can park a little further away off of the road for free. Mr. Selfish and I snagged one of the few free parking spots left for the day.

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Emerald Bay contains Fannette Island, which is the only island in all of Lake Tahoe. We got some good shots of the island from up high and hiked down to the lake for some closer shots. Although you can kayak and boat to the island, you are not allowed to swim since the water is extremely cold and there are no lifeguards on duty.

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Mr. Selfish and I also saw Vikingsholm, which is a 38 room mansion across the water from Fannette Island. It is apparently one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the States. You can take a tour for about $10 per person but we didn’t have enough time to do so.

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Since we will be in California for a little while, Mr. Selfish and I plan on returning to Lake Tahoe and maybe doing some glamping (since I’m not the most outdoorsy of girls).

Tomorrow, Mr. Selfish will share his U.S. observations.