Mountains, Mountains, Mountains

After months of anticipation, I finally got to test out the Touareg and the Airstream in the mountains. Admittedly, I still haven’t done the tallest peaks on my itinerary, but I got up over 7,500 feet with some serious ascents and descents.

My first mountain stop was in Park City, Utah. I actually had forgotten it was on my route, and had no plans to stay there until I rolled through on I-80. I pulled up Google Maps, picked the first campground on the list (Park City RV Resort), and ended up staying a couple of days. I toured Olympic Park, visited the trendy downtown, and even drove to some of the surrounding towns. Park City definitely made my Top 10 list!

After a quick stop at the Bonneville Salt Flats a few hours west of Salt Lake City, I drove across the high desert of northern Nevada. Man, there is just not much going on for miles and miles (well, other than the endless road construction). But, the final destination of Lake Tahoe made the boring drive completely worth it!

Seriously, how have I never been to Lake Tahoe? With majestic mountains, water as blue as an ocean and beaches with smooth white sand, it is paradise at 6,200 feet above sea level! I kayaked through the clear waters of Zephyr Cove and Emerald Bay, relaxed on the beach at D.L. Bliss State Park, and even got some work done at the Tiki bar just steps away from my 3-day home at Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground. During my stay, I met two other families with new Airstreams. Hope you guys stay in touch!

In addition to the usual photos, I broke out the video camera to show just a glimpse of the roads around Lake Tahoe. I slowly made it around the lake just fine, but some of the steep climbs and hairpin curves were intense. Of the nearly 10,000 miles so far, the last 50 were easily the hardest.

Video

Wind Farm in Utah
Wind Farm in Utah
Olympic Park in Park City, Utah
Olympic Park in Park City, Utah
View from Airstream front window in Park City
View from Airstream front window in Park City
Bonneville Salt Flats after recent rain
Bonneville Salt Flats after recent rain
Kayaking in Zephyr Cove
Kayaking in Zephyr Cove
Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground
Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground
View above Emerald Bay
View above Emerald Bay
View above Emerald Bay
View above Emerald Bay
Emerald Island
Emerald Island
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
Kayaking in Emerald Bay
First time kayaking in actual waves
First time kayaking in actual waves
View from waters of Lake Tahoe
View from waters of Lake Tahoe
Kayaking in Zephyr Cove
Kayaking in Zephyr Cove
Park City RV Resort Entrance
Park City RV Resort Entrance
Olympic Park
Olympic Park
Olympic Park
Olympic Park
Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Cody

    The pictures are truly majestic and I like the new video formating as well. Keep up the good work!

  • chrissy

    wow…gorgeous pictures! Your stories and pictures are making me realize that, no matter hhow much I’ve been wanting to take a trip overseas these days, there are still so many beautiful things to see in the US.

  • Mark/Joany/Annamieke

    Hey Kyle,

    I hope you’re doing O.K. without us. ha. We’re in Santa Cruz (actually in Scotts Valley). It’s fun and we’re having fun scooting in and around on the Vespas at AmeriVespa. We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff. We went to Saratoga Springs today and saw a cool RV place there. I wanted to tell you about Capitola. We were there the other day and it was nice. Right next to the beach- small and neat old surf town. We’re close by the area. Capitola is where Hitchcock shot scenes for the movie; The Birds. I’m confused however in that in the film all the houses and such were black and white only. Now there in color. Also, Santa Cruz and the boardwalk is neat. I think it’s the oldest wooden rollercoaster there or something. So…. oh, also, I stopped at Camping World and bought a “clear tube”. Yeah, the show is great. ha. Hope all is well. I’ll write along the way if that’s O.K.

    Mark

  • Ryan Opdahl

    Kyle, I can’t believe you would choose to go out and find “water as blue as an ocean and beaches with smooth white sand, it is paradise at 6,200 feet above sea level!” We have mini donuts as far as the eye can see and an limitless supply of Oofda tacos during the 2009 Polk County Fair!! It is good eating at 1,139 feet above sea level! Have you been golfing at the Sandhill River Golf course yet? We are waiting for your spin through NW Minnesota.