Taking a break

I don’t think I take an excessive amount of vacation, but it does seem that when I’m away lots of news breaks. We’ve just come back from a week near Lake Tahoe and I missed Barry Bonds breaking the home run record and one of the wildest weeks in ages in the financial markets.

Eagle Lake

Among the many wonderful things I did instead was walk a short way into the Desolation Wilderness. The one-mile walk to Eagle Lake must be one of the great short hikes in the world. You climb rather steeply up a path between towering cliffs, with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and its rather perfect Emerald Bay. Just when you’re hot enough and tired enough, you reach Eagle Lake.* My family and the family of friends we were vacationing with all changed into our swimsuits and plunged into the clear, cold water. Truly perfect.

Just to check whether my vacations are truly harbingers of newsworthy events, we’re off to Kauai tomorrow. Life is very good right now.

*Photo from Flickr by Pinar Ozgar 

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