USA Wanderings: Up in the Mountains
Did you know that if you go up to 7000 feet the oxygen is thinner and it is harder to breathe. You also need to keep hydrated, or things start feeling wrong. We arrived up at Lake Tahoe late on Saturday night and then yesterday I started noticing how hard it was to breathe, then I got a headache. I didn’t want to believe it was altitude sickness, which I hadn’t heard about before until Anne was telling us how she had it once. In the end I realized I was dehydrated so once I started drinking more water, a lot more water, then I felt a lot better.
I really didn’t want to miss some gorgeous scenery by being sick.
We went to Squaw Valley to see some big mountains. They were very big and nothing like I had seen before. We took the tram up to the top to look around.
This was taken in the tram as it was taking off up the mountain. You can see where we were headed.
This is what we travelled in. They are small and there was a lot of people in it. It was hard to take photos with the glass and reflections.
There are chairlifts everywhere for the snow season. I can understand why they are there, but it was hard getting photos without them in it.
Here is the view from the top. Look at those mountains. It was breathtaking, literally breathtaking. It was so incredible to see all of these.
Of course we had to take some photos of the small wildlife going about their business on the flowers. We don’t get bees like this in Australia, so I couldn’t help chasing them. A lot of fun.
I am acclimatizing to the area, and looking forward to exploring more as we travel. I’m really looking forward to today, but tomorrow is going to be amazing.
Here are the above photos and more of the mountains. Don’t forget you can click on an image to see a bigger version of it.