Wow! These last two days have been filled with awe inspiring views and a town that felt welcoming and comfortable. We brought along Goldie which was great. She loves to be out and about with us. With a bounce in her step she seems to say, "Yay! Were we goin'!"
|Took a quick drive around Squaw Valley.|
We were now in the historic part of Truckee, California. It was a 15 minute drive from our current Airbnb. The location of this one has turned out to be perfect. We took a walk around and stopped at a combo store that had costumes with a Jim Carrey (Mask) and a replica of Sasha Baron Cohen from Alice Through the Looking Glass. They had vintage (which was overpriced significantly) clothing and accessories along with lots of costume items. Because of the pricing I an holding back on recommending them. It may be the locale, but I still find it difficult to see items that should be around $30-35 priced at $80.
|Panoramic view courtesy of the Josh.|
The next store we went in was where we purchased postcards (Jalen is collecting them) for $.25 each, stickers ($1.99-3.99), a wooden whistle ($8.00), and a leather bracelet for me ($8.99). Once again....the pricing is a bit more than I can recommend for a budget conscious traveler. Most stickers we have found have all been at the $1.99 price point. The postcards are about the same (if not slightly less) at other places. We have seen similar wooden whistles for around $5.99. The bracelet is a design I have not come across which is why I snapped it up. I wear my slim gold bangles everyday and it compliments them wonderfully. The prices were not exorbitant which is why we bought all of them. All that being said, it is not at a price point that I can claim that this shop is a no brainer for the traveler who wants to keep costs down.
Video of view: ! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vidstitch
|Large pinecone, ground designed|
to resemble art.
|Myles taking in the view.|
After that I changed my boots to hiking shoes (you know I have a tendency to wear inappropriate shoes from time to time :-)....) and we hiked up Eagle Rock. The trail immediately starts with an incline and after about ten to twelve minutes you come to a rocky area that still slopes up. That is why I switched shoes. If you decide to go please wear shoes with a grip (recommended by a reddittor who was on point). Once you reach the rocky part you start to see just where you are. The view is unlike any I have seen in the U.S. thus far. There is the lake, trees that stand majestic, and other areas that seem to have been plucked right out of a fairy tale. Josh took a panoramic shot which gives you an accurate sense of it's grandeur. For once I wore the right clothing, and boy am I glad I did. It was another windy day but being dressed in the right attire made it bearable. Of course we came across an area where someone added graffiti to a rock. That was not cool and they should be ashamed of themselves. I am a fan of graffiti artists, but was not the place to do that.
|Gorgeous from any angle!|
How do I rate Eagle Rock?
Rated 1-5 (with 1 being the lowest)
Convenience- 5 The drive was a joy on it's own. We pulled over at a space for cars at the entrance.
Staff- N/A It is a self-led trail.
Trail- 4 It is not wheelchair/stroller accessible, and I would rate it between easy with some challenging parts in the rock area.
Kid friendly- 4.5 There was a family with three kiddos coming down as we hiked up Jalen and Myles had to be aware of where they stepped for balance. At the top everyone needs to watch footing if you decide to go closer to the edge. Because it was so windy we stayed a couple of feet back. If it wasn't windy we light have gone a little closer. Even so....the view was unforgettable!
Til next time,