I have lived in California for the majority of my life, yet I haven’t fully experienced all it has to offer. It wasn’t until I spent this last week in Lake Tahoe, that I realized what I had been missing out on.
Even though I care about the environment and living sustainably, I definitely would not call myself an outdoorsy person. Growing up, I never went camping, hiking or to the beach. Even when I started venturing out more in college, my idea of camping involved toilets, showers, and being less than a few miles from the nearest grocery store. I still won’t be “roughing it” anytime soon, but I am happy to say I came back with a newfound appreciation for nature.
Living in Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe is literally a breathe of fresh air with its amazing views and crystal clear water. It’s a place I hope everyone, including future generations has the chance to witness and appreciate for many years to come. Unfortunately, with the worsening drought conditions this may not be possible.
On the drive up, I could see the impact the drought has had on the surrounding lakes, mountains, and trees.
The lake is at the lowest it’s been in years, and according to some locals, the beach behind our cabin didn’t even exist before.
In Emerald Bay, you can see where the water once came up to on the rocks.
Seeing the affects of the drought and climate change makes me even more motivated to live better and make better choices for our planet so that we can preserve this wonderful place and the many others like it across the world. In the meantime, I plan on getting back to nature as often as possible and enjoy it while I still can.
What are some of the ways you connect with nature? Have you seen the affects of the drought and climate change where you live? Let me know in the comments!1