Truckee & Lake Tahoe

We caught an Amtrak train from Emeryville (just outside San Francisco) for a beautiful ride back into the Sierra Nevada to visit a dear friend and inspiration from college days.  She lives in Truckee, next to Lake Tahoe.

The train was 6 hours each way:  slow, swaying, hypnotic and the scenery stunning.  We ate dinner in the dining car over Amtrak wine with two fellows fresh from a week of winery tours.  (They drank water.) 

Our two short days in Truckee were a bustle of catching up.  Truckee seems a sweet, old-fashioned seeming town where our friend teaches poetry and writing at a private college.  Beautiful setting, beautiful days - everything blooming and bright.  We walked with a charming dog through grand open landscapes near town and then visited  the deep huge blue Lake Tahoe.