California's Hidden Serenity - My Family Travels
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Within the fast life of California living, there is a peaceful serenity where travelers can pause from life to admire all the magnificent aspects of nature’s beauty. On June 16, 2012, I traveled to South Lake Tahoe in northern California to experience my first camping trip. Upon arrival I was taken away by the massive mountains towering over me making me seem so meager. As soon as I stepped out of the vehicle the alluring aroma of camp fires and fresh air surrounded me creating a refreshing feeling inside.

I camped at the breath taking Sugar Pine Point State Park, and the camping experience there was astounding. The campsite was well kept with showers for campers, as well as bathrooms which were cleaned every morning by the park rangers. While speaking to the park rangers and fellow camper, it was easy to see how much respect they had for the plants and animals that resided in the park. Every night the luminous stars painted the sky and every morning I awoke to the beautiful songs the birds would sing.

Engulfing the comforting camp grounds were gigantic pine trees casting shadows throughout the entire state park. A humble creek intertwined itself throughout Sugar Pine Point Park. The scenery spoke out to me, reminding me how attractive and gentle nature can be.

There is much to do within a quick drive from Sugar Pine Point’s camp grounds, including several other national and state parks within a few miles. There are numerous hiking trails that lead to spectacular mountain top views, crystal clear lakes and plenty of sights to take advantage of while camp in South Lake Tahoe. Perhaps, the most life altering experiences I was a part of was jumping off a 50-foot cliff into a dazzling lake awaiting me at the bottom. Jumping of the cliff, I felt so free and alive. I felt as if I could do anything and could conquer the world.

There is a place in northern California where travelers from all over can discover the countless wonders of natures beauty. That place is South Lake Tahoe. The experience was so memorable and made my first camping trip such a blessing. Nature seemed flawless 6200 feet above sea level. With so much to do it is question why South Lake Tahoe wouldn’t be the dream travel destination.


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