Emerald Bay State Park The Rubicon Trail
Captivated by the bay beauty, Lora Josephine Knight, one of the wealthiest women in America, bought land here to build her Scandinavian-style castle, Vikingsholm, in 1929, where she spent the summers. Mrs. Knight would entertain her guests at her castle-like teahouse on Fannette Island. This is a small island in the middle of Emerald Bay and the only island in Lake Tahoe.
Walking towards the trailhead, we spotted a bear. This is the closest I have ever come to encountering a large carnivore in the wild. Quite impressive but a bit frightening as well. As guests in their bear habitat, we acted confidently to ensure our safety and that of the bears. We ignored the animal; it ignored us and disappeared into the forest.