Eagle Falls/Eagle Lake Info/Experience

Eagle Lake (Trail) is an incredible place to hike, with it’s lush, green forests, towering rock cliffs, and the final destination-a beautiful, secluded lake surrounded by nature at it’s finest. If you ever visit Lake Tahoe, I would recommend going here.

This hike is considered moderate. How long it takes depends on what your plans here are, since there are a lot of places to visit in this area. (There is another waterfall, along with Vikingsholm Castle.) If you would like to visit the other places, you could just visit Eagle Falls, which is only a half a mile hike. (Note: You have to climb a lot of steps carved out of the mountainside. It’s short but steep.) After climbing the stone steps, you will see a bridge. If you cross it you can also choose to hang out near the small area of water just before it becomes a waterfall. (It isn’t deep, and the water is pretty calm, so you can swim there.)

The bridge to view Eagle Falls (sorry if the image is blurry)

Eagle Lake is around a two mile hike and about 400 feet in elevation, so it’s much longer to reach. However, the view is worth the hike, so I would encourage others to hike past Eagle Falls. After crossing the bridge, you continue hiking up rough, uneven rocks through a forest.

an interesting tree we stumbled upon

In a little while, you’ll see the Desolation Wilderness Sign. To pass, you need a permit in which can be found near the parking lot just before the trail starts. The forest trail continues for a short while into a plain of flat rock. (The trail is still going uphill.) Looking behind you, you’ll see a great view of the surrounding forests and will want to take some pictures, but I suggest that you climb a little higher before snapping a picture, so that you can see more of Emerald Bay in the background.

view of the surrounding forest and Emerald Bay

After being bathed in sunlight(DO NOT GO HIKING AFTER LUNCH TIME- YOU’LL BE ACCOMPANIED BY HEADACHES WHEREVER YOU GO-), ahem, you’ll be walking through a flat area of forest for a few minutes, then emerging into the sun. For about 20-30 minutes you’ll be walking up some more stone steps. Even though it’s reallyyy steep- don’t give up!

Once you reach the lake, just sit down and admire the amazing view. It’s something ya don’t get to see everyday… (unless maybe you live here uwu).

view of Eagle Lake and the surrounding mountains
a pic of the clear waters of the lake

Thank you guys for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your day!

I’d love to hear what you think of my writing or if you have hiked Eagle Trail before! ^v^

My Visit to the Islands of Aloha

When I was younger, I’d often dream about visiting the mystical, mysterious islands of Hawaii, a place that countless others had said was one of the most beautiful places on this Earth. Never-ending shorelines of soft, pale sand, and waters of the clearest blue… it was hard to believe such a place existed. I had been to beaches in San Francisco, the water murky from the city’s pollution and the skies always so grey and cloudy. My best friend had visited the island of Kauai a few times, always coming back and telling stories about Hawaiian men eating fire, fun-filled adventures on the beach, and the annoying rooster that crowed very, very early in the morning. That made me even more curious to visit Hawaii.

Finally, this year, I got to visit Hawaii for the first time! We visited Oahu island, and when we arrived there, just the sight of it was breathtaking. The waters were super blue, unlike the beaches I had been to before. It almost seemed… fake. And the air was amazing! An abundance of nice, cool breezes without any allergens on the air… I didn’t feel allergic the whole time there. (Visit my Allergies Post.)

View from Diamond Head
View from Diamond Head

Oahu is known for Diamond Head Crater, a dormant volcano located near Waikiki Beach. At the beginning of the trip, we hiked up to Diamond Head. It was pretty hard going up since the trail was uneven and rough. I haven’t hiked much in my life, so for me, that was pretty challenging. (Don’t worry, if you’re reading this and are now unsure if you should hike there, it’s actually a kid-friendly trail uwu.) However, at the top, the view was amazing!! It’s really picturesque, and at the right angle, you can capture the city, the crater, and the ocean all at once. When we climbed down, we got to eat coconut water straight from the insides of a real coconut! The meat inside was pretty tasty too, so I’d definitely recommend that if any of you guys decide to take a visit.

I also hiked Moana Trail, which, in my opinion, was slightly harder than Diamond Head. Unlike Diamond Head, which was dry, Moana trail was humid, since it’s in the middle of a tropical forest. Because it was humid, the trail was muddy and slick. Tip: Bring a hiking stick on this one. I thought that getting up was the hard part but noooo going down was actually the real challenge. I fell on that trail two times, and on the second time, I hit my knee on a rock. (To not keep falling, I had to hold on to the plants on the side of the wall at some times, or the rocks that were sticking out of the ground.) However, all the sweat and scary I’m-gonna-slip moments were worth undergoing. At the end of the trail was a waterfall- and it was pretty darn high. I had actually seen this waterfall on the internet before that I’d used in school projects, and I was really in awe to be standing before the very same waterfall. 

After all the hiking, everyone got to have some relaxation. We spent one day at the beach and the pool just lounging about and gazing at the ocean. The waves really have a way of putting you into a trance. (If I look at the waves for over a minute, I start to get dizzy…>.<) I also snorkeled for the first time! Putting on the mouthpiece made me feel like I was a baby with a pacifier. It was really weird breathing only through my mouth. For about thirty minutes, I was swallowing (and inhaling…) salt water, which is not fun, trust me. But when I got the hang of it, it was pretty interesting. As I was gazing at all the colorful fish swim about, I felt like I became a fish too. I only was able to snorkel for a little over an hour though because the water was really cold. 

Hawaiian tidepool
Hawaiian tidepool

On the final day, I got to visit a “secret beach.” Secret because not many people knew about that, which was perfect for taking pictures. Getting there was no easy task… Well, if you wanted to do the way that passed all of the people-free nature spots. We had to walk over a bunch of rocks for about a fifth of the journey. Then, we got to a small section of beach that had little tidepools in them, silvery fish darting in and out of sight and wary crabs that hid in between the rocks. We crossed another beach which had lots of tiny pebbles and bits of shells that were washed up by the waves. After spending some time examining them, we continued onwards, to our final challenges; climbing the rocks of doom. Well, it was not that bad, but for me, it was really scary. The rocks were all sharp and hurt my feet, and with the waves crashing at the other rocks below(and a dead crab nearby), I actually felt my heart racing. And. THERE WERE BEES. (I have uh, a small fear of bees.) So when I finished crossing those rocks and saw more walks, I was like, “Nuh-uh, no more rock-climbing for me!” So I took to the waterways(it was protected from the waves by some rocks), and swam across, finally making it to the secret beach(and beating the rest of my family hehehe-). It was pretty cool, and I spotted a turtle at one point. 

Overall, my trip to Hawaii was a blast! I had a lot of fun hiking, adventuring, snorkeling, and eating all the delicious food! (Try the kalua pork, it’s pretty yummy 😉 )

I would definitely recommend going to all the places I visited, and to try new things there! Until later,…

Aloha! 

(P.S. If you’d like to see more of my photos, take a look at my photography page.)

hawaiian shore
hawaiian shore

Allergies… My Secret Follower

Allergies. My worst enemy. The little thing that follows me day and night, haunting my daily social life…(coughs loudly).

For some of you lucky peeps out there… allergies don’t even exist. You live your day to day lives strolling around a park without even twitching your nose.

Me? THE OPPOSITE. When I decide to stroll into a park, my eyes start blinking really rapidly, my nose starts feeling itchy, and my mind starts screaming, “ALLERGY ALERT, ALLERGY ALERT, GET TISSUES!!!” And then, I start blowing my tissues really, really loudly. Not on purpose, but because it doesn’t feel so great to have your nose clogged up 24/7.

Even indoors, it’s not much better. Especially in the classroom. It’s already bad enough feeling allergic, let alone when it turns into something embarrassing. In the classroom, even the smallest whispers can be heard by pretty much the whole class, so you can imagine how loud I am. (And my class isn’t even that quiet…) Every time I blow my nose in class, I feel very self-conscious. And they all know who blew their nose because I’m usually the only one in class who does that every five minutes.

People tend to think I’m always sick, which isn’t true. I’m just allergic to the majority of the native plants in my area, making me allergic for the whole year, not including winter, which is the one season that I actually get sick. One time, one of my teachers thought that I had a cold for a whole month. (What actually happened was that I was sick for two weeks, but the rest of the time I was just allergic.)

Now, I take allergy shots every month. For those of you who don’t know what allergy shots are, they are basically shots full of sneezes and suffering– I mean, full of the very things that make you allergic, so that your body can help build up resistance to these allergens. I also take Zyrtec every morning to lower the severity of my allergic reactions.

For those of you who also suffer from this, know that you are not alone. There are a lot of other people who are also undergoing this experience. I’m hoping that my allergies will go away someday, but until then… let us suffer together ^v^

Image result for pollen allergy meme funny
Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/pablovaldivia/seasonal-allergy-jokes

Also, here’s a funny poem about allergies I found online: link

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