The best thing about the drive to Tahoe is the drive to Tahoe. The 365 is gorgeous.
There was much less snow on the mountains in comparison to last year, but it is as pretty as ever.
We stopped at Mono Lake, but the west side instead of the of east side like last time. The tufas are not nearly as terrific, but they will just have to do.
Just right off the 365 is Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville. The gravestones date back to the mid 1800s, when miners and farmers started coming to Owens Valley.
Despite the stops, we were in Tahoe five hours later, and enjoying a yummy pizza happy hour at Base Camp Pizza an hour after that. (We walked from the Haerr house, we didn't have to wait an hour for a table like everyone else... early bird gets the beer!!)
On our way back we took a slight detour to test the strength of the ice, along with the other daring Tahoe tourists.
The lack of snow did not prevent people from visiting. Tahoe is amazing year round, in any kind of weather.