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Lake Tahoe in summer

I'd seen Lake Tahoe only in winter, its shores under deep snow. So, on Day 1 of my first warm-weather trip around the lake last month, I couldn't stop prowling the water's edge, scanning for new hues of blue. On Day 2, I rock-hopped and rented a bike. On Day 3, I hiked above Emerald Bay into the mist of Eagle Falls.

So how, on Day 4, did I wind up in man-made subterranean blackness, stranded in a narrow stone tunnel somewhere between a dead playboy's boathouse and his opium den?

-- Christopher Reynolds

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Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus (south and north),

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