Where to Find a December Adventure

Two north shores, in way different locales, are both bursting with seasonal activities.

We have a theory. North shores—at least in these examples of Oahu’s and California’s Lake Tahoe—are so far flung from the busier commerce-centric south shores that they are typically pristine. What we don’t know is why south shores develop first. You can ponder that as you relax under a palm tree, or, perhaps, a pine. Pack your sense of adventure—activities will either include snowfall or a light dusting of sand.  

Photo Credit: Wouter Kiel via Flickr
Photo Credit: Wouter Kiel via Flickr
Photo Credit: Daniel Ramirez via Flickr
Photo Credit: Daniel Ramirez via Flickr

We know the two north shores are different—after all, one is in Northern California, the other in the tropics. Oddly, though, they have more in common than you might think.

Water profile

Oahu: average temp of the tempting sparkling blue is about 77 degrees

Lake Tahoe: average temp of the tempting sparkling blue is 40 to 50 degrees. So yeah, don’t dive in unless your underwear are on fire.

Arboreal snapshot

Oahu: Palms are quintessential but then there’s the giant non-native beauty known as the banyan tree, with a trunk that can grow to extremely large diameters.

Lake Tahoe: Red and white firs, as well as pines and cedar populate the forest. Then there’s the giant non-native beauty known as the sequoia, with a trunk that can grow to extremely large diameters.

The adventure course

Skiing and water skiing

Oahu: In the winter, the pros come to catch the giant (30 foot) waves endemic to that season. You can learn the history of the sport at Haleiwa Surf Museum, which collects memorabilia from the 1960s.

Lake Tahoe: In the winter, the pros skiers come to shred the gnar pow. You can learn the history of the sport at Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics.

Packing for a trip

Oahu: bathing suit, surf boards, beach towels, sunscreen

Lake Tahoe: boots, skis, wind breakers, wool socks, sunscreen

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