The name 'Tahoe' originated from a native-american term 'Da-ow-ga', which simply means
'The Lake'. The Washoe, who used to inhabit the region seasonally, had more descriptive
names for the other lakes, which they thought all came from this single, largest source of fresh water.
Though considered a sacred place by the natives, the lake has lost much of its pristineness.
Ski resorts, hotels, and casinos filled up the starry skies with their own neon lights,
and the lake shores are packed with private cabins. The boulders at Bonsai Rock
now wear permanent scars because of some egocentric vandals, who thought their infantile scribbles
deserved a long-term exhibit. Every trip brings mixed feelings and once again makes me
think about 'what might have been'. You know, had we got it right.