Yesterday was quite a day, full of adventure for me! My friend, Jon Krauss, has a very unusual business. He builds piers in Lake Tahoe. To access the piers from the lake, he has three “larks”. These larks are special amphibious boats that he drives into the lake, and then can access piers – even in shallow waters – as he drives in major steel to support the piers. That is a very “simple person’s” description of his business.
Because of his larks, he is able to help out his Lake Tahoe neighborhoods in many ways. Yesterday he took the lark known as Miss Piggy, from Tahoe City where she was working, over to the beach where the Coast Guard Station is. He met people from a company that puts on the fireworks for Kings Beach (July 3rd) and Tahoe City (July 4th). There were 6 guys and a big truck waiting to load the barge that the fireworks will be rocketed from. Since the lake’s water level is too low to get close enough to the pier to be loaded, Miss Piggy came to help! So Miss Piggy drove onto shore, where the gear was put on her deck, then she went back into the water, where the men loaded up the barge and Captain Jon pulled the barge over to Kings Beach. This was only a 6 mile tow, but due to the size of the load we were averaging 3.5 miles per hour. It took a while – with the whole loading and loading – it added up to almost a four hour adventure for me.
I couldn’t resist just taking photos of the color of the water as we moved through different depths of Lake Tahoe. The lark rides so close to the top of the water, it felt surreal to be skimming along the lake. When we got to Kings Beach, Jon and his worker Chuey had to “drop the spuds”, which was quite amazing to see. The boom on Miss Piggy lifted the two tall steel ends of the barge so they individually disengaged and dropped, driving them into the lake bottom to secure the barge.
I was then driven right up onto the beach by Jon before he went back to the barge and put out markers to keep it from being accessed by the public. The people sitting on the beach had a lot of fun looking at this machine pull up and I walked down a ladder to get off and went to my car. I had a noon appointment to show property, for which I was slightly late and arrived in my “yachting clothes.”
This was so much fun for me! It was work for Miss Piggy, Jon and Chuey. Jon does this every year, devoting his equipment, time and employee so that the fireworks in Kings Beach will be enjoyed on the 3rd of July!
Happy Independence Day!