On Aug. 2, 2013, I visited Lake Tahoe for the first time, trying out the very rocky Commons Beach in Tahoe City, Calif. Here is a picture from that day:
|Yep, that's me.|
On Sunday, I went back to that same spot and snapped this pic:
|Way more Neapolitan-ice cream-like this time around.|
At Kings Beach a few miles away, water that was up to my shoulders last summer is now ankle-deep. Throughout Tahoe, rivers trickle or don't flow at all. The snowpack this winter was 3 percent of what it normally is. Restaurants there don't serve you water unless you ask for it.
The crazy thing is, the area's been in a drought for at least three years. They were talking about it long before I got here. But in less than two years, the difference has become especially stark.
Here's another pair of a nearby spot:
|Oct. 8, 2013|
|April 12, 2015. They just call the restaurant "Ranch" now.|
Dang millennials and their lyrics.