Anyway, on my way to Carson City a few hours earlier, I had noticed a paddlewheel cruise boat, the M.S. Dixie II, pulling into the dock at the Zephyr Cove Resort. After I left the library and approached the resort, I saw that the boat was back at the dock taking on passengers. I hadn't planned on actually going out onto the lake, but I've taken excursion cruises before and always enjoyed them, and besides the whole point of traveling alone is that I can decide to do things on the spur of the moment. So I pulled into the parking lot and headed for the ticket booth.
But before I got there I saw a different ticket booth, this one for the Woodwind II, a catamaran sailboat. Ooh, even better than a paddle wheeler! So I bought a ticket for that one instead, even thought it cost a little more and didn't leave for another thirty minutes. But it's not like I had anything better to do.
The cruise was very nice. It was a bit cloudy for the first half of the trip, and for a while I was worried that it might rain. But in fact it didn't rain, and the although the clouds made some of the scenery a bit less attractive, they also kept things somewhat cooler than they otherwise would have been by obscuring the sun. Whoo!
The cruise lasted about 90 minutes, and by the time we returned to the dock the sun was getting pretty low in the sky. This was of some concern to me, because the campground at which I was staying was on the other side of the lake, and I'd not yet set up my tent. But I made good time and arrived at Emerald Bay State Park in plenty of time to make camp. Well, enough time. Once I got the tent up, I tried to find my way down to the bay before it got completely dark, but failed miserably. Alas. So I made plans to get up early and watch the sun rise over the lake. That would be cool.
But it wasn't meant to be. I woke up around 3:30 AM to the sound of rain on the tent. It was still raining at 6, when I had planned to get up. And it was still raining an hour later, at which point I gave up on waiting for it to stop raining, got dressed, and broke camp. I was on the road for Yosemite National Park by 8.