I remember going to Fallen Leaf Lake with my family when I was very very young, maybe 4 years old. It is close to Lake Tahoe, but so peaceful, and not at all commercial. Maybe I’ll go back some time…OM OM.
"Sadhana is practiced...wherever a pure, serene atmosphere can be found." Achieve steadiness, control of emotions through abhyasa-regular consistent practice with devotion, yoga-the restraint of mental activities and vairaghya-dispassion. Like the growth of a kauri tree, it's a slow process; check it every few years, see the progress.