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Summer is my favorite season at Lake Tahoe and Truckee. It’s loaded with opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences full of adventure, recreation and entertainment, all against a picturesque, mountain-peak-riddled backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. To put it another way, when we Tahoe locals take “vacations” to other parts of America, let’s just say we have no problems coming back home. That said, our home looks a bit different these days. We just endured a fourth-straight mild and dry winter, and as you likely are aware, California is more than knee deep in the Western drought. Of course, the Golden State’s scorching-hot valleys and farmlands are a lot worse for the wear than up here at Lake Tahoe, where our officials assure us — we are nowhere near a water shortage Still, take one look at Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, the Truckee River and beyond, and it’s quite easy to see how much our water levels have decreased. So what does this all mean? Two things. First, it’s important to understand that all is not lost. Despite some “sky is falling” rumors, there are still several locations to launch your boats and kayaks on Tahoe, and we still have miles of pristine hiking trails, disc golf courses and countless venues and locations where you can have an absolute blast. And, with more beach than ever this summer, all signs point to a ton of fun in the sun.
An American bald eagle sits perched in a tree. The eagle is among hundreds of species that call Lake Tahoe home. Turn to page 99 to read about some of the more rare species that live here. PHOTO: RAFAL BOGOWOLSKI / RAFALBOGOWOLSKI.COM
Second, it’s also equally important to understand that we could be one spark from a poorly discarded cigarette or an illegal campfire away from a devastating wildfire, and that all it takes is one foolish timeshare property of poorly discarded trash to create a potential life-threatening human-bear encounter. So what’s the moral of the story? Whether you live here or are just visiting, do your best to have fun this summer at Lake Tahoe. But please, do so responsibly. Both our humans and animals can’t thank you enough. Kevin MacMillan is managing editor of Tahoe Magazine and the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers. This summer, you can find him hurling a round of disc golf in Tahoe Vista, snagging a craft beer (or three) at Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village or enjoying the Sierra sunshine on the Truckee River Legacy Trail in Truckee. Have feedback for Tahoe Magazine? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTRIBUTORS Jenny Goldsmith is a Tahoe City-based freelance writer who holds an MFA in creative nonfiction. She believes good writing has little to do with the stories you tell, but the way in which you tell them. She’s currently working on a novel about her experience surviving a school shooting in 1998, weaved into stories of other school shooting survivors whom she met and interviewed during a road trip around the United States last summer. You can often spot Jenny procrastinating on writing by hiking with her black lab, Ted, or long-distance swimming near the shores of Lake Tahoe. You may reach her at email@example.com. Sylas Wright is the sports editor at the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers. He’s won several writing and photography awards in both the Nevada Press Association and California Newspaper Publisher Association contests. He moved to Truckee in 2005, after growing up in the central Sierra Nevada near Shaver Lake. He enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and keeping tabs on the Truckee/ Tahoe area's world-class athletes. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark McLaughlin is a Tahoe historian and award-winning, nationally published author and professional speaker with six books and more than 700 articles in print. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, and participated in many documentaries. Mark lives in Carnelian Bay and is currently working with The Weather Channel on a new Donner Party documentary. His newest book, “Snowbound: Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra,” is due out in 2015. You may reach him at email@example.com.
Mandy Feder is the managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and a resident of South Lake Tahoe. She is passionate about freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Her interests include hiking, swimming, history, writing, photography, football, old punk rock music and literature. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Margaret Moran is a Jillof-all-trades reporter/ photgrapher with the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers, serving Truckee and communities along the Lake Tahoe's North Shore, including Incline Village, Kings Beach and Tahoe City. When not covering the news, she enjoys hiking local trails, reading and drinking lots of coffee. You may reach her at email@example.com. Dylan Silver is a freelance writer and photographer based in South Lake Tahoe. He’s lived in the area for more than 10 years, spending part of his childhood in nearby Gardnerville, Nev. His favorite Tahoe activities are snowboarding, stand-up paddling, backpacking and enjoying the locals’ discount at South Shore buffets. More of Dylan’s work can be found on his website, dylansilver.com, or through his Instragram handle, @dylan_silver. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anthony Gentile is the sports editor at the Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe. This summer will be the San Diego native’s first at Lake Tahoe, and he plans to be near the water and exploring new hikes as much as possible during the summer months. You may reach him at email@example.com.
Isaac Brambila is a staff reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune who moved to South Lake Tahoe in late summer 2014. He also writes the column “Bramble On,” and does photography for the newspaper. He will be spending his first full summer in Tahoe in 2015, during which he plans to spend a ridiculous amount of time in the lake, as well as hiking and mountain biking. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ashley A. Cooper is a professional truth-seeker with the utmost respect for creativity and coffee. She worships soul-transporting imagery, appropriate — as well as absolutely audacious — alliteration, and the art and rebellion of a well-crafted run-on. She bows down to the sun, the sea, and the mountains. And coconut oil. Summer days she’s hiking forests, romping through wildflowers, and bathing in freezing waters. Ashley teaches and practices yoga, and facilitates awesome yoga retreats. A Truckee resident, she lives for playing, eating, and dancing at Truckee Thursdays. You may reach her at email@example.com. Tim Hauserman is a freelance writer based in Tahoe City who has written more than 100 articles about a wide range of topics. He wrote the official guidebook to the Tahoe Rim Trail, as well as “Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children” and the recently released “Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time.” He spends his summer months road and mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. This summer he plans to join 15,000 others in the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ADVENTURE Read this sentence a few times and let it sink in: Flyboarding involves riding on a board that's connected to a personal watercraft via an 80-foot fire hose that shoots you up in the air high above Lake Tahoe. Got that? Yeah, flyboarding is the real deal, and it’s just one of countless adventures to be had here. Or, if hanging out at the beach in the buff is more your thing, we’ve got you, ahem, covered there, too. Whatever your passion or pleasure, exploration awaits — and it’s up to you to seize the moment.
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I AM IRON MAN Experience what it's like to hover above Lake Tahoe with one of the basin's newest sports BY GRIFFIN ROGERS
Lake Tahoe this summer, feet strapped to a platform propelled by a high-powered water hose, there may be an instant when flyboarders forget their flightless pasts and start feeling like some sort of superhero. At least that's the way the basin's newest sport has been described by some of those who've experienced it. Flyboarding, a fairly new sport in its own right, involves riding on a board - or flyboard - that's connected to a personal watercraft via an 80-foot fire hose. The board takes flight by harnessing the power of the personal watercraft, rendering the watercraft immobile, but allowing the flyboarder to boost several feet out of the water. It's a sport that was never offered at Lake Tahoe before - that is, not until last year. "It's kind of like Aquaman meets Iron Man," said Stuart Maas, director of sales, marketing and I.T. for TahoeSports.com. "The sky is the limit with these things." Flyboard Tahoe Sports, a new company created under Ski Run Boat Company at South Lake Tahoe, is the first to offer flyboarding at the alpine lake. It opened for business on the Fourth of July last year with two flyboards in its arsenal and an appetite to get people airborne.
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Flyboarding is now being offered at Lake Tahoe for the first time. Reservations can be made through Ski Run Boat Company.
The experience starts by selecting a lesson option, which varies depending on what customers want to spend and how long they wish to be in the air. Once settled, participants are whisked away to an offshore pontoon boat located near Ski Run Marina. They are given about 10 minutes of instruction, then fitted into a wetsuit and strapped to a flyboard. Travis Junkin, the manager for the activity, was giving tips to a beginning flyboarder one warm summer afternoon. "You're going to want to keep your legs straight and move your ankles for balance," Junkin said, explaining how most people fall backward in the air for putting too much weight on their heels. "If you do fall, try to turn and land on your side." Sitting on the edge of the pontoon boat, feet stuck to a small contraption capable of unleashing the power of a personal watercraft, can feel a bit unsettling to a newcomer. However, it becomes a little easier to grasp after slipping into the water and getting a feel for the board when the jets kick on.
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At Flyboard Tahoe Sports, power to the flyboard is controlled by the personal watercraft operator, so hand signals are needed to go higher or lower. The power of Tahoe Sports' personal watercraft allow a flyboarder to hover up to 15 or 20 feet in the air, Junkin said. Once a safe distance away from the boat, riders are free to attempt liftoff on their own, and it usually doesn't take very long. Junkin recalled one athletic participant who was up in less than five minutes on his first attempt. But some people may be up faster than that. Snowboarders or skateboarders with practice using their ankles for balance could find themselves steadily hovering above the surface of Lake Tahoe in under a minute. Once airborne, flyboarders can do any number of maneuvers, including diving in and out of the water like a dolphin, pulling off back flips like a pro or just gliding through the air like Iron Man. Back flips may be out of most beginners' skill level, but novices might be surprised how fast they can pick up the sport. Since the sport is relatively new, Maas said the company is catering to first-timers, and he wants them to know it's easier to get going than they might think. "It's the first-time experience," he said. "That's what we're all about."
Sam Ercolano, of Flyboard Tahoe Sports, dives into the lake on a flyboard.
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The TD 4 Wheelers Club hosts an afternoon of 4x4 family fun! Don’t miss this inaugural fundraising event, with kids’ games, show-and-shine contest, raffle, Cornhole, Deschutes Brewery beer tasting and BBQ dinner. Proceeds will be donated to the new Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, an organization designed to make charitable contributions to benefit the greater Truckee/North Tahoe area. Trail run to take place Sunday, July 19. For more information or to sign up, see tahoedonner.com or email email@example.com.
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GO, ROCKY, GO! Man and best friend make for a dynamic Tahoe-Truckee racing team BY SYLAS WRIGHT
B aclet and his racing partner R ocky are easy to spot on a crowded course. Regular competitors in Lake Tahoe races, Baclet is the one with the long hair and disheveled, two-tone gray beard blowing wildly in the wind, a smile lighting up his face. Rocky is more distinguishable yet, with four short legs in rapid motion, bounding happily at Baclet's side when not tucked neatly into a backpack over his owner's shoulder, his oversized ears perked over a game face that means business. "I've done about 80 races with him. He absolutely lives for it," Baclet said of his dog, adding that carrying the extra 13 pounds on his back in a mountain bike race is worth the effort. "I think the main benefit I get is I realize how much he's enjoying it, and that just kind of adds to the 26
Rocky waits patiently for the starting gun from the backpack of his owner, Jeff Baclet, at a Tahoe mountain bike race.
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Jeff Baclet and Rocky compete in the XTERRA Tahoe City triathlon last summer. The two have been racing together for about three years, taking part in trail runs, mountain bike races and triathlons.
spirit of the race. I'm not a qualifier. I'm like a plow horse. My objective is to finish the race. But I know that he's having the time of his life." Baclet and Rocky have raced together for about three years, taking part mostly in trail runs but also mountain bike races and triathlons put on by Big Blue Adventure. They've completed at least six marathons together, three or four 50K trail runs and even a 50-miler, said Baclet, a 44-year-old missionary from Reno and co-owner of Moondog Computers. Rocky uses his own four feet for the trail runs and rides in the backpack for mountain bike races. In triathlons, he waits anxiously in the transition area until his owner emerges from the water and fixes him into his riding perch. Baclet said it's a toss-up which he enjoys more - running or riding. "Sometimes when I put him in the backpack he tries to stretch out his legs so he can get his two front legs out of the backpack and wiggle a little bit more," he said. "But he's never tried to escape from the backpack. He gets himself hunkered
down in there and is like, 'Let's go.'" Rocky wasn't always so fortunate. As a pup, he and his former owner frequented a Reno homeless shelter that Baclet runs, coming and going until Rocky one day wound up in the pound. Rocky's then-owner convinced Baclet to swing by the pound while on their way out of town for a mission, and after negotiating Rocky's $50 price tag down to $25, Baclet left with a dog. "I told his owner, Jeff, 'I'm gonna keep the little guy. I just don't feel right with you taking him. I don't think it's going to go in the right direction with you taking him.' And I really believe that God just gave me a dog," he said. Baclet learned that Rocky, who is incapable of barking and grooms himself like a cat, is a cross of a rare breed of dog called an African basenji. He also is part English rat terrier. Baclet said people often mistake him for a Jack Russell terrier. "He's an amazing dog," Baclet said. "He doesn't bark." Baclet decided one day to bring his young, energetic dog on a competitive
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“MY OBJECTIVE IS TO FINISH THE RACE. BUT I KNOW THAT HE'S HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE.” JEFF BACLET 50K run. He brought his backpack in case Rocky ran out of gas before the finish. He didn't need it, as Rocky powered through like a champ. "There's only been one time that he tried to quit on me, at an aid station at mile 43," Baclet said, referring to the Silver State 50-Miler on Peavine Mountain. "He was completely laid out and I said, 'Rocky, come on,' and his little eyebrow kind of raised. And sure enough, he got a second wind and we finished out the 50-miler."
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Baclet began bringing Rocky along on mountain bike races, securing him in the backpack for his own safety. Once, while competing in the Tahoe Trail 50K Leadville Qualifier at Northstar, Baclet crashed on a downhill. Fellow competitors raced to the scene, concerned about Rocky's well-being. Baclet, meanwhile, received little sympathy. "Everybody was like, 'Is your dog OK?' And I was like, 'Yeah, he kind of just bounced off of me, but my hip is a little damaged.' And they went, 'Oh, glad to hear your dog is OK. See you at the bottom.'" In any given race, whether mountain biking or running, Baclet said Rocky elicits comments from probably 95 percent of the racers they come across. Spectators chant his name like Rocky Balboa in the classic boxing movies, and photo requests are common. And while Rocky is content with trotting at Baclet's side during trail runs, he never allows his owner to beat him to the finish line. "I've never beat him in a race. There was only one time that I had a chance, and it was when we were running toward the finish line at Squaw Valley and he was distracted by a Labrador on the side," Baclet said. "I went into a full-on sprint to see if I could beat him. And everyone started yelling, 'Rocky!" and he realized I was sprinting and he took off in a sprint and he beat me by about 2 feet." PHOTO: HARRY LEFRAK / LEFRAKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
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Lake Aloha is the largest lake at Desolation Wilderness.
BEATEN and OFF THE PATH Adventure in Desolation Wilderness comes in many forms STORY & PHOTOS BY DYLAN SILVER 30
he stream wasn ' t very big ,
but it flowed like a fire hose. I couldn't go up and I couldn't go down. The only way across was a 7-foot leap onto uneven granite. My pack suddenly felt a lot heavier and my boots less reliable. I was two days into a three-day stay in Desolation Wilderness. I had been wandering the southeast section when I decided what I needed to do was circumnavigate Lake Aloha. If you've ever seen the ragged edged body of water from above, you might guess this would be a long, confusing haul. Desolation Wilderness sits just to the west of Lake Tahoe. The wilderness area is one of the most popular in the U.S. Filled with open granite basins and dotted with cold, clear mountain lakes, it's a backpacker's dream.
Snowmelt falls from the slopes of Desolation Wilderness' Crystal Range.
Half the fun is developing a route through the area that connects various points of interest. Some go for the summits, linking a combination of Pyramid, Mount Price, Jacks, Dicks, and Tallac. Other hikers like to connect a series of lakes: Velma to Echo, Aloha to Azure, Gilmore to Fontanillis. The options are endless. My goal had been developed after repeated trips to Aloha. I'd seen it nearly bone dry in the fall, brimming in the spring, frozen in the winter and perfect for swimming mid summer. But I'd never walked around the entire thing, and I was especially curious about the western side where the Crystal Range drops steeply to the water's edge. Being June, snowmelt was still cascading off the slopes of Mount Price. Streams and waterfalls splashed their way into the lake from every direction. I'd crossed many. And I was tired of taking my boots off, freezing my feet to the bone and delaying my progress. Plus, it was getting dark. I decided to jump. Solo backpacking should be undertaken with some measure of caution. Hazards like getting lost or breaking an ankle take on new gravity when you're alone. But the real concern would
DESOLATION WILDERNESS FACTS SIZE: 63,960 acres GRANTED WILDERNESS STATUS: 1969 MAJOR FEATURES: Lake Aloha, Pacific Crest Trail, Pyramid Peak REGULATIONS: Permits are required for overnight stays. They are available from the U.S. Forest Service. Campfires are prohibited. Bear canisters are recommended. GETTING THERE: Desolation is located southwest of Lake Tahoe, north of Highway 50. It's accessible from all sides. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the length of the wilderness, and its proximity to roads makes it one of the more easily accessible wildernesses in the Sierra.
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Other than the popular east side, there are few places to string a hammock on Aloha's mostly bare granite shores.
be to be too careful. Caution will rarely take you to new places and to see new things. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go," T.S. Elliott once said. I flew through the air. The landing probably resembled a man-shaped asteroid meeting earth. I rolled into a soggy patch of moss and grass, water bottles ejecting from their outside pockets. This was not the desired objective. I gathered my bottles, double checked my bones and continued my search for a decent place to string my hammock. The sun dropped behind the Sierra. The shadows turned the white granite blue. Without a rocky hurdle in front of me, Desolation became Desolation again. The granite slabs seemed to open up and allow travel in any direction. I kept to the shoreline, never looking too far ahead. Before the trip was over, I'd cross a sloping snowfield that dropped straight into the lake. I'd get lost on one of the long peninsulas. My stove failed to start. I dropped my towel in the water. And my sleeping pad failed to hold any meaningful amount of air. But I did finish the hike. My Grandma used to say, "Adventure is misery in retrospect." By her standards, this turned out to be a fine adventure.
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AROUND LAKE TAHOE Motorcycle Road Length: Approximately 80 miles
From South Lake Tahoe head north on Highway 89 toward Tahoe City. Riders will pass Camp Richardson and Emerald Bay State Park. Both are stellar stops for taking in views and taking photographs. At Incline Village, stay on Highway 28 heading south back toward South Lake Tahoe. A scenic stop with photo ops is Sand Harbor, where the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes place. It is located about 10 minutes south of Incline Village. When Highway 28 meets up with Highway 50, follow Highway 50 west toward South Lake Tahoe. The views from Cave Rock are stunning. About four miles from South Lake Tahoe is Zephyr Cove Resort, where there are restaurants and other tourist services.
RENO TO LAKE TAHOE LOOP Motorcycle Road Length: Approximately 120 Miles
This route travels through the Tahoe National Forest and the Toiyabe National Forest. Starting in Reno, take Highway 395 North into California. Take a left on to Highway 70 West. Take a left on to Highway 49 South. When Highway 49 crosses Highway 89, take a left and take Highway 89 to Truckee. There are many restaurants and services in Truckee. From Truckee, get on Highway 267 South down to the Kings Beach area on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, where there also are many services and eateries. From Kings Beach, take Highway 28 East through Crystal Bay, then switch to Highway 431 (take a left at the roundabout onto Highway 431 heading northeast). To return to Reno, take Highway 431 to Highway 395 North.
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The view from Secret Beach on Lake Tahoe's East Shore.
GOING tahoe STREAKING The history behind some of Lake Tahoe's, ahem, naturist-friendly east shore beaches STORY & PHOTOS BY TIM HAUSERMAN
n invigorating swim in the mountain waters of Lake Tahoe is, for many, a great highlight of summer. But for some, what makes it even better is to swim in Tahoe's crystal clear waters without the limitations of those pesky bathing suits, and afterward lie au naturale in the sunshine. In fact, Tahoe's remote east shore beaches have been a favorite hang-out for naturists for more than 75 years. With an enticing combination of granite boulders, soft white sand, the meeting of emerald green and deep blue waters, and an off-the-beaten-track location, these lovely little beaches are irresistible. According to North Swanson, the 91-yearold leader of the Tahoe Area Naturists (which perhaps conveniently boasts the acronym "TAN"), enjoying the east shore beaches without clothing began with casino showgirls in the 1940s. Legend has it that they enjoyed frolicking topless while joining the parties at the Whittell Estate. George Whittell once owned the land where the public beaches are now located, and built the Thunderbird Lodge, a unique and spectacular estate about a mile south of Sand Harbor. At that time, the only access to the Thunderbird Lodge was by boat, as Highway 28 had not yet been constructed. Although the land was beautiful back when Whittell arrived, it was certainly not pristine, first-growth wilderness. In fact, during the Comstock Area of the late 1800s, the Virginia City mines were in full swing and desperately in need of lumber, and the east shore was one of the easiest places to find it. Most of the trees in the area were removed via narrow gauge railroad and water flumes.
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Swanson says the remote mix of boulders and small coves that make up the east shore has continued to be a favorite spot for naturists since it became public in the early 1970s. At that time, the U.S. Forest Service purchased more than 10,000 acres of land, and more acreage was added to the public domain later. TAN was created in the early 1980s, when one day a group of naturist friends looked around and realized that just about everyone on the beach was wearing a hat, and nothing else. Thus, the annual tradition of Hat Day began, which is now held on the third Sunday of August. TAN also gathers groups of volunteers for a beach clean up day in June, and a party on the beach in July. In addition to being a social gathering organization, TAN has worked in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service to improve the conditions of the beaches. They pick up garbage
Barifot Mountain Photo TAN URGES LOCALS AND VISITORS TO USE COMMON SENSE TO KEEP A HEAVILY USED RESOURCE AS LOVELY AS IT CAN BE. and encourage people not to litter. And they have put a lot of time into maintaining and upgrading the trails. They've worked with the USFS to replace dozens of steep-use trails which formerly dropped down from the highway, and replaced them with a few, less-steep trails that are less likely to degrade the environment. The group even has volunteers who tromp down to the beaches on weekend mornings and rake the sand for the busy day ahead. The folks from TAN - through their Tahoe Area Nudesletter - and another interested citizen with his secretcove.org website conduct an education campaign to help ensure that fellow beach users protect the beach and be sensitive to all of the people who make their way down to the lakeshore. They strongly suggest: no lewd conduct, no drugs, no glass containers, no public intoxication, no fires and no littering. In other words, they remind people to use common sense to keep a heavily used resource as lovely as it can be.
NUDITY A NO-NO?
Don Lane, Supervisory Recreational Forester with the Forest Service for decades, says the Forest Service wants people to enjoy the area, but not love it to death. "It's a beautiful area, but also fragile. We've done a lot of trail work (and) taken out many tons of garbage over the years," he says. They developed several restrooms on the main trails to focus travel to the beach. And they encourage common sense. Lane says, "Take a moment and help us pick it up. We don't have the resources to do what needs to be done down there." Another recent problem on the beaches has been graffiti spray painted onto the spectacular granite boulders. A group of volunteers, with the support of local businesses, have held several Bonsai Beach Clean-Up days to painstakingly remove the graffiti from the rocks. The next step is to figure out how to keep the taggers from tagging. As to public nudity, there is no law against it on federal lands. While some say that it is illegal to be nude in public in the state of Nevada, Swanson said he couldn't find a statute that says it is.
The area is also under the jurisdiction of the county of Carson City, which does ban public nudity, but in practice, as long as people without clothes stay on the more remote beaches and off the trails, the sheriff 's office doesn't enforce it. Both Carson City and USFS do sometimes patrol the beach, but they are primarily interested in enforcing the glass container laws and looking for people intoxicated or using drugs in public.
A major issue for TAN, the Forest Service and those who regulate the use of the lake is the lack of adequate parking for beach-goers along Highway 28. In the past, several environmental groups have urged the elimination of parking on the road, and a shuttle bus service from Incline Village was recently created to afford access to Sand Harbor (which, by the way, is not one of the nude-friendly beaches).
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Crystal-clear waters are part of the allure of the off-thebeaten-path beaches on Lake Tahoe's east shore.
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LEARN MORE Tahoe Area Naturists is a small organization providing a newsletter with information on the east shore beaches. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. secretcove.org is a website which provides useful information on the east shore's clothing-optional beaches. You can also find information on future Bonzai Beach Cleanups on Facebook.
WHERE ARE THE BEACHES? East shore beaches include Hidden Beach and Sand Harbor, which are under the purview of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and a several-mile stretch of land from the Thunderbird Lodge to Whale Beach. North to south, you begin with Chimney Beach, then Secret Cove, Boaters Beach, Secret Harbor Creek Beach and Whale Beach. Sand Harbor is not clothing optional, and Chimney Beach has transitioned from mostly clothing optional to mostly clothed.
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Swanson believes that in a tourist community such as Tahoe, shuttles have never been successful. People want to drive to the beach and spend an hour or two in the sun, and not be tied to the time constraints and limited hours of a shuttle. TAN has been active in trying to encourage more parking, and to prevent the elimination of parking along the road. The TAN newsletter says that in November 2014, Nevada Transportation officials announced that they had located half of the $25 million needed for a major Highway 28 improvement project. It would include expanding the two small parking lots used by east shore beach-users in 2016. Also in the plan are off-highway pull-outs with limited time parking for photo takers, and transit stops along the road. If you are heading to the east shore beaches, you are advised to come early during the summer months, as the two small parking lots often fill up by 10 a.m. Once the lots are full, you face the more daunting challenge of finding a roadside parking spot. The stunningly beautiful beaches along the east shore are a unique resource. Not only are they part of the longest stretch of undeveloped lake frontage at Lake Tahoe, but for decades they have been a place where a live-and-let-live attitude among government agencies and the public, combined with a group of dedicated volunteers working to encourage proper use of the resource, have kept this area as a spectacular place to visit.
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NORTH SHORE/ TRUCKEE BURNT CEDAR BEACH:
Incline Village saves its beach space for residents, but there are day passes for guests. Sweeping paths meandering past restful benches, barbecues, the snack bar and heated pool. Outdoor tiki bar. Lakeshore Drive, 1.4 miles east of the Hyatt and Country Club Drive.
CARNELIAN BAY BEACH:
Between Gar Woods and Sierra Boat Co. on North Shore. Dogs legal. Restrooms, benches and footpaths. Mostly rocky beach, picnic tables available.
Highway 28, tucked away on Nevada’s East Shore, just east of Sand Harbor. Very limited roadside parking. Small parking lot as well for free parking. Accessed via hike down from highway. No public facilities. Barbecues available.
Playgrounds, soft green grass, miniclimbing wall, picnic tables, barbecues. No dedicated parking, no dogs allowed. Located directly east of the “Wye” intersection (Highways 28 and 89) on Highway 28 in downtown Tahoe City.
1 mile south of Homewood on Highway 89. Access is limited to foot or bicycle traffic only. No public parking.
Highway 28, tucked away on Nevada’s East Shore between Incline Village and Sand Harbor. Very limited roadside parking. Accessed via small hike along highway. No public facilities.
You’ll have the opposite of a dog day afternoon at our beaches, but be sure to double check to see if pooches are allowed.
HYATT REGENCY LAKE TAHOE: Private beach for hotel guests in Incline Village. Boat, jet ski and other rentals are accessible from Ski Beach and the Hyatt’s Beach.
Reserved for Incline Village residents, temporary renters or homeowner’s association. Day passes for guests. Outdoor tiki bar. Lakeshore Drive, just west of Ski Beach.
KINGS BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA:
On Highway 28 in Kings Beach on North Shore. A large, free sand beach with paid state parking ($10). Boat, jet ski and other rentals are available. Barbecue areas, kid’s park, and public restrooms.
LAKE FOREST BEACH:
At the foot of Bristlecone off Lake Forest Road 1.5 miles east of Tahoe City with picnic tables and fire pits.
MOON DUNE BEACH:
Highway 28, 2.5 miles South of Incline village. Tahoe’s most popular and perhaps most beautiful beach. Limited parking. Pay to park. There are no walk-ins or drop-offs allowed at the park. There is a transit service running regularly from Incline village Memorial Day to Labor Day. Go to tahoetransportation.org/transit/ eastshoreexpress for schedule information. Entrance fee. No roadside parking. No dogs.
At the end of Secline Street in Kings Beach, just south of the junction of Highway 267. Very limited parking, undeveloped rocky beach with access to lawn areas, picnic tables and fire pits.
Reserved for Incline Village residents. Day passes for guests. Boat ramp, barbecue areas, kids climbing structures, slides and swings and volleyball courts. Lakeshore Drive, across street from Hyatt.
Across from Rustic Cottages Motel in Tahoe Vista on the North Shore. Small sandy beach with picnic tables and fire pits. Roadside parking.
NORTH TAHOE BEACH:
Directly across from Safeway in Kings Beach. Some parking, grassy areas, volleyball court, picnic tables.
Off of Lake Forest Road 1/2 mile east of Tahoe City with picnic tables and fire pits. Stony beach. Also known as Bucks Beach. At the bottom of Speedboat Avenue, off of Highway 28 just past the Cal-Neva on the California side. Small sandy beach, very limited parking.
Small stony beach adjacent to Sierra Boat Co. Marina and the Kayak Cafe in Carnelian Bay. Limited parking, picnic tables. 40
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Highway 28 on the eastern edge of Tahoe City, adjacent to the Boatworks Mall, $5 to park.
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TAHOE VISTA RECREATION AREA:
Highway 28 at National Avenue, in Tahoe Vista. Picnic tables and fire pits, boat launch fee.
WEST END BEACH:
On the west end of Donner Lake in Truckee. Shaded picnic and barbecue areas for families. Free parking available along Old Highway 40.
WILLIAM KENT BEACH:
On Highway 89, 2.5 miles south of Tahoe City. Camping, picnic tables and fire pits, small sandy beach.
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From the “Y” of Highway 50 and 89, take 89 north about 3 miles. Beach is located about 1 mile north of Fallen Leaf Lake Road. North or South beach. Tallac Creek meets Lake Tahoe at North beach. No dogs.
Starting at the “Y” of Highway 50 and 89, take 89 about 2.5 miles north. Beach is located off Jameson Beach Road, adjacent to historic Camp Richardson resort, between Tahoe Keys and Emerald Bay. Marina for boat launch. Barbecue area.
CAVE ROCK BEACH:
Find this beach off Highway 50 on the southeast side of the lake, near Zephyr Cove. Public. Dogs are allowed in park, must be on a leash, not allowed in the beach area. Parking fee. Boat launch fee.
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South Lake Tahoe beach just north of Camp Richardson. From South Lake Tahoe head North at the “Y” onto Highway 89, about 3 miles to the entrance. Located just beyond the turnoff to Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historic Site road. Dogs allowed, but must be leashed. Public beach. No barbecues.
South Lake Tahoe. Members only, but that includes Park Avenue area hotels, motels and the casinos. No dogs. No fee. No barbecues. The water is not as clear on this part of the lake, due to the inflow of the upper Truckee River into the lake nearby.
While the beach is not new, the surrounding area has been redeveloped and now is a great place to see concerts on Thursday nights during the summer. There are numerous grills and a boat ramp. From the South Shore casinos just head to the beach.
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Big and windy, it’s 0.7 mile long and in some cases 300 yards wide, in Stateline on South Shore. Some camping nearby, and a favorite among kiteboarders. Fee to park.
South Lake Tahoe, first beach off Highway 89 as you head toward the West Shore. Excellent for families. There is a parking fee. No barbecues. No dogs.
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South Lake Tahoe, just west of El Dorado Beach. On Highway 50 in the center of South Lake Tahoe turn onto Lakeview Blvd. and follow to the entrance. More of a lakeside park than a traditional beach. Good place for a group picnic without all the sand.
ROUND HILL PINES/ LAKESIDE PARK:
South Shore, between Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove. Entrance is located on Highway 50 at the top of the hill (Round Mound) just east of Round Hill Square Shopping Center. More of a lakeside park than a traditional beach. Good place for a group picnic without all the sand.
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Explore Spooner Summit The Flume Trail, Marlette and Spooner Lakes, the star-studded night sky… Let us help you discover this Nevada State Park on Tahoe’s East Shore. Rent a bike or stay in one of our two backcountry cabins. Relax in peaceful privacy, accessible only by bike or on foot. Reservations for bikes and cabins recommended.
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Access is gained by parking 2.5 miles north of the junction of highway 50 and 28 at Spooner Summit, The is a green metal gate at the access road and limited free parking nearby.
Located near the Upper Truckee River and in the middle of the South Shore, this area is popular for its unique geography and landscape. Better place to hike and explore than lounge.
From Stateline, head east on Highway 50 for about 3 miles. Party beach with 1 mile of sand. No dogs allowed. There is a fee.
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INCLINE VILLAGE MOUNTAIN COURSE
690 Wilson Way, Incline Village 775-832-1146 | golfincline.com With spectacular green sites and contours, the Mountain Course demands more accuracy than distance. Shot making skills are necessary to navigate the terrain. A tribute to designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., the mountainous 18-hole course features challenging par 3s averaging over 150 yards and par 4s that challenge even the most proficient golfer.
INCLINE VILLAGE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE
955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village 775-832-1146 | golfincline.com Located in a sprawling mountain setting, this par-72 golf course stretches more than 6,900 yards from the blue tees, which carries a course rating of 72.2 with a slope of 133.
NORTH SHORE/ TRUCKEE COYOTE MOON
10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee 530-587-0886 | coyotemoongolf.com In a tranquil mountain setting above 6,300 feet, Coyote Moon is a majestic masterpiece designed by Brad Bell. The course is 250 secluded acres of rolling hills framed by towering pines without a home site or structure to spoil the view. The course cascades over a beautiful Sierra ridgeline, meandering among granite bluffs and around crystal clear Trout Creek.
GRAEAGLE MEADOWS GOLF COURSE
6934 Hwy 89, Graeagle, (Blairsden) 530-836-2323 | playgraeagle.com Challenging 18-hole championship golf course along the scenic Feather River surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Sierra. Graeagle Meadows Golf Course has a reputation for being one of the best in Northern California.
168 Basque Dr., Truckee 530-562-3290 | northstarattahoe.com Inspiring mountain and meadow views compliment this Robert Muir Graves championship course. Wide-open, links style play characterizes the front side while shot making is a premium on the back with its narrow, tree lined fairways, creeks and small greens. The 6,897 yards play tough with water on 15 holes and traps.
OLD BROCKWAY GOLF COURSE 7900 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 530-546-9909 | oldbrockway.com This North Lake Tahoe golf course was built in 1924 by Harry Comstock. Old Brockway meanders through towering Jeffrey pines with views of majestic mountains and Lake Tahoe. The charm and character of the Old Brockway remains the same today, much as it did in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1934, Old Brockway was the home of the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament.
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PONDEROSA GOLF COURSE
10040 Reynolds Way, Truckee 530-587-3501 | ponderosagolfcourse truckee.com North Tahoe’s best value is the nine-hole course in Truckee. Located just one mile south of downtown, this beautifully maintained course is managed. By the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. Fantastic views of the Pacific Crest and the Carson Range along with a snack bar, driving nets and chipping and putting greens. Rental clubs and a full retail shop are on site.
PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT
402 Poplar Valley Rd., Blairsden 530-836-1420 | plumaspinegolf.com As you approach the Plumas Pines Golf Resort, glimpses of green peek through the towering pine trees, hinting at what is to come. A 1980 Homer Flint designed golf course, Plumas Pines Golf Resort features 6,504 yards, par 72.
RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK
400 Squaw Creek Rd. Olympic Valley 530-581-6637 | squawcreek.com Nestled below the granite peaks of world
famous Squaw Valley USA, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design demands accurate play. The par 71 championship links layout winds along the valley floor through and around wetlands, providing awesome vistas as well as a severe test of target golf. Resort at Squaw Creek has received Audubon status as a certified cooperative sanctuary and one of Golf Magazine’s top 10 courses.
TAHOE CITY GOLF COURSE
251 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530-583-1516 | playtcgc.com Enjoy a view of Lake Tahoe from every hole at this nice course. Initially designed by May Webb Dunn in 1917, making it the oldest course in the Tahoe basin, the course is 5,261 yards. 12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee 530-587-9443 | tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner 18-hole Championship Golf Course is located high in the Sierra. Cradled among the towering pines, the course narrow fairways and numerous creeks place a strict demand on accuracy for a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. This semi-private course was designed by Roy Williams and Bill Bell Jr. and opened in 1975.
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EDGEWOOD TAHOE GOLF COURSE
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LAKE TAHOE GOLF COURSE
2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe 530-577-0788 | www.laketahoegc.com One of only two 18-hole championship courses on the South Shore, this mountain meadow layout provides spectacular views of nearby Mount Tallac and a challenging array of shots. Players can also spend ample time honing their games at the course’s expansive practice facilities.
TAHOE PARADISE GOLF COURSE 3021 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe 530-577-2121 | tahoeparadisegc.com This par-66, 4,034-yard executive course nestled in the Sierra challenges the player to make accurate shots. The scenic par-3 and par-4 holes are made up of rolling, pine-lined fairways, ensuring an enjoyable test of golf.
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R E C R E AT I O N We call Truckee-Tahoe the best playground in America for a reason, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 9 years old or 90 — you’re gonna have fun. From endless trailheads to mountain biking excursions to leisurely paddles atop stunningly clear waters to spiritual awakenings while practicing yoga on the beach to disc golfing your heart out, to … well, we think you get the picture. In fact, we’ll take it a step further and dare you to not have the best time of your life.
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Mountain biker Sean Aaron catches some air on one of Lower Corral Trail's in 2014.
GETTING THERE The parking area for the Corral trail is located on Fountain Place Road in South Lake Tahoe. To get there, take Pioneer Trail to Oneidas Street. Turn onto Oneidas and follow the road uphill. The parking area is on your left, about a mile from Pioneer Trail.
Mountain biking hub Recent improvements put South Shore's Corral Trail among favorites throughout region BY ADAM JENSEN
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on South Shore's Lower Corral Trail, two new sights come into view, both of which have been putting smiles on mountain bikers' faces for the past year. To the right, a series of swooping berm turns urges mountain bike riders to test their ability to get horizontal. To the left, a sequence of tabletop jumps gives riders plenty of options to get vertical. About 30 new terrain features debuted at the popular Lake Tahoe trail in June 2014 following efforts by hundreds of volunteers, the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and Hilride Progression Development Group. The recent trail work has received national attention, with mentions in Bike Magazine and the Huffington Post, for its environmental benefits and unique features that mountain bikers love. All of the features are designed to be enjoyable for all ability levels while encouraging riders to learn new skills. "It's got a little bit of something for everybody," said Garrett Villanueva, an assistant forest engineer with the Forest Service who worked on the project. The approximately half dozen new tabletop jumps can all be rolled over but can also be jumped in rhythm, allowing for mountain bike riders with a variety of skill levels to use the jumps. The berm turns are plenty of fun even if a rider isn't experimenting with g-forces. Both options, which branch from the main Lower Corral Trail, feed into another series of hipped turns before shooting riders out toward the trail's main parking lot. The new jump line on South Shore's Lower Corral Trail is shown.
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The Corral Trail parking lot is often full, with dozens of people lapping the new features. Plenty of smiles graced dirty faces, and at least one exclamation of "sick" could be heard through the trees during a ride last summer. From the parking lot, it's an approximately twomile paved pedal to the top of Corral Trail. The trip up includes some steep sections, and many people prefer to shuttle the trail using a vehicle. Both Upper Corral Trail and Sidewinder Trail feed into Lower Corral Trail and the new features. Upper Corral Trail is steep and difficult, requiring advanced riding skills, while Sidewinder is more moderate, featuring a series of tight, banked tuns through the forest. The variety and convenience found in the trail network are among the reasons for its popularity.
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MOUNTAIN BIKING AT LAKE TAHOE Take a look at a few more options for tackling some single track around the lake:
TAHOE RIM TRAIL
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 165 miles Difficulty: Moderate to advanced Trailhead: To get to the Tahoe City north entrance of the trail turn off State Route 89 onto Fairway Drive and head 0.2 miles west of State Route 28. The trail begins near the roadside and has lot parking by the community center. Nearest city: Tahoe City Description: With scenic vistas, mountain passes and more than 80 miles off mountain bike single track the Tahoe Rim Trail is by the far the signature trail of Tahoe. However, not all of the California-Nevada traversing trail is only open to mountain bikes all the time. For a complete listing of trailheads and where mountain bikes can ride, check the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at www.tahoerimtrail.org.
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A mountain biker rides through a series of newly built berm turns on South Shore's Lower Corral Trail. PHOTO: ADAM JENSEN
Additional features may also be built on Lower Corral this summer, depending on the availability of funding. "Corral Trail is one of the most accessible and popular mountain bike trails in Tahoe for locals and visitors," according to the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association. "The trail is suitable for everyone from beginners to expert riders. The trailhead also serves as a hub of the mountain bike community, close to the largest population center in Tahoe." In addition to possible additional work on Lower Corral, the new 4.5-mile Kingsbury Stinger Trail is expected to start construction this summer. The trail will continue to intersect with the Tahoe Rim Trail via Andria Drive in the upper Kingsbury area at the South Shore and will finish near Echo Drive above U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline, according to TAMBA. The new Snap Dragon Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, on Lake Tahoe's East Shore, is also expected to be finished this summer.
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 9 miles Difficulty: Advanced Trailhead: Take the Boreal Ridge Road/Castle Peak exit off Highway 80 and turn right onto Castle Valley Road. Park at the end of the pavement and then ride your bike 1.5 miles to the trailhead, which will be on your left. Nearest city: Truckee Description: This trail is a mix off alpine views and steep, technical terrain. There aren't many bailout options on this trail, so extra water and energy bars are a good bet.
Description: Not a Tahoe trail, but one that's so close and so nationally renowned it's worth the drive up. This trail brings thousands to its rocky and rooty slopes each year. Riders should prepare themselves to drop 4,200 feet in a rip-roaring 14 miles.
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 22 miles Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Nevada State Park, Spooner Lake day use area Nearest city: Incline Village Description: For those adventurous riders looking for a trail that's truly Tahoe, the Flume Trail is one off the most touted trails in the region for its lake-gazing views and its wealth of snaking trail. Riders enjoy cliff-side panoramas as they skirt this cherished Tahoe trademark.
MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE
Trail type: All-mountain Length: 20 miles Difficulty: Advanced Trailhead: The trail is located at the Big Meadow parking area off of State Route 89 and Luther Pass near South Lake Tahoe. Nearest city: South Lake Tahoe Description: A Tahoe technical feast with more than 3,200 feet of climbing across 20 miles off terrain. This "wild ride" was given its name from the smatterings of boulder fields and roots embedded in the trail.
Trail type: Downhill Length: 1.8 miles Difficulty: Advanced Trailhead: Northstar California Nearest city: Truckee Description: Northstar's mountain bike park is unlike any in the nation, as it is host to some of the best downhill mountain bike trails in the country. Live Wire is the resort's flagship trail. Some of its features include tabletops, doubles, berms and, most notably, a fully irrigated trail system with sprinkler heads every 20 feet to knock down the dust.
Trail type: Downhill Length: 17 miles Difficulty: Advanced Trailhead: Packer Saddle is the official starting point. To get there your best bet is to take a shuttle from one off the shuttle services in town such as Yuba Expeditions. Nearest city: Downieville PHOTO: DYLAN SILVER
TAHOE CITY CROSS COUNTRY CENTER
Trail type: Cross-country Length: More than 40 miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate Trailhead: Heading away from Tahoe City, northeast on State Route 28, turn left on Fabian Way and then take the next right onto Village Road. Follow Village Road and make one final left onto Country Club drive to see the parking area on your left. Nearest city: Tahoe City Description: A great trail for novices to bite into or for the hardened cross-country riders to hone speed skills. These collections offer a variety of terrain and single-track and are a great way to play in the dirt while still having easy access to Tahoe City's downtown amenities.
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 15 miles Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: From Truckee get on State Route 89 north. Head about 4.5 miles to the U.S. Forest Service facility called Donner Camp Picnic Area that will be on the right side off the road. Nearest city: Truckee Description: This is an easy trail where riders will enjoy views off sagebrush and meadows as they dart through a canopy off Jeffrey pine.
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POWER LINE LOOP TRAIL
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 15 miles Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Various points off Pioneer Trail Nearest city: South Lake Tahoe Description: This ride unveils scenic back drops over narrow carpet of terra firma. The trail is entirely singletrack, unless you wish to connect back for a loop on the paved Pioneer Trail.
ANGORA RIDGE TRAIL
Trail type: Cross-country Length: 10 miles Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Beginning in South Lake Tahoe, take State Route 89 north to Fallen Leaf Lake Road, turn left onto Tahoe Mountain Road, turn left again and head uphill until you reach Angora Ridge Road. Nearest city: South Lake Tahoe Description: More singletrack is on the menu with this favored South Shore run. Typical of Tahoe trails, the Angora Ridge trail shows off yet another impressive display off scenery starting from its trailhead on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Views include Mount Tallac, Fallen Leaf Lake and the Upper Truckee River Basin. PHOTO: XXXXXX
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Working in his home garage, Garret Villanueva builds wooden standup paddleboards for his company â€” Sawyer Wooden Board Company. LEFT: Garrett Villanueva arranges the ribs of a paddleboard in his home shop.
To build a board South Shore craftsman turns paddleboards into artistry STORY & PHOTOS BY DYLAN SILVER
of the Tahoe Queen rumbled past, Garrett Villanueva took off. He paddled hard, trailing the big boat by 50 feet. Passengers stood on the back and stared. Positioned perfectly, Villanueva locked into one of the Queen's rolling three-foot wakes. He shoots forward, surfing the standing wave. He lifts his paddle and the shining wooden board beneath his feet glides ahead as if propelled by perfect design. It's these moments of balance Villanueva has spent hundreds of hours blueprinting, sawing, gluing, planing and sanding for. Villanueva has been building wooden stand-up paddleboards in his garage for more than five years now. Under the business name Sawyer Wooden Board Company, the tedious process has become more than a hobby. His handmade designs sell for thousands. But the perfection of the craft hasn't come without sacrifice.
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In his South Lake Tahoe home shop in mid winter, Villanueva rummaged through a stack of glued and sanded panels that will someday be the decks of boards. Bikes, skis and skateboards hung on the wall, collecting dust. Neighborhood children and Villanueva's own two youngsters ran around the dead-end street in front of his garage. "There are some basic things you have to get right," Villanueva said. "Or you're going to build a pig and it's going to feel like a log in the water." The skeleton of a board lay on the building table. He set a long slender panel on top and began eyeing its fit. Each board can take Villanueva up to 400 hours to build. Some nights he'll be in the shop until 2 a.m. "If you get deep into glassing, you kind of need to keep that going," he said. "It's kind of like concrete. You've got to do the whole slab. You don't really want to do just parts." The boards are built primarily from reclaimed redwood with stringers of teak, basswood, purpleheart and other exotic woods. Villanueva coats the inside and the outside with fiberglass or carbon fiber and epoxy resin, which adds resilience. He then polishes them until they shine like a mirror. Each board is unique and each is meant to last a lifetime.
"Garrett is amazingly accomplished for someone who hasn't always been in the industry," said South Lake Tahoe friend, paddler and fellow woodworker Tom Gandt. "His abilities would rival a lot of shapers out there, and he's very creative." Villanueva has always been passionate about woodworking. He honed his abilities by building his home in South Lake Tahoe. After building a couple wooden surfboards, he discovered stand-up paddling. When he bought a paddleboard, Villanueva began to understand more about what he was looking for. He wanted a board that would ride well in all conditions and last longer than the typical foam and fiberglass models on the market. He set out to build one. He experimented with different woods. He modeled boards using computer software. He learned about water lines, hull designs and hydrodynamics. He scribbled pages and pages of notes. "I spent probably as much time as it would take to get a master's degree learning how to build these things over the years," he said. He found that wood added new properties to paddleboards. His boards were stiff and strong. They were ultimately beautiful and, on the water, they just sang.
â€œ I ALMOST FEEL LIKE THEY'RE ALIVE ON THE WATER SOMETIMES.â€? GARRETT VILLANUEVA
Garrett Villanueva cruises on one of his handcrafted paddleboards at Zephyr Cove.
"I almost feel like they're alive on the water sometimes," Villanueva said with a modest smile. "The sounds that they make, the way they feel and the way they behave on the water is really cool." He met other Lake Tahoe builders and started working in the shop of South Lake Tahoe's Paradise Woodworks. "There's some amazing talent in our town. There are some really passionate people, and people that just want to build cool stuff," he said. "That's what I'm after is just to try to build the coolest thing I can you know, a piece of art. As his skills progressed, Villanueva found a market for the boards. He started selling them to customers as far away as Michigan. With the high quality materials and the hundreds of labor hours, the retail cost was not cheap. Some Sawyer boards are priced at $18,000. The price tag represents a lot. It's hundreds of hours that he won't be skiing, biking or paddling. It's vacations that he will miss. It's time he won't get to spend with his son and daughter. To him, each board is a piece of his life. And Villanueva knows he'll only have so much time to make so many boards. In part, he likes it that way. "I've got little kids and I do have another job. This is definitely a passion, but it kind of took off on me," he said. "Last year, I decided to slow down and hang out with my kids more. Now, I'm getting started and I hope to balance everything a little better."
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Get up, stand up 10 of the region's best paddleboard trips STORY & PHOTOS BY DYLAN SILVER
BALDWIN BEACH TO EMERALD BAY - 2.5 MILES - 4 MILES
Lake Tahoe's largest bay is kind of the ultimate standup paddle destination. Cruising by Fannette Island on a glassy day is a one-ofa-kind experience. Baldwin is the closest and easiest launch point on the South Shore. If you really feel like an adventure, pack your wet bags and stay for a night at the boat-in campground.
LAKEVIEW COMMONS TO UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER MARSH - 1.31 MILES
This mellow tour is a staple of South Shore paddlers. In the spring, the marsh is a maze of waterways and is filled with birds. When there's enough water, paddling up the Upper Truckee isn't too difficult and can provide some extra mileage - if you're looking for more of a workout.
TAHOE KEYS TO CAMP RICHARDSON - 1.5 MILES
Another South Shore regular is the trip over to Camp Richardson. Along the way, there are tons of beach stops to make. When you arrive, grab a cold drink at the Beacon Bar & Grill and take a stroll around the peaceful grounds of the Tallac Historic Site
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ZEPHYR COVE TO CAVE ROCK - 4 MILES
A little more technical than the sandy South Shore paddles, a trip from Zephyr Cove to Cave Rock will take you around rocky points and past several small neighborhoods. Other than a couple rocky islands, there aren't a ton of landing spots, so bring some snacks and water.
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KINGS BEACH TO INCLINE VILLAGE - 6 MILES
Traverse two states and round the massive Stateline Point, marked by the iconic tower of the Cal Neva Resort, on this longer tour. The paddle offers a glimpse at a lot of shoreline that's closed to public access and hard to see from the road. The distance can vary as there are many spots to take off from or land on.
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1 Klean Kanteen Insulated Bottle Like much of Northern California, Lake Tahoe is one of those places where bottled water is irrelevant. The area's tap water is tasty, clean and cold. To keep it that way, you'll need a solid vestibule. Klean Kanteen's new vacuum-insulated bottles are tough, stylish, and will keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours. Available at New Moon Natural Foods, 505 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-7426
2 Lake Tahoe Basin Adventure Map Sure, you've got your iPhone. That will work great until it doesn't, which is often in the mountains. Having a hard copy of a map when you're out in the wilderness or if you're looking for new spots to check out will save you a lot of squinting and electronic headache. Available at Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, 530-536-5200 3 TahoeMade Desolation Camper Hat If you want to look like a local, wear what locals wear. TahoeMade has made a splash in the Tahoe area with its mountain chic apparel, often branded with the undeniable outline of the lake itself. Its newest line is a series of tops and hats under the banner of Desolation Supply Co. Available at Adrift Tahoe, 8338 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 530-546-4112
4 Black Diamond Voyager Lantern Whether it's those late nights on the beach or a midnight climb to the top of Mount Tallac, you'll need a good source of light. Both a lantern and a flashlight, the Voyager is every night adventurer's dream. Come daylight, the lantern collapses into an easily packable size. Available at The Backcountry, 11400 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 530-581-5861 5 Chaco Outcross Evo 1 If there's one piece of gear that's crucial at Lake Tahoe, it's footwear that can do it all. From standup paddling to hiking, Chaco's new Outcross Evo line is versatile enough for the area's many activities. The three styles transition from a closed construction to a more open model geared toward water sports. Available at Granite Chief, 11368 Donner Pass Road., Truckee, 530-587-2809
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6 Revo Huddie Sunglasses A comfortable and quality pair of polarized shades adds to the experience of being out on the lake or in the mountains. Revo's lenses are designed to block intense glare that can be reflected off the water's surface or off the bright white granite. They also protect eyes from 100 percent of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Available at Sunglass Hut, 1001 Heavenly Village Way, Suite 2A, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-3776 7 Fishpond Westwater Roll Top backpack Sometimes the urge to go swimming is spontaneous and uncontrollable. Or, sometimes, you just fall in. Aimed at flyfishermen, Fishpond's rugged waterproof pack is the perfect size to keep all your beach or boat gear safe and dry. For those that pack light, it could definitely work for overnight amphibious adventures. Available at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-8208
8 Patagonia Long Haul Western Shirt You don't have to be a cowboy to wear Patagonia's stylish Long Haul Western shirt. In fact, it's probably better if you're not. Designed for trail running, the ultra lightweight top is made with odorresistant Polygiene fabric. Skip the shower and saddle up for dinner, partner. Available at Patagonia at Heavenly, 1001 Heavenly Way, Suite 16, South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-3385 9 Marmot Force 2P A backpacker's speed almost always correlates directly to the weight of his or her backpack. A tent is often the heaviest item in said pack. Marmot's Force aims to change that. At just under 3 pounds, the three-season shelter doesn't sacrifice space to cut ounces. The mesh roof is perfect for stargazing, too. Available at Lake of the Sky Outfitters, 1023 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-1027
10 Tahoe Trail Bar Tahoe Trail bar has turned trail food into an art form. The blend of oats, brown rice syrup, coconut, chocolate, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and more looks like an edible Picasso to a hungry hiker. Need more convincing? The company's ambassador page reads like a who's who list of Tahoe adventure athletes. Available at Grassroots Natural Foods, 2030 Dunlap Drive, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-7788
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1 LOWA Vantage GTX For stomping through spring runoff and over muddy trails, a comfortable waterproof boot is a must. LOWA's footwear is handmade in Germany and has been for more than 90 years. The Vantage features a split-leather and Cordura upper and a Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry and warm in varied conditions. Available at Alpenglow, 415 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, 530-583-6917 2 Honey Stinger Strawberry Waffle There is a lot of garbage labeled as energy food and drink out there. Honey Stinger is above and beyond that toxic waste colored, sugar-laden mess. The Coloradobased company makes their products with real organic honey and other organic ingredients.
The result is a burst of quick energy that tastes great and won't sting you later. Available at New Moon Natural Foods, 505 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530-583-7426 3 Yeti Hopper 20 Don't confuse the Yeti with a clunky, plastic box cooler. Actually, how could you? With a rugged and flexible Dryhide shell construction and a convenient size, the new Hopper 20 will carry a 12-pack to the beach, to the golf course, or down the river. Good luck choosing a beer that deserves a cooler this nice. Available at North Shore Ace Hardware, 200 Secline St., Kings Beach, 530-546-3505
4 Osprey AG Aura 65 Backpack Chosen by the editor's at Outdoor Gear Lab as the top women's pack, Osprey's Aura 65 is light enough for a one-nighter, but can hold enough for a 165-mile throughhike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Features include Osprey's Anti-Gravity mesh back panel, a new suspension system, heavy-duty nylon construction and enough pockets to hold an alphabet of gear. Available at Helly Hansen, 5001 Northstar Drive, Suite 5111, Truckee, 530-562-1851 5 Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed For tossers and turners, a traditional mummy sleeping bag can feel more like a straightjacket. Sierra Designs developed the answer: the backcountry bed with a comforter-style top layer. Featuring a completely zipperless construction, the beds allow you to roll over and over to your hearts content. Without any metal, they're also really light. Available at Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 530-536-5200
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6 STIO Azura Jacket The boom in puffy jackets wasn't a random occurrence. People love puffies because they're functional and really comfortable. STIO's Azura is a clean cut, quilted top that will keep you warm through Tahoe's winter days or summer nights. The synthetic Primaloft insulation works even when it's wet so don't worry about those random summer thunderstorms. Available at stio.com 8 Todd Borg's Tahoe Ghost Boat Borg's murder mysteries are based around the adventures of fictional hero Owen McKenna and always feature familiar Lake Tahoe landmarks. The plots are filled with action and the characters ring of the area's notorious personalities. Past works have won several awards and Owen McKenna has his own signature omelet at Red Hut. Available at Camp Richardson General Store, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-1801
7 Bakpocket Products Adventurers Hammock With an average 300 days of sun, a hammock is often all you'll need to sleep in the Basin's backcountry. South Lake Tahoe's Bakpocket Products has refined the basic hanging sleep system with a sleeping pad pocket and a pillow pocket. The smart new design is great for a night out or a quick nap at the beach. Available at Sports LTD, 4008 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-4000 10 GSI Infinity Backpacker Mug A good cup is like a good friend: unbreakable, ready to go anywhere and always holding a beer for you. It won't refill itself, but GSI's mugs are top of the line. With a new insulating sleeve, the Infinity is lightweight and sealable. And there's nothing wrong with taking this friend everywhere. Available at Lake of the Sky Outfitters, 1023 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-1027
9 Ruffwear Palisades Pack One cardinal rule of backpacking is that everyone should carry a fair share of food. That goes for Fido, too. Ruffwear's Palisades Pack will take some of the weight off your back and put it on your pup's. With removable saddle bags and a solid harness system, the pack is safe for water crossings and evenly distributes weight. Available at Dog Dog Cat, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite C-17, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-2322
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2500 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City 530-583-5544 Launch all trailer able boats, parking for vehicle with trailer only.
MEEKS BAY RESORT & MARINA
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(BOAT RAMP CLOSED FOR 2015 SUMMER DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS) Highway 28 at National Ave., Tahoe Vista 530-546-4212 Launching of all trailer able boats, picnic area, kayaks and paddleboards available.
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7360 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 530-546-8248 | northtahoemarina.com Fuel, moorings, slip, storage, fishing charters, rescue vessel, no launching.
OBEXER’S BOAT CO.
5300 West Lake Blvd., Homewood 530-525-7962 | www.obexersboat.com Fuel, moorings, slips, storage, launch, lift.
(BOAT RAMP CLOSED FOR 2015 SUMMER DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS) Highway 28, two miles south of Incline Village 775-831-0494 Launching of all trailered boats, restrooms, picnic areas, beach.
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WEST SHORE SPORTS
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1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530-583-7417 | highsierrawaterskiing.com
MEEKS BAY RESORT & MARINA
7941 Emerald Bay Road, Meeks Bay 530-525-6946 | meeksbayresort.com
NORTH TAHOE CRUISES/ TAHOE GAL LIGHTHOUSE SHOPPING CENTER
850 North Lake Blvd. No. 22, Tahoe City 530-583-0141 | tahoegal.com Breakfast, scenic shoreline, cocktail and dinner/dance cruises. Private charters up to 150. Weddings. Reservations suggested.
TAHOE SAILING CHARTERS
700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530-583-6200 | tahoesail.com Daily sailing and sunset cruises. Emerald Bay Sunday brunch cruises depart from Tahoe City Marina from May-October. Private charters also available.
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PARASAILING ACTION WATERSPORTS 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Timber Cove Marina, South Lake Tahoe 530-541-4386
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ZEPHYR COVE MARINA
760 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove 775-589-4908
NORTH TAHOE WATER SPORTS 8324 North Lake Blvd. Kings Beach 530-546-9253
KINGS BEACH AQUA SPORTS 8324 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 530-546-2782
8623 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
NORTH SHORE PARASAIL
8290 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 530-546-7698
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES LAKE TAHOE BALLOONS
2013 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530-544-4004 Operates year round with lake flights from May through September, and Carson Valley flights operating approximately October through April. Reservations are necessary and accepted up to one day in advance, based on availability. All flights are weather-permitting.
Interested in floating the river this summer? Give these companies a call for more information. NOTE: Water flows will be challenged due to the Western drought, and rafting may not be available; call each business ahead of time.
TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING COMPANY
185 River Road, Tahoe City 530-583-0123 Self guided, five-mile float down the Truckee River.
MOUNTAIN AIR SPORTS TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING
175 River Road, Tahoe City 530-583-1111 Self guided, five-mile float down the Truckee River. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, the Truckee River does offer more intense rafting adventures and some whitewater tours. Call the below options for more information.
TAHOE WHITEWATER TOURS 10124 East St., Truckee 530-587-5777 | gowhitewater.com
TRIBUTARY WHITEWATER TOURS 11368 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 800-672-3846 | whitewatertours.com
IRIE RAFTING COMPANY
11253 Brockway Road Ste 103, Truckee 530-582-4900 | raftirie.com Whitewater Rafting - Truckee and American Rivers.
SOUTH SHORE ACTION WATER SPORTS 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Timber Cove Marina, South Lake Tahoe 530-544-5387
BLEU WAVE CHARTER
760 US 50, Zephyr Cove Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina 866-413-0985 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMP RICHARDSON RESORT & MARINA
1900 Jameson Beach Road Highway 89, 2.5 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, CA 800-544-1801 | camprichardson.com
CAVE ROCK STATE PARK
Highway 50, north of Zephyr Cove, NV 775-831-0494 | 775-588-7975 Boat ramp and launch facility only
ROUND HILL PINES BEACH & MARINA - H2O SPORTS
Highway 50 at Round Hill, Zephyr Cove 775-588-4155 | rhpbeach.com
SKI RUN BOAT COMPANY 900 Ski Run Blvd. Ste. 101 South Lake Tahoe, in Ski Run Marina 530-544-0200
SKI RUN MARINA
900 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530-544-9500
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE RECREATION AREA BOAT RAMP AND PARKING (BOAT RAMP CLOSED FOR 2015 SUMMER DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS) Lakeview Avenue, off US Highway 50, Stateline 530-542-6055
TAHOE KEYS MARINA
ECHO LAKE CHALET
Off US Highway 50, 2435 Venice Drive, South Lake Tahoe 530-544-9500
FALLEN LEAF LAKE MARINA
TAHOE QUEEN - LAKE TAHOE CRUISES
9900 Echo Lakes Road, Echo Lake 530-659-7207 400 Fallen Leaf Road, South Lake Tahoe 530-544-2628 | fallenleafhouse.com
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Timber Cove Marina, South Lake Tahoe 530-544-2011 | KayakTahoe.com
2435 Venice Drive East, South Lake Tahoe 530-545-1223 | tahoeboatrides.com
LAKE TAHOE YACHT CHARTERS
THE TAHOE STAR
260 Beach Drive, South Lake Tahoe 530-541-0248 | partyboatlaketahoe.com
4041 Lakeshore Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530-541-6626
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530-544-2942
M.S. DIXIE II PADDLEWHEELER
ZEPHYR COVE MARINA
760 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove 800-23-TAHOE | 530-543-6191
THE BEACH RETREAT offers 262 rooms, two restaurants, unending views and a staff that cares about your experience first. On seven acres right on the Lake, enjoy seasonal activities, a marina, a 1,000 ft. Pier, fire-pits, and live music. The perfect spot for small or large meetings, weddings, celebrations or just to get away and lose yourself at the Lake.
(CRUISE MAY NOT BE OPERATIONAL DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS; CALL IN ADVANCE) 900 Ski Run Blvd., Zephyr Cove 888-439-5023 | 530-541-3364
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Timber Cove Marina, South Lake Tahoe 530-541-7245
LAKE TAHOE BOAT RIDES
of recreation and relaxation.
TIMBER COVE MARINA
760 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove 775-589-3833
For large meetings, Special Events or celebrations, contact Lori Cramer at email@example.com or call 530.545.4328
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NORTH SHORE & TRUCKEE 1 ALPINE MEADOWS STABLES (530) 583-3905, 355 Alpine Meadows Rd., Tahoe City, CA
2 NORTHSTAR STABLES (530) 562-2480, Northstar California, Truckee, CA
3 TAHOE DONNER EQUESTRIAN CENTER (530) 587-9470 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee, CA
SOUTH SHORE 4 CAMP RICHARDSON CORRAL (530) 541-3113, 4 Emerald Bay Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 8
Alpine Meadows •
Alpine Meadows •
Squaw Valley •
5 CASCADE STABLES (530) 541-2055 2199 Cascade Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
6 ZEPHYR COVE STABLES (775) 588-5664 Hwy 50, Zephry Cove, NV
PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
NORTH SHORE & TRUCKEE
1 CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE (775) 832-1303, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, NV
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12 • Tahoe Pines
26 27 • Sunnyside • Tahoe Tavern
Carnelian Bay •
Carnelian Bay•• Agate Bay
Agate Bay •
• Dollar Point
• Lake Forest
• Lake 13 Forest • Dollar Point
Cedar Flat •
Cedar Flat •
Tahoe City •• Tahoe 25 Tavern 28
Tahoe City9 •
Pineland • Timberland •
• Sierra Meadows • Lahonton
• Sierra Meadows
• Glenshire / Devonshire
• Glenshire / Devonshire
• Crystal Bay
• Crystal Bay
•3 Kings Beach
• Kings Beach
• Tahoe Vista
•22 Tahoe Vista
• Olympic Heights
1 2 1
• Incline Village
3 • Incline Village
FA S T S FA C T
Squaw Valley •
• Tahoe Donner
• Olympic Heights
• Prosser Lakeview
• Prosser Lakeview 6
• Tahoe Donner
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8 RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK (530) 581-6300, 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Squaw Valley, CA 9 TAHOE CITY (530) 584-2200, 251 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
• Tahoe Valley
7 PONDEROSA (530) 587-3501, 10040 Reynold Wy., Truckee, CA
• Tahoe Valley
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Rubicon Bay •
Rubicon Bay •
Meeks Bay •
6 OLD GREENWOOD (530) 582-6781, 13051 Fairway Dr., Truckee, CA
SOUTH SHORE 11 BIJOU (530) 542-6097, 3464 Fairway Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 12 EDGEWOOD TAHOE (775) 588-3042, Hwy 50 & Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV 13 LAKE TAHOE GOLF COURSE (530) 577-0788, 2500 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 14 TAHOE PARADISE GOLF COURSE (530) 577-2121 3021 U.S Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA
CAMPGROUNDS NORTH SHORE & TRUCKEE 1 ANNIE MCCLOUD (530) 994-3401 2 BOCA (530) 587-9281 3 BOCA REST (530) 587-3558
21 SAGEHEN CREEK (530) 587-3558 22 SANDY BEACH (530) 546-7682 23 SILVER CREEK (530) 587-3558
Meeks Bay •
5 OLD BROCKWAY, (530) 546-9909 Hwy 267 & Hwy 28, Kings Beach, CA
19 MT. ROSE (775) 882-2766 20 PROSSER (530) 587-3558
• Tahoe Keys
Camp • Tahoe Keys Richardson18 21
California California 24
• Tahoma • Chambers Landing
24 • Tahoma
4 NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA (530) 562-3290
PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS & RENTALS
• Stateline 15
15 Lake South 11 Tahoe South Lake 11 Tahoe
• Stateline 12
• Lake Village • Round•Hill Village Kingsbury • Lake Village 20 16
Zephyr Cove •
Zephyr Cove •
37 34 16 12 37 34
• Zephyr Heights 39
19• Round Hill Village • Zephyr Heights
• Skyland 39
• Skyland • Lakeridge
• Cave Rock 12
• Lakeridge • Cave Rock
• Logan Creek
• Logan Creek
• Glenbrook • Chambers Landing 5
Tahoe Pines • Homewood •
3 MOUNTAIN COURSE (775) 832-1150, 690 Wilson Way, Incline Village, NV
39 ZEPHYR COVE (775) 588-6644
4 BOCA SPRING (530) 587-3558 10 TAHOE DONNER, (530) 587-9443, 12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA
2 COYOTE MOON, (530) 587-0886, 10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA
38 TAHOE VALLEY (530) 541-2222
5 BOYINGTON MILL (530) 587-3558 6 COACHLAND RV PARK (530) 587-3071 7 DAVIS CREEK (775) 849-0684 8 D. L. BLISS STATE PARK (530) 525-7277 9 DONNER LAKE MEMORIAL PARK 530) 582-7894
24 SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK: General Creek and Group Camping (530) 525-7982 25 TAHOE DONNER (530) 587-9462 26 TAHOE PINES (530) 577-1653 27 TAHOE STATE RECREATION AREA (530) 583-3074 28 WILLIAM KENT (530) 583-3642
10 GOOSE MEADOWS (530) 587-3558
11 GRANITE FLAT (530) 587-3558
30 CAMPGROUND BY THE LAKE (530) 542-6092
12 KASPIAN (530) 583-3642 13 LAKE FOREST (530) 581-4017 14 LAKESIDE (530) 587-3558 15 LOGGER (530) 587-3558 16 MARTIS CREEK (530) 587-8113
29 BAYVIEW (530) 544-0426
31 CAMP RICHARDSON (530) 541-1801 32 CAMP SHELLY (925) 373-5700 33 EMERALD BAY BOAT (530) 541-3030
NORTH SHORE & TRUCKEE 1 BOCA RESERVOIR BOAT RAMP (530) 587-3558 2 DONNER LAKE BOAT RAMP (530) 582-7700 3 KINGS BEACH BOAT RAMP (530) 546-4212 4 MEEKS BAY MARINA (530) 525-6946 5 OBEXER’S BOAT CO. (530) 525-7962 6 PROSSOR CREEK RESERVOIR BOAT RAMPS (530) 587-3558 7 SAND HARBOR STATE PARK BOAT RAMP (775) 831-0494 8 STAMPEDE RESERVOIR BOAT RAMP (530) 587-3558 9 LAKE FOREST BOAT RAMP (530) 583-3796 ext. 29 10 TAHOE VISTA BOAT RAMP (530) 546-4212 SOUTH SHORE 11 CAMP RICHARDSON MARINA (530) 542-6570 Available to mooring and lodging customers only
17 MEEKS BAY (530) 544-5994
34 EMERALD BAY / LOWER EAGLE POINT (530) 541-3030
18 MEEKS BAY RESORT & MARINA (530) 525-6946
35 EMERALD BAY / UPPER EAGLE POINT (530) 541-3030
13 EL DORADO BEACH BOAT RAMP (530) 542-6055
36 FALLEN LEAF (530) 544-0426
14 FALLEN LEAF MARINA (530) 544-0787
37 NEVADA BEACH (775) 588-5562
15 LAKESIDE MARINA (530) 541-6626 16 ROUND HILL PINES BEACH & MARINA (775) 588-3055 17 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE RECREATION BOAT RAMP (530) 542-6055 18 TAHOE KEYS MARINA (530) 544-8888 19 ZEPHYR COVE MARINA (775) 588-3833 20 BLEU WAVE CHARTER (775) 588-9283 21 LAKE TAHOE BOAT RIDES (530) 545-1223 22 LAKE TAHOE YACHT CHARTERS (530) 541-0248 23 M.S. DIXIE II PADDLEWHEELER (775) 589-4906 24 ACTION WATERSPORTS (530) 525-5588 25 COPE & MCPHETRES MARINE (530) 581-2066 26 NORTH TAHOE CRUISES/TAHOE GAL (800) 218-2464 27 TAHOE SAILING CHARTERS (530) 583-6200 PLEASE NOTE: Due to low water levels, some of the boat launch ramps and other amenities listed here may be closed this summer, or offering limited operations. Call ahead of time before planning any outing.
12 CAVE ROCK BOAT RAMP (775) 831-0494
TIME AND PLACE UNDER LAKE TAHOE’S SURFACE, AND ABOVE, EXPERTS SAY CLIMATE CHANGE
W H E R E W E H AV E N ’ T AND INCREASING POPULATIONS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE THEIR TOLL
BEEN BEFORE by Matthew Renda
Scientists say a bevy of factors are leading to more and more adverse impacts on Tahoe's waters. 70
LAKE TA H O E CLARITY
For years, the health of Lake Tahoe was best understood by means of an annual dropping of a white disk - known as a Secchi disk - in the middle of the lake and measuring the depth at which it could still be seen. While some have whispered that the annual ritual had more to do with aesthetics or optics rather than gaining a substantive science-based picture of Tahoe’s health, others assert the decline in lake clarity - which has diminished from 100 feet in 1968 to about 78 feet in 2014 (the most recent available data) - is a critical indicator in analyzing the health of North America’s largest alpine lake. Nevertheless, aside from fluctuations in clarity decline, scientists have developed a broader kit of tools to study different aspects of the lake. And they have a renewed focus on nearshore conditions as anecdotal evidence points to an increase in algae accumulation on submerged rocks. Recent studies also concentrate on nutrient cycling, which has an impact on biota and Tahoe species’ food web. Finally, the research community has essayed a formal engagement with the incontrovertible fact that both the air temperature in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the surface temperature of the water itself is incrementally warming. “Now we are in a time and place where we haven’t been before,” said Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis-backed Tahoe Environmental Research Center. “You can’t go back and look and say this is how the system behaved then.” PHOTO: DYLAN SILVER
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THE NEARSHORE ‘GETTING BETTER, GETTING WORSE’ The Secchi depth reading is typically taken every 5 to 7 days from the middle of Lake Tahoe. Yet, there is a recent movement afoot within the scientific community to devote an increasing amount of data collection, monitoring and reporting to the zone of Lake Tahoe known as the nearshore environment. The term “nearshore” encompasses an area from the low water level of Lake Tahoe, 6,223 feet, which travels either 350 feet away from the shore in areas where the slope of the lake bottom is steep, or where a 69-foot-deep layer of the lake called the thermocline intersects with the lake floor. This is the area of the lake where most visitors and locals interact, whether it be hiking along its shore, swimming in the summer, and kayaking and other activities, explained Alan Heyvaert, Director for Watersheds and Environmental Sustainability at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. “It’s the area of the lake people most directly interact with,” he said. “Over the years, people have noticed an accumulation of more and more algae on the rocks. Even though we as scientists see these changes and hear many people anecdotally saying the situation has gotten worse, it doesn’t tell us much.” To get a complete picture of nearshore environment conditions, Heyvaert and other water quality scientists realized they needed an overarching program that established a data baseline and provided sustainable monitoring. “We have to track where these changes are coming, their trajectory, whether they’re getting better, getting worse,” Heyvaert said.
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Lake Tahoe's famed clarity has greatly diminished since the 1960s.
‘THE EFFECTS OF URBAN RUNOFF AND SEWAGE SPILLS’ With this in mind, Heyvaert agreed to spearhead a team of scientists that also includes researchers from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the University of Nevada, Reno, to form The Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework. The project, which was funded by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, is composed of more than a dozen scientists from three prominent research institutions and seeks to establish a data and monitoring baseline for the nearshore environment relative to 10 different metrics. The metrics relate to obvious items such as lake clarity and algal growth, but they also encompass the study of relationships between different biological species, the presence of human-introduced toxins, such as chemical or sewage spills, and the health of aquatic habitat. The collaborative nature of the approach will also limit the silo approach, in which each research institution, and in some cases different scientists within the same institution, work on a specialized area of research without robust engagement with the broader scientific context. “The integrated approach helps us look at the lake as a whole,” said Heyvaert. But it also helps pool funding, which is critical to establishing good data. The project has established six monitoring stations, strategically placed around Lake Tahoe, capable of taking readings relating to temperature, turbidity, wave height and presence of phytoplankton and other invertebrates. “We are able to take measurements every 30 seconds,” Schladow said, recounting how he was able to get turbidity measurements from stations that showed the well-documented wind-driven storm in December 2014 created entirely different scenarios in different portions of the lake. “These monitoring stations tell us what the natural response of the lake is,” Schladow said. “They will also help understand what some of the unnatural responses of the lake are, including the effects of urban runoff and sewage spills.”
‘LAKE TAHOE IS ON TRACK’ The concerted focus on water quality, which underlies nearly every scientific project in the Lake Tahoe Basin, is also the specialty of 72
Robert Larsen, senior environmental scientist at the Lahonton Regional Water Quality Control Board. Larsen, along with colleagues in the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, formulate the annual TMDL Performance Report. TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load and essentially describes a threshold or maximum amount of fine sediment and nutrients that can be put into the lake without compromising clarity. “It tracks how we restore Tahoe’s transparency, how we reduce the amount of pollutants and introduces fundamental numerical target settings to reduce sediment loads from the urban landscape,” said Larsen when describing the program. In the scientific community, two principle culprits have been identified for the continued decline in lake clarity - fine sediment, such as sand that is used to provide traction for automobiles during the winter; and the increase of algae, which has proliferated due to increase nutrient loading in the lake. “Wintertime traction application to roadways is the primary specific source of (fine sediment particles) in urban stormwater runoff,” said JoAnn Kittrell, spokeswoman for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. “Other impervious surfaces such as parking lots, sidewalks and buildings may serve as sources, but to a lesser extent than roads.” In terms of nutrient loading, the increased presence of nitrogen and phosphorus, introduced primarily by fertilizer and automobile emissions, has given rise to algae. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, with the input of scientists, has developed methods of mitigating the amount of nutrients and fine sediment that reaches the lake, including better management of roads and the introduction of water filtration systems on public and private properties throughout the Lake Tahoe watershed. Larsen and his colleagues have then measured factors to see how those programs are performing. In short, there is cautious optimism they are performing well. “Lake Tahoe is on track,” Larsen said. “I am cautiously optimistic the TMDL programs are having the desired effect on Lake Tahoe.” The TRPA and other scientists have enacted a clarity challenge, establishing the goal of 78 feet of clarity by 2031. While the lake’s clarity did improve to that number in 2014, the figure was mostly aided by less runoff due to the region’s current drought situation, scientists said, meaning if we have wetter winters in the future, the clarity number may go down.
To achieve that lofty goal, the regulatory agency will have to tackle the increasingly unmanageable problem of one of Lake Tahoe’s greatest foils - nitrogen.
‘THE LIFE CYCLE OF NITROGEN IN THE ECOSYSTEM’ Going back 50 years, there was hardly any nitrogen in Lake Tahoe at all, according to UC Davis’ Schladow. However, in the last half-century, with the influx of car commuters and introductions of all types of fertilizer in the basin, the presence of the element has increased dramatically, spurring the growth of algae and inhibiting the pristine clarity for which the Jewel of the Sierra is famed. A recent Scripps Institution of PHOTO: DYLAN SILVER
A look at algae formations blooming in Lake Tahoe's nearshore near Incline Village.
Oceanography-led study showed how nitrogen is recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem and how the burning of fossil fuels is impacting the important balance of nutrients in the lake. “It’s important to study the life cycle of nitrogen in the ecosystem since increasing atmospheric nitrogen deposition can alter the food web in the lake,” said Stuart Goldberg, lead author of the study and a former post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Oceanography. “Just like a home garden, the health of lake ecosystems relies on the balance of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus.” The large problem facing both regulators and scientists presently is that 55 percent of the nitrogen in Lake Tahoe derives from atmospheric deposition. In other words, it comes from the air, typically via car exhaust, as opposed to tributaries and runoff from the urban environment. “With all the people driving up to Lake Tahoe, it releases large amounts of nitrous oxide into the air,” Schladow said. “It’s a significant source of pollutants,” said Larsen of atmospheric deposition. “It’s why our partners in transportation have been trying to effect a decline in vehicle miles traveled.” While Larsen expressed confidence a reduction in vehicle miles traveled would help alleviate some of the nitrogen loading in Lake Tahoe, he was quick to point out the scope of the problem may exceed a localized approach. “Nitrogen loading is increasing in the atmosphere globally and I am not sure local regulators have the authority or the ability to meaningfully alter the amount of nitrogen in the atmosphere,” Larsen said. In other words, as the subject of climate change - how the burning of fossil fuels in massive amounts is altering the climate of planet Earth - plays out on a national stage, leaders in the Lake Tahoe Basin will have to either lend their support to either side, or watch the proceedings.
Nevertheless, Lake Tahoe will unquestionably play a pivotal role. “High-elevation lakes such as Lake Tahoe are sentinels of climate change,” said Lihini Aluwihare, associate professor of geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “Small changes in the lake’s chemistry can have big impacts on the entire ecosystem.”
LAKE TAHOE SHOWING ‘EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE’ If Lake Tahoe is some sort of bellwether indicator of a changing climate, one NASA scientist, Simon Hook, who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is here to tell you the climate is changing - or, at least the surface temperature of Lake Tahoe is changing, and not just changing, but warming slowly, sporadically and incrementally. Hook used advanced satellite technology to measure the surface temperature of a number of large lakes around the globe over a 30-year time period. Tahoe’s surface temperature has ticked up nearly one degree Fahrenheit during the period of study, with periods of plateau followed by accelerated heating. “We see this as evidence of climate change,” said Hook. “We see warming taking place. Now whether that is attributable to humans or any particular process is difficult to say, but it agrees with numerous other studies that warming is taking place.” Hook further said that the warming in lake temperatures provides a more integrative picture of various regional factors in the watershed and how they dovetail with snowpack, melting patterns, cloud cover etc. “Air temperature gives you an instantaneous
measurement, but lake temperature is a more integrative measurement,” he said. Scientists with the Desert Research Institute assert it’s also important to note that a long-term general trend indicates that air temperature in the Lake Tahoe Basin is also on the increase. “If you look at the temperature trends in Tahoe City, where we have a record that goes back to 1903, you see a steady upward trend, especially in the summertime minimum temperature,” said Nina Oakley, a climatologist with the Desert Research Institute. The long-term trend in warming has been steady, with a low degree of variability. This trend is particularly troubling when compared with the long-term trend in precipitation, which has a high degree of variability, Oakley said. Despite the Lake Tahoe Basin’s current position in the throes of a prolonged drought, the data does not point to a conclusive trend. Thus, the warming of both the lake and the air temperature point to the effects of climate change, but to come full circle back to the lake scientists, they are continuing to grapple with what these implacable warming patterns bode for the future of the lake and its biological inhabitants. “We think having the small amount of warming is changing the way things get moved around the lake,” said Schladow. According to the State of the Lake Report 2014, the lake didn’t fully mix in 2013 for the second consecutive year. This has an effect on the phytoplankton in the system, which in turn percolates throughout the entire food web, Schladow said. “Some of our biggest concerns is that surface warming will lead to the loss of an oxygen layer at the bottom of the lake,” Schladow said. The oxygen layer performs as a sealant at the lake floor, essentially trapping innumerable amounts of nutrients beneath the lowest layer of water. If that oxygen were to dissipate, a deluge of nutrients would be released, essentially changing the fundamental chemical composition of the lake. Such a phenomenon could lead to an irretrievable condition in which the gin-clear Lake Tahoe will turn cloudy, brown and opaque like a backyard pond. For now, these suppositions are merely that, but an increasing amount of research and funding is being devoted to studying possible ramifications if these trends continue and perhaps even amplify. “We don’t definitively know how the rapid changes in the environment will affect Lake Tahoe,” Schladow said. “That’s where we are focusing our research - on what is likely or unlikely to happen. “It’s an exciting time, but it’s a dangerous time. If we get past these ticking points, you get to a place where you can’t do anything. So we’re working very hard to understand it.” TAHOE MAGAZINE
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NOT FAR FROM LAKE TAHOE, CHARMING NEVADA TOWNS AND GRAND ADVENTURE CAN BE FOUND ON U.S. 50 DRIVE
Photo above left: The courthouse in Eureka is one of two 19th century courthouses still in use in Nevada today. The other is in Virginia City. Photo above middle: Stokes Castle outside of Austin was built in 1896-97 as a summer home for mine developer Anson Phelps Stokes. It was modeled after a tower in Italy but only used by the family a few times before it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Photo above right: The 2015 Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely preserves railroad equipment and history and offers rides on a steam-powered train. PHOTO: XXXXXX
Highway 50 was called “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in 1986. PHOTO: XXXXXX
The International Hotel was originally built in Virginia City. It was taken apart and transported to Austin in 1863.
There’s a camaraderie among Nevadans that becomes more evident to me as I travel around the Silver State. As my travel buddy, Amy, and I adventure to new places as part of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, locals ask: “so, where are you from?” The question is always asked with interest and pleasantness, but there’s an undertone of obligation to it. When we answer we’re from Reno, their eyes often light up a little and we’re met with an exclamation of “oh!” as if they meant to say: “Oh! You’re one of us then.” And we are. Nevada wouldn’t exist as we know it without the small towns that were born out of a mining boom or a railroad station and left to be redefined by the locals who vowed to uphold the pride of rural Nevada. Last summer, Amy and I decided to drive Highway 50 from Carson City (located just a half hour east of Lake Tahoe) to the Utah border. We picked up Highway 50 Survival Guide books from the Carson City Visitors Bureau so we could collect passport stamps from all the towns along the way.
CLAIM TO FAME Nevada’s capital city benefited from both mining and railroad development and is now located near many noteworthy destinations, including Reno, Lake Tahoe and Genoa. There’s a fair amount to do in Carson City, which is why I’ve devoted other days to our state’s capital. The Nevada State Museum is always worth a visit, as well as several local businesses near the downtown area. If you need coffee or tea for the drive, be sure to drop by San Rafael Coffee Co.
CLAIM TO FAME Was established and developed through agriculture and farming. It’s now the location of an Amazon.com order fulfillment center. Fernley is actually located on Alternate Highway 50, but since it’s included in our survival guide we drove through on our trek back west. We were a little tired from the 800 miles we had already logged on the trip, so we decided no Nevada trip was complete without some gambling and a pint of Icthyosaur IPA. After a couple hours of gambling downtime we managed to win back about a tank of gas on the slots, and were congratulated by a couple locals.
DAYTON POP. 9,000 CLAIM TO FAME The first discovery of gold in Nevada was in Old Town Dayton. The town now houses several nostalgic “old timey” buildings. We drove through Dayton not too long after sunrise, so it was a little early to stop anywhere. The Dayton Museum inside Nevada’s second oldest school house will be worth venturing back for another day trip.
FALLON POP. 8,400 CLAIM TO FAME Known as the “Oasis of Nevada” because of its successes in agriculture, particularly cantaloupes and alfalfa. Now, the largest single employer in Fallon is the Naval Air Station.
Whenever I mention Fallon to people who haven’t been there, they’re surprised to learn that it’s a lush area famous for agriculture. Perhaps this lesser-known secret helps preserve the vibe of Fallon: desert oasis meets small-town charm. Jerry’s Restaurant in Fallon is a great place to
grab a classic breakfast, so we made that our first official road trip stop. The Daily Grind next door provided a convenient place to grab caffeine for the road. It’s important to top off your tank in Fallon to make sure you have enough reasonably priced gas to get to Ely.
AUSTIN POP. 192 CLAIM TO FAME Founded in 1862 as part of a silver rush. It’s now a hub for turquoise mining and jewelry making. When we drove up the hill to the heart of Austin, we were greeted with charming rows of business on either side of the road. The old buildings and wooden sidewalks reminded us of Virginia City, and the people we met while walking around were incredible friendly. We stopped into the famous International Hotel, which was actually built in Virginia City before being transported, board by board, to Austin in 1863. After soaking in the eclectic clutter of artifacts in the building’s bar, we wandered up and down the streets to stop into shops and chat with locals. We recommend Nevada Blue Rock & Gem for a look at locally made turquoise jewelry, and the Toiyabe CafÈ for delicious milkshakes. Just northeast of town is Stokes Castle, a hilarious-looking three-story stone tower that was built as a “summer home” for a mine developer. It was hardly used. It’s now a historical marker, though behind a fence, for tourists to check out. Eureka boasts itself as the “friendliest town on the loneliest highway,” but the interactions we had in Austin made this town our favorite stop.
EUREKA POP. 2,000 CLAIM TO FAME Founded in 1864 when silver-ore was discovered in nearby hills that ranked as Nevada’s second-richest mineral producer. Eureka is home to several well-preserved buildings of historical interest, including the opera house, the court house and our favorite, the Eureka Sentinel Museum. The newspaper building now houses a museum that includes a full 1800s press room downstairs and a variety of exhibits about Eureka’s past upstairs. The old press equipment and newspaper samples around the room remind me of the state of all modern newsrooms: slightly chaotic and purposefully cluttered. The exhibits upstairs are thoughtfully arranged and definitely worth a walk-through. Eureka is a great place to stop for a snack or a drink at The Owl, and a walk up and down the historic main street is much needed before the last leg of driving.
The Eureka Sentinel was published in the current museum building from 1879 to 1960. The museum has a full 1800s press room on display.
ELY POP. 4,000 CLAIM TO FAME Founded as a stagecoach station before a copper mining boom in 1906. The town now houses the Northern Nevada Railway Museum, which preserves historic railroad equipment and history. The Hotel Nevada in Ely was an easy choice for lodging. When it was built in 1929, the hotel was the tallest building in Nevada, at six stories. Modern amenities aside, the hotel has not been drastically remodeled since it was built, giving visitors a historic vibe. Ely is about an hour away from both Great Basin National Park and the Utah border, so we decided to commit to our Highway 50 adventure and drove to the border for some tourist photos. We also drove around Great Basin a bit and took a tour of the Lehman Caves. We highly recommend adding Great Basin to your camping and hiking list if you have one - the park is a breathtaking mix of mountain ranges, bristlecone pine trees, wildlife and clear Nevada skies. The cave tour was informative and led by an energetic park ranger, which made it a fun adventure for kids and adults alike.
THE LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA’ Nevada has been taking full advantage of this slogan for a few decades now. While the drive is rather desolate, and cellphone service is spotty, this was hardly the loneliest road. There are just enough cyclists, fellow drivers and cattle along the way to keep you company without making the road feel crowded. The locals at all stops are friendly and welcoming, and the drive spans several changes in desert scenery - from flat sagebrush-filled spaces to scenic mountains. Feeling lonely didn’t cross my mind as I soaked in vast stretches of uninhabited Nevada land. Instead, I felt comforted that much of what I saw existed as early miners in the 1800s saw Nevada: waiting for explorers to come and visit.
IF YOU GO WHERE The official drive begins in Carson City and ends at the Utah border. VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS 2WD is sufficient. Be sure to get your vehicle checked before the drive and to fill up in Fallon when driving east, and Ely when driving back west. ACCOMMODATIONS Each town along U.S. 50 has multiple lodging options. BEFORE YOU GO Pick up a U.S. 50 Survival Guide from participating locations in all U.S. 50 towns. These businesses, museums or visitor centers will gladly stamp your book, which can be mailed in for an official Highway 50 Survivor souvenir and certificate. FOR MORE INFORMATION ponyexpressnevada.com/pony-express-loneliest-road.html TAHOE MAGAZINE
GRUBBING LAKE TAHOE’S PRIVATE CHEF INDUSTRY REDEFINES THE HOMECOOKED MEAL
BY JENNY GOLDSMITH
f having a personal trainer at your fingertips, a winter chalet at Lake Tahoe, or a Swedish masseuse on speed-dial is a sign you’re living the good life, it’s time to consider tacking a personal chef on to the list of obtainable indulgences. What was once considered a service afforded by a wealthy few is now cropping in more modest kitchens around the Tahoe Basin. “One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the experience of a private chef service,” said Holly Verbeck, co-founder of HeyChef ! - a Truckee-based culinary concierge that places chefs and wait-staff in private homes throughout the Tahoe region. Dining at a restaurant can be a memorable experience in itself, but hiring a private chef makes the process of eating unforgettable First and foremost, nothing compares to watching someone else - let alone a culinary professional - cook in the privacy of your kitchen. Factor in the freedom to wear pajamas to dinner, to drink above legal limit without getting behind a wheel, and to pop in Finding Nemo at the first site of a toddler’s tears - which, let’s face it, can be an unpleasant part of the restaurant scene - and you’ve found plenty of reasons to Google the nearest personal chef. Restaurants and temper tantrums aside, there are other things to worry about when hosting a dinner party, like slaving over a hot stove, topping off your guest’s drinks, managing your children and your guest’s children, taking allergy
Chef Grog Verbeck’s Provencal Roast chicken breast with a grilled vegetable mélange is one of many menu items the classically French-trained and former New York City-based chef offers to clients, who can also choose from a HeyChef! prix fixe option, or create their own menu, tailored to their specific flavor profile, allergy restrictions, and/or guest size.
PHOTO: GROG VERBECK
requests and finally, tackling the stack of dirty dishes at the end of the night. Eliminate all those elements and you’ll find yourself in a unique position: a guest in your own home. “There’s a high concentration of affluent vacationers with a density of second homes in our area, so I think the Tahoe-Truckee region in particular offers a great opportunity for chefs to get out from behind the line, and showcase their skills in a special, private setting,” said Verbeck, who launched HeyChef ! 18 years ago with her husband, French-trained chef, Grog Verbeck.
Randy Anger, owner of North Lake Tahoe’s Jauquin’s Personal Chef Services, was in the restaurant and bartending industry for more than 25 years before launching his private chef career, where he now enjoys the freedom and creative control that comes with being one’s own boss.
maximizing thyme in tahoe
While there is no shortage of highquality restaurants at Lake Tahoe, there is a shortage of time for second-home owners, vacationers and locals looking to maximize their Tahoe experience. Calculate the time it takes to grocery shop, prep, cook and serve each meal, not to mention cleaning up the kitchen, and you’ll see where your free time has been swallowed up. Factor in a few kid’s menus and a grocery store meltdown or two, and what was once a blissful weekend getaway is not much different than the day-to-day grind. As the back office expert behind the scenes of the company, Holly oversees the business logistics, allowing clients to kick back and hang up the apron so Chef Grog and their fleet of culinary pros can do what they do best: cook delicious food. “The most time consuming things of everyday life are the daily tasks we all have to engage in,” Verbeck said. “Cooking, eating, shopping and stocking a kitchen while you’re on vacation can be a hassle, especially when there are multiple families involved, and it jeopardizes the most valuable thing you come up here for, which is time - time with family and friends, time for yourself, and time to relax.”
FOOD IS WHAT BRINGS US ALL TOGETHER, AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS SO REWARDING.” chef randy anger
PHOTO: TRACY VOELKER
Kellan Hori private chef of six years and owner of Kellan’s Kitchen - has been splitting his time between clients in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.
THE PRIVATE CHEF BUSINESS IS GROWING, AND NOT JUST IN VOLUME, BUT ALSO EXPOSURE.” chef kellan hori
to fail is to succeed
As part of HeyChef !’s network of on-call culinary professionals, personal chef and longtime Tahoe resident, Michael Plapp - owner of Meals by Michael - reinvented his career several times over, from engineer to restaurateur to personal chef. After years behind the line at numerous reputable restaurants in the basin, Plapp said he’s found himself most at home in someone else’s kitchen. “Besides the possibility of having my own business and living in the mountains, cooking appealed to me for the creative freedom and immediate feedback,” said Plapp, who also counts rock-climbing and spending time with his wife and two grown children as ways to feed his soul. “I think the personal chef business is the ultimate expression of this.” Finding his footing in the private chef world hasn’t been without its slip-ups, but the soft-spoken thrill-seeker knows from his time spent scaling giant walls of rock - if you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough. “There’s been some uncertainty because I never know what the next month will look like in terms of work, but then I’ll get a few calls and it always seems to work out,” Plapp said. Plapp has lent his menu creations and restaurant knowledge to countless dining establishments across North Lake Tahoe - like Big Water Grille (Incline Village), Plumpjack CafÈ (Squaw Valley) and Morgan’s Lobster Shack (Truckee) - but it wasn’t until he stepped into a private home that he realized what his line of work had been missing all those years: gratitude. Receiving a compliment for his food is, for him, much like the rush he feels when he reaches the top of a difficult climb there’s a satisfaction and self-reward that far exceeds any title or paycheck. “All of the side distractions of operating a restaurant are stripped away,” Plapp said. “You create a menu, cook the food and witness the results as you share it with guests.”
PHOTO: SHEA EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY
changing the gender game
It doesn’t take a rock-climber to understand the value in overcoming obstacles whether it’s in life, or in the kitchen. In spite of a long-standing, iconic image of a woman laboring over a stove, the professional world of cooking is predominately saturated with men, and encountering a female head chef behind the line is still widely considered an exception. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, or in Chef Julia Paradysz’s case, bring on the heat in an otherwise boy’s club. “It’s like a game of cowboys and Indians in any given kitchen, but luckily for me, my parents raised a strong-willed, level-headed person that was both my father’s son and my mother’s daughter,” said Paradysz, who left the corporate marketing world to work behind a fast-paced line at the Montbleu Resort at Stateline on Tahoe’s South Shore. “If you’re a girl in a kitchen, you’ve got to grow some thick skin, because it can be intimidating,” she said. “I’m so passionate about what I do that nothing anyone else says really matters, unless of course, it’s about my food.” Rising to the occasion in a hightemperature, male-dominated setting takes practice, and for Chef Julia, it was hammering out close to 1,000 tacos a day at Montbleu’s Mexican joint, where she gained unparalleled experience, as well as “street cred” among her male counterparts. “The biggest thing working there taught me was speed and the ability to move really quickly in a kitchen, which helps
me time manage a lot of other things in my life outside of cooking,” Paradysz said, presumably referring to her other titles, like wife, mother, entrepreneur and philanthropist. “That job was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done, but it made me appreciate working as a chef in a higher-caliber kitchen, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
feeding the soul
A chef doesn’t have to be a woman in a man’s world in order to take his knife skills to the next level. For Randy Anger, owner of Jauquin’s Personal Chef Services based in Tahoe City, the career game changer happened when he left the world of bartending to clean up his resumÈ, and his life. Nowadays, the self-taught chef, music buff and long-distance runner whips up culinary masterpieces for families of four to weddings of one hundred. “When I look back at those years bartending, I feel like I lost a part of my soul that I’ll never get back - I’m at peace with it - but it wasn’t a healthy lifestyle for me,” said Anger, who holds barbecue, fresh herbs and understanding allergies to the highest regard. “The Randy of then wouldn’t believe the Randy of now. I get to feed people healthy, delicious food, and that is the ultimate gift, because if you think about it, we can’t live without food - we can live without other things - but food is what brings us all together, and that’s what makes this so rewarding.” This slow-cooked Rotisserie tri tip was created by Chef Grog Verbeck, co-owner of HeyChef!
PHOTO: GROG VERBECK
Anger, whose kitchen alias is Chef Jauquin, redefined his career from line cook in his 20s to bartender in his 30s to the self-taught private chef he is today. Outside of the kitchen, the entrepreneur showcases his creativity through his merchandise and apparel company, Tahoe Basics, a popular brand worn by both locals and visitors. “I would never have expected this industry to take off like it is right now, and I’m lucky because I got in early enough that I get to watch it transform from an affluent thing into something that’s more family oriented and more economically accessible,” Anger said. “And it’s not just growing as a service, but as a profession, too, because I think the internet really opened the door to exploring different cuisines, and that’s when selftaught chefs became more abundant.”
cooking for the bigger picture
At the top of his game is dual citizen of San Francisco and North Lake Tahoe, Chef Kellan Hori, whose colorful creations have found their way onto tables and television screens across the country. In addition to his personal chef company, Kellan’s Kitchen, Hori is also a member of a growing San Francisco-based chef concierge service, Kitchit - two non-restaurant endeavors that allow him to express his passion for simple ingredients, fresh herbs, bold flavors and any meal involving a grill. “The private chef business is growing, and not just in volume, but also exposure,” said Chef Hori. “Food is growing to become a spectator sport; for example, I recently had an eight-year-old ask for something like kale, quinoa and locally sourced halibut because he’s either had it, or he’s seen it on television.” It’s possible that eight-year-old has even seen Hori showcase his chef skills as a competitor on the Food Network’s reality series, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” which aired last October. Hori said the challenges were anything but scripted and the sabotages were very real, but that didn’t prevent him from claiming victory over his competitors. “There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing, well, aside from being a hand model,” the young entrepreneur and culinary artist said with a laugh. “Honestly though, I can’t see myself doing anything else, especially working in a restaurant, because being a personal chef is a completely different experience, and at the end of a meal, you get to see your clients smile, you’re a part of what made them happy that night. “And I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
The beautiful Lola Montez, circa 1847, from a portrait by Joseph Stieler.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SUTTER’S FORT ARCHIVES
sex siren the sierra â€™ s
BY MARK MCLAUGHLIN
At Donner Pass, history and scenery abound around a hike to Lola Montez Lake - named for one of the most provocative women to ever visit the area
ola Montez was without a doubt one of the most famous women to try her luck in the California gold rush. Lola, an internationally known, Irish-born dancer and stage actress who had previously shocked critics and audiences in Europe with risquĂŠ personal behavior and seductive performances, broke all the rules. She was beautiful, sexy and liberated, and therefore controversial amid the highly conservative social mores of the Victorian Age. One admiring French critic wrote, "The dance of Lola Montez is poetry in motion, sometimes fantastic, often lascivious, but always attractive." Before the erotic dancer even reached California, her promiscuous reputation had preceded her. Among her many well-publicized, romantic conquests in Europe were a dashing Parisian journalist and the famous Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist Franz Liszt, as well as her stint as the mistress of an aging king.
'eliza' - the young rebel
Born Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert in Ireland on Feb. 17, 1821, her father, Edward Gilbert, was an officer in the British army, and her mother the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Irish politician. When "Eliza" turned 3 years old, the family moved to India where her father died of cholera shortly after their arrival. Within a year, her mother remarried, and Eliza was sent to live with relatives in Scotland. When she turned 11, she was enrolled in an English boarding school where she received an education in liberal arts. Eliza was a precocious teenager, and by the time she was 16 had blossomed into an attractive young woman. At that time, her mother arrived from India with news that it was time for Eliza to marry, and she suggested that they return together to India where she knew a few eligible bachelors, all of them much older than Eliza. Her mother's matrimonial plans left Eliza cold, so she rebelled and eloped with a handsome, 30-year-old army lieutenant named Thomas James, an "admirer" of Mrs. Gilbert who had traveled from India with her. The following year, Lt. James returned to India with Eliza, but after a few years together, she grew unhappy and returned to Scotland alone.
'lola montez, the spanish dancer'
Mrs. Eliza James was only 19 years old, but her reputation was already soiled by her elopement with an older man, and she had no chance at an honest relationship as long as she was still married to James, who remained stationed in India. These became minor details to the spirited Eliza, and within 10 days of boarding a London-bound ship, she was flirting with a 20-year-old officer named George Lennox. Before long, the couple was spending time together in their cabins, and once again, Eliza's inappropriate behavior shocked those around her. The relationship between Lennox and Eliza continued in London until family members pressured Lennox to end it. When news of the adulterous affair reached Thomas James, he charged Eliza with adultery and sued for divorce. It was the end of Eliza's childhood dreams of a conventional life and the beginning of a wild career as an internationally known entertainer and seductress extraordinaire. Eliza escaped the shame of appearing in an English divorce court by traveling to Spain to create a new persona. She took acting classes, learned traditional Spanish dances, and began smoking cigarettes and cigars. Upon her return to England in 1842, she hit the stage as "Lola Montez, the Spanish Dancer." Over the next two decades, she would become the most notorious of 19th-century courtesans and her affairs the subject of worldwide gossip.
Lola Montez smoked cigarettes and cigars as a symbol of a libertarian, circa 1851.
Her striking beauty garnered immediate attention, with her fair skin, jet-black hair and large, deep-blue eyes, and she captivated the hearts and minds of powerful men as she danced seductively on stages throughout Europe. During Lola's tour in Germany, elderly King Ludwig of Bavaria was so enamored that he showered her with gifts and jewels. But trouble started when he awarded Lola the title of Countess and asked her to live with him and rule the country. The people of Bavaria revolted and rioted in the streets, chanting slogans condemning "Countess Montez." Lola fled with a strongbox filled with treasure while the disgraced king abdicated his throne.
arrival on the west coast
It was May 1853 when Montez first arrived in San Francisco. Glamorous and boldly unconventional, Montez had a special quality about her that attracted ardent fans based more on her persona and beauty than on her talent. Only 30 years old, Lola had had numerous scandalous public affairs, but the young, cosmopolitan population of San Francisco loved it. When she performed,
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SUTTERâ€™S FORT ARCHIVES
making her way to donner lake IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A WILD CAREER AS AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN ENTERTAINER AND SEDUCTRESS EXTRAORDINAIRE
spectators packed the house, despite ticket prices ten times the price of her previous East Coast engagements. Montez's signature stage move was her "Spider Dance," during which she frequently pulled up the folds of her skirt as if she had discovered imaginary spiders in her dress. Under her multi-colored petticoats were flesh-colored tights, and when she lifted her skirt it exposed her shapely legs to the delight of the mostly male audience. In keeping with her spontaneous nature, two months after she arrived in California, Lola married Patrick Hull, a 32-year-old San Francisco journalist who she had just met in Panama. She married Hull in a Catholic ceremony at a local church, despite the fact that she had not yet divorced her previous husband. That afternoon the couple sailed for Sacramento to begin Lola's tour of the California mining camps in the Sierra foothills where their marriage soon fell apart. Montez initiated divorce proceedings against Hull, claiming incompatibility. After performances in Marysville, Grass Valley and Nevada City, Lola quit the stage and moved to Grass Valley where she purchased a small cottage. Apparently, Lola needed a break from her fast-paced career. The actress spent several years in Grass Valley hunting, exploring mines, and entertaining visitors while writing her memoirs.
PHOTO: MARK MCLAUGHLIN
Even in retirement, the eccentric actress continued to draw media attention. She had always loved animals, and at her cottage she established a menagerie that included a dogs and cats, pet birds, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and even a young male grizzly bear cub. She also had a greenhouse built where she grew exotic plants and flowers. In July 1854, Montez joined an extended horseback excursion up and over Donner Summit of the Sierra Nevada. The group explored Donner Lake and camped near the abandoned cabins of the Donner Party, pioneers who had been trapped there by snow just seven years before. Intrigued by the historic event, Lola collected as souvenirs a few bones that still lay around the area. One result of this packing trip into the Sierra was the naming of topographical features for her, including 9,148-foot high Mount Lola north of Donner Pass, as well as upper and lower Lola Montez lakes. Lola had stormed into the Golden State and then quickly "retired" in the Sierra foothills, but by 1855, she had either renewed her love for performance or was running out of money. Due to high interest rates, political corruption and the increasing difficulty in extracting gold from the earth, California was suffering from its first economic recession, but gold had been discovered in Australia, and Lola decided that a tour "down under" would refill her coffers. Once there, however, Lola's temper tantrums and dysfunctional love affairs broke up her troupe. While returning to California, her agent and lover, Noel Follin, angry with Lola for cheating on him, committed suicide at sea. Montez performed a few more times in San Francisco and Sacramento before selling her properties and jewelry and moving to New York City. In New York, Lola became an avid fan of Spiritualism, whose followers held sĂŠances to converse with the dead. In June 1860 she suffered a major stroke and was partially paralyzed. By mid-December she had recovered enough strength to begin walking again, but that winter she contracted pneumonia and died on January 17, 1861, at the age of 42. Lola Montez was a troubled woman who lived a wild life, but along the way she had helped many others who were less fortunate than her.
HIKE INTO HISTORY:
LOLA MONTEZ LAKE
At Donner Pass, history and scenery combine to provide some of the most inspiring field trips in the United States. One relatively easy hike in the area is the 6 to 7 mile roundtrip excursion to Lower Lola Montez Lake. This picturesque alpine lake is named for the most famous woman to visit California during the gold rush. Montez shocked critics and audiences with her risquĂˆ personal behavior and seductive stage performances. She was beautiful, sexy and liberated, and highly controversial. Lower Montez Lake is nestled in a forested, shallow granite basin, adorned with boulders perfect for diving or sunbathing, and populated with rainbow trout. In summer, the area is a popular destination for mountain bikers, fishermen, and families looking for a High Country adventure away from the crowds. Lola Montez Lakes was conserved in 2013 when the Trust for Public Land and the Northern Sierra Partnership purchased the land from Sierra pacific Industries.
To get there, take the Soda Springs exit off of westbound Interstate 80 and make an immediate right onto Sherritt Road on the north side of the freeway. LEARN MORE Head east and about one-half mile past To read more about the fire station is a well-marked trailhead on mountain biking in your left. The route alternates between dirt trail and gravel road as it roams through alpine the Lola Montez lakes area visit tinyurl. forest, past streams and ferns, as well as seasonal wild flowers. com/lolamontez Hikers ultimately climb more than 700 feet in elevation to the lake, but there is only one steep section at the final approach. It takes about 90 minutes to reach this picturesque pond, named for one of the most provocative women to ever visit the area - a sex siren who called herself Lola Montez. TAHOE MAGAZINE
Greg Gabler and Marcel Rowley, left, assist Cassidy Berg and Gray Grandy to reach the top of a cliff during a training exercise. PHOTO: ISAAC BRAMBILA
A LOOK INTO THE LIVES OF THE DEDICATED SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL WHO MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE IN TAHOE’S WILDERNESS BY ISAAC BRAMBILA PHOTO: XXXXXX
AUGUST 12, 2014, WAS A TUESDAY, AND A STORM WAS COMING TO LAKE TAHOE
hat day, Greg Almos was supposed to have the day off, but it was really no surprise when he was called in. Everything happened fast that day. The first call came in at 11:50 a.m. A man had suffered traumatic injuries and was about a mile into the Eagle Falls hiking trail. He was alone and battling adverse weather conditions. The second call came two minutes later. It was a lost hiker, and the situation required someone to go in, get to him and hike him out. The injured man needed to be carried out. A group of 12 volunteers
Cassidy Berg, right, and Gray Grandy dangle over a roughly 70-foot drop during a roping training exercise.
was assembled. Carrying a man out requires that many people, Almos said, as the group must navigate tough terrain, shifts positions and take turns carrying the basket transporting the man. “As we’re hiking down with him in a litter basket, at that very exact time, we get a report of a drowning at Eagle Lake,” said Almos, El Dorado County Sheriff ’s Deputy and Search and Rescue Lead Coordinator. The group was about an hour and a half into the rescue effort when the call for a drowning victim came - at 1:37 p.m. Almos was forced to break up resources and send volunteers to attend an incident that required a completely different set of skills and equipment. “It was crazy, because we had to basically run two incidents as one, utilizing two different helicopters, because we’re trying to hoist the one guy out because his condition was deteriorating. We needed to get him to a trauma center,” Almos said. “It’s mind boggling because you have to put each incident on a different radio channel. You have to be calling different people for different things.” Almos had to arrange for aquatic equipment to be brought to the rescuers. By the time they were able to reach the drowning victim, the person had been brought out of the water by good Samaritans and was unresponsive. A group of rescuers attempted resuscitate him, but it was too late. At the other scene, the outcome was not as tragic. The team was able to bring the man out of the wilderness and place him in a helicopter. He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he later recovered.
PHOTO: ISAAC BRAMBILA
Scott Gabler looks down Eagle Falls as Cassidy Berg and Gray Grandy rappel up during a technical rescue exercise.
ANATOMY OF A RESCUE TEAM When you are lost or injured in the vastness of the wilderness, it will likely be a volunteer who comes to your rescue. The EDSO Search and Rescue team is made up of roughly 30 volunteers and works under the command of the El Dorado County Sheriff ’s Office Emergency Services personnel. SAR responds to emergency circumstances, usually about half a mile or more away from major streets and highways, or when regular emergency personnel don’t have easy access to the area. Most of the incidents involve hikers and are concerning a medical incident or any situation involving a hiker or recreationist who cannot return to safety. Though all members are capable of doing groundwork, not all rescues are as simple as hiking into the woods and guiding or carrying someone out. Many incidents require technical efforts in rocky, slick, steep, rough, dense and other hard-toreach areas. Sometimes, reaching someone by land is not an option, and air rescues are coordinated. SAR has varying teams within its structure that focus on specific disciplines. For example, the Technical Rescues Team focuses on snow and ice in the winter and rope rescues in the summer. The Nordic team, meanwhile, focuses on over-thesnow travel, such as skis and snowshoes. Equipment-wise, most is aimed at ground rescues and is carried individually by each member, but SAR also has access to two helicopters, CalStar 6 and the California Highway Patrol Operations helicopter.
PHOTO: ISAAC BRAMBILA
CalStar 6 usually handles medical situations and gives rescuers the ability to provide medical attention as soon as someone is extracted. The CHP helicopter manages extractions from dangerous locations. Additionally, military support can be called in if the situation is adverse, for example, if the number of people that needs to be rescued is large.
MAKING SURE THEY’RE READY The current was not as strong as it sometimes is, but the loud buzz of rushing water over the rocks at Eagle Falls still forced everyone to yell during coordinating training efforts. The boulders usually covered by water were smooth and slick and reached an edge that dropped roughly 70 feet into hard-to-reach terrain. Around the area there was a group of 10 volunteers, all part of the Technical Rescue Team. A system of ropes handled by eight people led down the cliff, where two volunteers, a rescuer and a victim, were attempting to climb the ropes. The team was replicating a rescue mission from two years ago, when a woman slipped into the running water and was pushed down the cliff, SAR President Scott Gabler said. She survived, but was severely injured. The exercise was dangerous, at times composed of the two climbing volunteers, Gray Grandy and Cassidy Berg, teetering on the ropes a few dozen feet above the bottom of a rocky waterfall, but the team was calm.
They secured the rope system several times, making sure it was safe. They walked the smooth, slippery and unleveled surfaces, looking for different options to steer the mission for the safest rescue. The drill itself seemed complicated, even without the aggravating factors that a real rescue effort represents. When the real moment comes, everything moves faster, the time to think and make decisions is shorter, and a clear mind to make those decisions is harder to achieve, but training makes those decisions easier. To achieve that know-how, the Technical Rescue Team usually trains once a week. All specialty teams stay sharp with similar training schedules.
WHAT DOES THE JOB ENTAIL? Not every rescue is as complicated and technically demanding, but last year, SAR handled 64 incidents, 43 of which occurred between June and August. In addition to those incidents, the department also worked on several investigations. In all, there are few days in the year when SAR is not active, and the summer months are the busiest. Much of what SAR handles is reoccurring, Almos said. People commonly call as a result of lower extremity injuries, altitude sickness or not feeling well because of a pre-existing injury or health issues.
EDSO Search and Rescue carries a man to safety during a rescue operation.
WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT NEXT 911 CALL WHEN CONDITIONS CHANGE. GREG ALMOS ON WHY USING YOUR SMARTPHONE AS A LIGHT SOURCE WHEN LOST IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
Most SAR incidents involve hikers who have lost track of their location or have found themselves in a situation where they can’t hike back to safety. It is common for hikers to miscalculate time and find themselves without proper lighting and clothing as the night falls. With drastically shifting temperatures between day and night, or quickly changing weather conditions, a situation can turn from safe to dangerous faster than a hiker’s reaction time. When the night falls, many times
inexperienced hikers can misuse one of their most precious tools, their smartphones, Almos said. One of the most unwitting and costly mistakes a person can make is using their phone as a light source, as it quickly drains the battery. “We want you to be able to make that next 911 call when conditions change,” Almos said. Eagle Falls Trailhead is among the busiest areas for SAR, and most assistance calls are prompted by simple mistakes. “Sometimes it’s contributed to poor decision-making, sometimes it’s attributed to (inexperience), overdoing yourself,” Almos said. However, inexperienced hikers don’t draw the most rescue efforts. More experienced hikers also tend to be risk-takers and are more likely to suffer injuries or find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Experienced people can also be overconfident and find themselves unprepared for unforeseen situations. It is common to hear a hiker say, “I should have known better,” Almos said.
THE POWER OF THE SMARTPHONE The introduction of the smartphone has had two major effects - it has increased work and improved the ability for SAR to rescue people, Almos said. SAR now receives calls for situations where, in the past, people would have simply helped themselves. Today, if SAR receives a call, they most often go out and rescue the person or group calling for assistance, even if the caller believes all they need is a little direction. The reason can be boiled down to lack of information. SAR personnel do not know with certainty what type of terrain and situation the
callers are in. A lack of a full understanding of the caller’s physical shape and health are also a factor. “People may be able to look right down at Fallen Leaf Lake or a means of safety, but you don’t know what they have to go through to get to safety,” Almos said. “If you start wandering and you start trying to, in essence, self-rescue, you can put yourself and everybody that’s with you, and my searchers, in more of a harm’s way.” Once a call is made, the best course of action for callers is no action — “hug a tree,” he said. “I’ve actually had to tell people on the phone, ‘look, if you don’t cooperate with me, we’re not coming to get you, and you are on your own,’” he added. The improvements brought by new technology, however, outnumber the setbacks. Cellphones give rescuers the ability to stay in constant communication with those requesting help. They also provide instant assistance in situations where time is crucial. In the past, if there was an injury, someone had to physically go out and ask for help. In cases of lost hikers or a solo injury, those in need of help had to wait until they missed their predicted return time and someone else asked for help on their behalf. Most importantly, modern cellphones provide rescuers with specific GPS coordinates that make searches much easier, drastically cutting reach time. “Our numbers have increased because of the use of a cellphone. But yes, our ability to swiftly provide care to people in distress, to people in these outline areas, has completely increased because of the ability to call and feed us first-hand information,” Almos said. Still, when it comes down to it, being able to provide that service is the best part of the job. “It’s rewarding to know that my involvement helped other people get out safely,” he said.
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Sierra Stories Lake Tahoe-area authors offer variety of choices to get lost in a sea of pages BY GLORIA SINIBALDI
WHAT BETTER WAY TO RELAX ON A LAZY SUMMER AFTERNOON AT THE BEACH THAN TO READ A GOOD BOOK? Lake Tahoe authors have produced fiction, facts and fantasy for your reading pleasure - here are eight of our favorites to explore. So, pour a cold drink, slather on the sunscreen and dive in!
PURSUIT OF VENGEANCE
SAVING LAKE TAHOE
The opening scenes of this gripping crime novel quickly kick the plot into play. Wade Crawford, a Reno detective, has his hands full solving more than a few murderous events. It is a fast-moving story and perhaps a bit shocking in spots. It's Incline Village resident Bruce Simonian's second novel in as many years, and he nicely showcases his talent and versatility in this suspense-filled thriller.
In 233 pages, Michael J. Makley summarizes major Lake Tahoe environmental events. This is not a light read, but it is a must read for environmental aficionados and for those who want to learn more. It will give readers a platform from which to consider the relationship between Tahoe's natural ecosystems and human activity.
By Bruce Simonian
By Michael J. Makley
MEXICO IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR By Michael Tassone
Incline Village author Michael Tassone tells a wild tale about a trip to Mexico involving two college grads that seek enlightenment at the bottom of a bottle of beer. This psychedelic travelogue involves more than a few illicit "trips." There's fun, fighting and fear along the way, but at the end of the day, there is peace. Clark and Rudy ultimately learn more about themselves than they bargained for.
TAHOE GHOST BOAT
BIGFOOT AND THE BABY
Lake Tahoe author and literary icon Todd Borg delivers a nail-biting storyline in "Tahoe Ghost Boat." It is the 12th book of the Owen McKenna Mystery Series, and it does not disappoint. The tale begins with a boating accident that is shrouded under a cloud of strange circumstances. Gertie, a lonely teenager, is suddenly kidnapped, and Detective Owen McKenna is determined to rescue her from harm.
"Bigfoot and the Baby", published by Tahoe's Bona Fide Books, is quirky and profoundly unique. It introduces societal enigmas that produce multiple laugh-out-loud moments within a dark comedic framework. The tale focuses on the Majeskys, a dysfunctional family searching for life's meaning while living in a remote California town.
By Todd Borg
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END OF SNOW: MURDER IN SQUAW VALLEY By Prudy Grimes
This fictional novel surrounds the death of two environmental lawyers in the backcountry of Squaw Valley. Laura Bailey, a snow scientist, must find out what happened to these two women since others seem to lack interest. As she talks to a group of San Francisco lawyers who knew them, the truth is exposed, but not without uncovering some unsettling details. Snow science and climate change are topics of discussion.
IMAGES OF SPORTS: THE 1960 WINTER OLYMPICS
SIERRA NEVADA: TRAIL OF MURDER
This well-done documentary nostalgically depicts details surrounding the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley. Longtime Tahoe resident and historian Dave Antonucci provides an overview of the trials and tribulations from inception to conclusion. Awe-inspiring images of those glory days are chronicled through a revealing narrative, as well as through an array of vintage photos.
A dead body and a canine companion are central to this story by South Lake Tahoe's Jennifer Quashnick. Environmental scientist Rachel and her dog Bella stumble across an unfortunate victim while hiking. A handsome detective comes to their aid to help them find answers. It's a whodunit tale with an environmental spin and some subtle political overtones.
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It's in the Bag What you need to know about plastic bag bans within our two largest communities BY MARGARET MORAN
hen shopping in a few
local communities, be sure to remember reusable bags, or you will pay the price — literally. Both the town of Truckee and city of South Lake Tahoe have adopted a plastic bag ban in an effort to reduce single-use bag waste and its impact to the environment, while continuing to offer alternative bags at a cost. Below is a breakdown of each community's ordinance, and a look at the larger California effort to ban single-use plastic bags.
Truckee's ban prohibits the distribution of most disposable plastic bags, while requiring retailers to charge a minimum 10-cent fee per recycled paper or reusable bag at check-out. The ordinance applies to all Truckee grocery and retail establishments. Restaurants are excluded for the time being, including take-out establishments and any business that receives 90 percent or more of its revenue from the sale of prepared food. Additional exemptions include non-handle plastic bags for product packaging; raw meats and produce; prescription medication from a pharmacy; and large items such as tires, drycleaning and large-format artwork.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE'S BAN
South Lake Tahoe's ban prohibits the local distribution of plastic single-use carry-out bags and paper bags that fall below 40 percent recycled content at the point of sale. No fee for paper or reusable bags is identified in the law. The ban applies to grocery stores and businesses that sell perishable food products, including farmers market vendors. Starting
Oct. 15, 2015, all remaining retail establishments will be included. Restaurants are excluded from the ordinance. Also excluded are non-handle plastic, singleuse carry-out bags that are provided to customers for uses such as carrying produce and meat within a store; holding prescription medication dispensed from a pharmacy; and separating food or merchandise that could be damaged or contaminated when placed together.
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A plastic bag ban signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014 is on hold pending a November 2016 vote. The law, which would have made California the first U.S. state to officially prohibit stores from handing out free plastic shopping bags, was planned to go into effect at large grocery chains and pharmacies starting July 1, 2015, before expanding to convenience stores and liquor stores July 1, 2016.
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A beaver family, from the Taylor Creek area.
Strange sightings Lake Tahoe is known for its vast species of wildlife - some of which are a lot more rare to see than others BY TOREE WARFIELD
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t ' s probably safe to say
that most everyone living in or visiting Lake Tahoe has encountered a Steller's jay, a mountain chickadee, a coyote or even a black bear, but what about the creatures that are more elusive, lesser known or more unusual?
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W I L D L I F E This porcupine was spotted on Lake Tahoe's West Shore.
Here is a look at a few species we don't run across every day.
What lies beneath the waters of Lake Tahoe? Probably that which comes to mind most often would be the sport fish that have been introduced to the lake, including mackinaw trout, kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout. Lesser known native species include the mountain whitefish, Tahoe sucker, speckled dace, Lahontan tui chub and the Paiute sculpin. I asked Geoffrey Schadlow, Director of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, to suggest an interesting fish in the lake, and he directed me to the Paiute sculpin. The Paiute sculpin is a small freshwater fish, averaging 4 to 5 inches long, and it is the most abundant bottom-dweller in the Eastern Sierra. Small and drably colored, the Paiute sculpin hides between rocks and sticks on the bottom. It dwells in rocky areas around the shore when breeding to hide eggs among the rocks in the shallower regions. It is most active at night, eating algae and preying upon aquatic insects, larvae and smaller fish dwelling in rocky substrate.
The beaver is a semi-aquatic rodent that dwells along the shore in creeks and rivers, building elaborate homes of sticks and mud - and considered a nuisance by misinformed folks. Sherry Guzzi, a North Lake Tahoe resident, participated in co-founding the Sierra Wildlife Coalition in October 2010 when a family of beavers was killed by Placer County Department of Public Works in Kings Beach, a traumatic experience for Sherry and other residents and elementary students who had come to love the animal. Since, she and her organization have been instrumental in helping install what is known as a pond leveler in Taylor Creek, as well as other areas, after the U.S. Forest Service pulled out a dam built by another family of beavers, putting their survival at risk. The pond leveler is a relatively simple installation and costs only about $200, providing a reasonable and fair alternative to simply eradicating the animals. For more information on this system and to learn more about beavers, visit the coalition's Facebook page. Beavers live in almost every creek around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, building dams and lodges that help create wetlands and habitats for fish and other marsh-dwelling wildlife. The piles of sticks and logs amassed by beavers actually help control sediment that would otherwise reach Lake Tahoe.
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He can fall to predators, however, including coyotes, mountain lions or great horned owls, and, of course, cars. If you happen to find an injured porcupine, please call Ann Bryant of the BEAR League at (530) 525-7297. She is available to aid in the rescue of any type of animal. The porcupine is an herbivore, eating leaves, twigs, clover, wildflowers, fruit, and even clay, and he will eat bark in the wintertime. Porcupines are generally nocturnal but can be seen foraging in the daylight hours as well. He is a docile animal, trusting and playful. He uses caves, piles of A pair of long-tailed ducks rock or cavities created by downed swims on Lake Tahoe. trees for shelter. He weighs between 12 and 35 pounds and LONG-TAILED DUCK typically lives 5 to 7 years in the wild but, in the A duck that would normally be spending the right conditions, can live as long as 20 to 25 years. winter off the coast of Alaska has been spotted WOLVERINE hanging around in Lake Tahoe. A lone longIn 2008, a grad student from Oregon State tailed duck, seen in the Kings Beach area, is University was conducting research in the Tahoe being monitored by Will Richardson of the National Forest on the effects of landscape Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, who is kept change on the American marten - a mammal in informed of unusual sightings by knowledgeable the same family as weasels, badgers and wolverarea birders. ines - when one of the motion-sensitive cameras The long-tailed duck is a medium-sized sea captured the image of a wolverine, setting off a duck, striking in appearance that varies dramatiflurry of activity by biologists and researchers, as cally by season. the wolverine has not been documented in the It breeds in the arctic in the summer and Sierra since 1922. migrates south in the winter along both coasts More than two dozen documented sightings of of the United States. In the Pacific, it generally the wolverine have occurred since then, the latest over-winters in Alaska, occasionally making its being in November 2014 in the Tahoe National way farther down the coast. Forest near Fordyce Lake, about 15 miles southThis isn't the first time the area has seen a west of where it was originally seen. stray long-tailed duck - the first Tahoe record DNA analysis completed in 2008 showed that dates back to 1955. Another sighting was reit was a male sharing the genetic traits of wolvercorded in 1975, but more recently, in 2007, a pair ines found in the Rocky Mountains, but it is not was spotted by visitor Jim Lomax in the Camp known how he ended up in this region. Richardson area. More DNA has been collected from the In 2013, Granite Bay resident Bruce Webb area of the recent sighting and is currently identified a pair, and in early winter 2014, a lone being analyzed by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky female was seen in a pond in Truckee by Diane Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Mont., and Steve Rose. to determine if this is the same individual. PORCUPINE The wolverine is a stocky and muscular carHe's out there somewhere, but only the most for- nivore, resembling a small bear with large paws, tunate are going to be able to find the porcupine. short legs and thick, oily fur that resists frost. Ann Bryant, Executive Director of the BEAR This animal was once found throughout the League, is one of those fortunate few. Ann lives Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, but was on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and regularly nearly wiped out by the 1930s due to unregulated has porcupines wander through her backyard. trapping. Currently, only 250 to 300 wolverines The porcupine is a slow-moving rodent and a remain in the lower 48 states. Larger populations common resident of coniferous forests. He wears exist in Alaska and Canada. a dense coat of barbed quills, helping to protect We may never know how this resilient creature him from predators. He does not shoot his quills came to be in our area, if he traveled here or was as previously believed; rather they detach easily perhaps released. California biologists are hoping from his body when touched, and the quills bethat he is successful in beginning a population, coming embedded in the unfortunate animal that but with a typical lifespan of 5 to 13 years, he attempts to tangle with him. may be running out of time to find a mate. PHOTO: WILL RICHARDSON
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Don't move a mussel Keep invasive invaders out of Lake Tahoe, regional water bodies BY MANDY FEDER
of aquatic invasive species is a serious concern in Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and other regional water bodies. When quagga mussels invade bodies of water, they clog power plant and public water intakes and pipes. They colonize pipes, constricting flow and reducing the intake in heat exchangers, condensers, firefighting equipment, and air conditioning and cooling systems.
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LEARN MORE Small mussels can get into engine cooling systems, causing overheating and damage. Deterioration of dock pilings increases when encrusted with mussels, as well as corrosion of steel and concrete, compromising structural integrity. Quagga mussels damage the ecosystems they invade. They feed by filtering water and removing large amounts of food, starving native species in infested rivers and lakes. The waste they produce accumulates and degrades the environment, using up oxygen, making the water acidic and producing toxic byproducts. These pollutants can be passed up the food chain if the mussels are consumed by wildlife. The primary way these invasive mussels spread is on boats and trailers or by commercial haulers. The microscopic larvae (veligers) can also be unintentionally transported in water held in live wells, bilges or bait buckets. Quagga mussels may inhabit fresh water at depths up to nearly 500 feet. They produce young that are too small to see with the naked eye. Newly settled young quaggas feel like fine sandpaper on smooth surfaces. Quaggas produce about a million new
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â€œ QUAGGA MUSSELS FEED BY FILTERING WATER AND REMOVING LARGE AMOUNTS OF FOOD, STARVING NATIVE SPECIES IN INFESTED RIVERS AND LAKES.
mussels in a spawning season that attach to aquatic plants, boats, motors, trailers and recreation equipment. They can be found on boat hulls, in bilges, live wells, motors, around trim tabs, transducers, along keels and on lower units and propellers. Quaggas can survive for approximately five days out of water. In 2007, the quagga mussel was discovered in the Western United States and is confirmed in Nevada, Arizona and California. The Tahoe Resource Conservation District, in partnership with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, instituted fee-based boat inspections in 2008 to prevent the introduction of invasive species like quagga and zebra mussels into the lake. The locust-like mollusks (and other invasives) could wreak havoc on Tahoe's environment and economy. In 2013, the Tahoe program inspected and certified more than 14,000 motorized watercraft that were free of invasive species. Since, other bodies of water such as Donner Lake have also instituted inspections. Knowingly transporting invasive species into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to monetary penalties.
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A new era at Edgewood South Shore golf course, the most famous at Lake Tahoe, adds lakeside hole as start of lodge project BY ANTHONY GENTILE
fter nearly a half - century
nestled on the shores of Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is entering a new era. The picturesque South Shore golf course is renovating three holes to make way for a new lodge - renovations that will bring the lake more into view. "It's an exciting time - it's the next step for this place," said Bryan Davis, Edgewood's Director of Marketing. Edgewood is renovating its seventh, eighth and ninth holes as the first step toward building a new lodge. When completed in 2017, the lodge will feature 154 rooms and 10 cabins, meeting facilities, a spa, an outdoor pool and the course's third restaurant.
"It's always been a goal of the company and the family to put a lodge here, and the timing is right for us to do that," Davis said. "It's a good time for the town for us to do that, and we're ready to go - our customers have been asking for it and now we're ready to do it." In the meantime, the golf course itself is getting a facelift just before the turn. The first wave featured the eighth and ninth holes - and includes the addition of a fourth lakeside hole. "It's what people come here for," Davis said. "When you get out into the meadow area, you can still look back and see the lake from those spots - but there's nothing like when you get to 16, 17 and 18. "Now we're bringing in nine." Now pushed against the shore, the par-4 ninth hole plays 400 yards from the back tees and 381 at tournament distance. About 50 yards shorter and with a less-pronounced dogleg right, the hole finishes on a green located a short distance from the lake. "It's still a slight dogleg right, but has a lakeside finish and it really opens up to the lake from the tee box compared to before," Davis said. "That's why golfers come here - there's nothing like getting out of your golf cart and looking out at that lake." The old ninth hole was rated the third most challenging at Edgewood. The new hole design takes away some of that difficulty, but adds a new obstacle. "We're not making the course that much easier because we're bringing some of the prevailing winds off the lake into that hole - it's more challenging than you think," Davis said." On that second shot into the green, there's wind you don't feel - but it's out there."
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The new ninth hole at Edgewood Tahoe adds a fourth lakeside hole to the course. It was renovated along with holes No. 7 and 8 to make way for the clubâ€™s new lodge, slated for completion in 2017.
In addition to offering golfers another chance to play alongside Lake Tahoe, the new ninth hole adds another lakeside viewing area during the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament held at the course each July. The 17th and 18th holes along the shore are the tournament's most popular spectator sites, and the renovated ninth hole offers a similar option on the front nine.
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“ THERE'S NOTHING LIKE GETTING OUT OF YOUR GOLF CART AND LOOKING OUT AT THAT LAKE.
BRYAN DAVIS - EDGEWOOD TAHOE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Edgewood’s most famous hole is its par-3 17th, which runs along the shore of Lake Tahoe. It is the top spectator spot at the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament held annually in July.
THERE'S MORE Below are some of the participants scheduled to compete in the 2015 American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe. The 26th annual event is scheduled from July 14-19, 2015, and will be broadcast on NBC. A view from the south of the 18th green at Edgewood, which finishes in proximity to Lake Tahoe.
"It will be another nice area over there," Davis said. "We've already talked to tournament directors and sponsors, and everybody is on board with what's been going on - we've made the adjustments." The eighth hole received a slight makeover, and plays similarly to its previous edition. The biggest differences include a shift in the fairway to take a tree out of play and an upgrade to the quality and location of the green. "That hole is still a great driving hole, and it will be a nice second shot into the green still protected by a bunker and some good mounding on the back side - there will still be some area to run the ball up," Davis said. "It should be a new, nice hole." The new eighth green offers more possibility for pin placements and makes the hole more challenging. Davis said it was in line for an upgrade even before the lodge project was launched. "It's a little larger and it's going to be a better green," Davis said. "The eighth green was going to be due for a little bit of an overhaul - it had built up some pretty severe slopes over the years." Renovations of the eighth and ninth holes were completed in time for the course's opening in May - the redesign of the seventh hole is slated for completion in spring 2016. It will add a different
aspect to the course while being adjusted to make way for the club's new entrance and parking facility. "The seventh hole is going to be good when it's done," Davis said. "All of our par 3s when you play from the whites or the blues are more or less the same yardage - we're going to add a little bit shorter par 3 with a few more challenges as far as bunkers and shotmaking ability." The redesign of the last three front-nine holes will shorten Edgewood, which will play around 7,400 yards after completion. During the planning and construction phases, the club consulted a team led by Tom Fazio - nephew of original course designer George Fazio - to ensure the new holes stayed consistent with the initial design. "They were instrumental in the redesign of all the holes to keep the consistency of the course and what's been done in the past," Davis said. "It's all consistent and fits with what's out there - we're not doing it in a vacuum." Once the seventh hole is finished, it will set the stage for Edgewood's new lodge. In discussion for years, the lodge is slated for completion in 2017. "It's been a long time coming, but the family has owned the land for more than 100 years and they've got time to make sure it's done right," Davis said.
Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP, won the 2014 tournament. Rypien also won the inaugural tourney played in 1990. Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Rodney Gorman earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Bush Center's Warrior Open last fall. Gorman is following in the footsteps of Chad Pfeifer, who led the tourney after the first round in his debut last year. Players scheduled to appear in 2015: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, former NFL quarterback John Elway, former NBA star Charles Barkley and comedian Larry the Cable Guy, among many, many more.
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OLD JAIL MUSEUM
10142 Jibboom St., Truckee. For tours and hours, contact The Truckee Donner Historical Society. 530-582-0893 | www.truckeehistory.org
TWENTY-MILE INTERPRETIVE MUSEUM ON DONNER SUMMIT DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK Completely renovation museum and visitor center at 12593 Donner Pass Road opening this June. 530-582-7892 | www.parks. ca.gov/?page_id=503
The Donner Summit Historical Society operates an interpretive museum along Old Highway 40, from the Eagle Lakes road in Cisco Grove to beyond Rainbow Bridge on Donner Summit. donnersummithistoricalsociety.org
11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Summer hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Closed on Monday. 530-587-KIDS (5437) | kidzonemuwseum.org
TRUCKEE RAILROAD MUSEUM 10075 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Next to the train depot. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and major holidays. truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com
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560 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Hours vary during summer, low seasons. 530-583-8717
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Composed of three historic estates, all listed on the National Registry of Historic Houses. Located on Highway 89, Emerald Bay Road, 2.5 miles north of South Lake Tahoe and 6.5 miles south of Emerald Bay. 530-541-5227
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3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. Hours vary. 530-541-5458 | laketahoemuseum.org
INCLINE VILLAGE & CRYSTAL BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The society’s latest exhibit is entitled “The Early Years” and tells the story of Incline Village and Crystal Bay from 1870-1970. Open daily; located in Starbucks building. www.tahoehistory.org
5000 Highway 28, Incline Village. Public tours May to October, open Tuesday-Saturday, tour times vary. 775-832-8750 | ThunderbirdTahoe.org
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13813 Alder Creek Road, Truckee. This campground has water, restrooms, hot showers, RV hookups, disposal, laundry facilities, volleyball, Ping Pong, horseshoes and wi-fi. 530-587-9462
The great thing about Lake Tahoe is outside of all our wonderful campgrounds, you can easily pitch a tent at many a public beach and enjoy a night camping and Sierra sunset-watching.
BOCA REST CAMPGROUND
Off the Interstate 80 Hirschdale exit in the Truckee area. The campground offers single-family sites, with a few located right along the waterfront. Most sites are fairly exposed with little to no shade, but are well-spaced, providing for plenty of separation between sites. Each site is equipped with a picnic tables and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. 530-265-4531
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Off the Hirschdale exit from Interstate 80 in the Truckee area. The campground offers singlefamily campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets are provided, but there is no drinking water available at the site. 530-265-4531
10100 Pioneer Trail, Truckee. This campsite can accommodate up to 40-foot-long RVs, has RV hookups, showers, restrooms and clubhouse. 530-587-3071
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12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. East end of Donner Lake, Truckee, off Donner Pass Road. This state park campground has water, restrooms, showers, swimming and space for RVs up to 28 feet long. 530-582-7892
Between Truckee and Tahoe City on Highway 89. The campground offers single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Swimming and access to the Truckee River. 530-265-4531
GRANITE FLAT CAMPGROUNDS
Between Truckee and Tahoe City on Highway 89. The campground offers several singlefamily sites, some of which are accessible. Seven sites are designated for tent-camping only. Each is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Swimming and access to the Truckee River. 530-265-4531
Four miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89. The campground offers multiple singlefamily sites for tent-only camping. Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. swimming. 530-583-3642
LAKE FOREST CAMPGROUND
One and a half miles east of Tahoe City off Highway 28, on Lake Forest Road. This campground has water, restrooms, swimming and a boat ramp. 530-583-3796
Highway 89 north of Truckee. The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Access to Prosser Creek Reservoir. 530-265-4531
In Truckee, off the Hirschdale Exit from Interstate 80. This large campground offers over 200 single-, double- and triple-family sites. Picnic tables, campfire rings and grills are provided, along with vault toilets and drinking water. There is a camp store onsite. 530-265-4531
Highway 89, 11miles north of Truckee. The campground offers single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. firstname.lastname@example.org Martis Creek Road off of Highway 267, 1 mile south of the Truckee Airport, south of Truckee. This campground operated by the Army Corps of Engineers has water and restrooms. 530-587-8113
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On Highway 431, 7 miles from Incline Village. Mount Rose contains single and double-family sites, as well as one triple-family site. Six of the single sites are for tent camping only. Picnic and utility tables, campfire rings, grills and food storage lockers are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water. Roads and parking spurs throughout the site are paved. 530-694-1002
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Truckee, off Prosser Dam Road north of Interstate 80. The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Swimming and access to a boat ramp on Prosser Reservoir. 530-265-4531
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Highway 89, 11 miles north of Truckee. This forest service campground has vault toilets and water must be taken from Sagehen Creek, which should be treated before use. 530-587-9281
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SANDY BEACH CAMPGROUND
6873 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista. This campground has water, restrooms, showers, RV hookups, swimming and can take RVs up to 35 feet long. 530-546-7682 401 Village Blvd. | Incline Village | Mon-Sat 1-5pm All proceeds support Pet Network’s animal rescue
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SILVER CREEK CAMPGROUND
Between Truckee and Tahoe City on Highway 89. The campground offers single-family sites, seven of which are designated for tent-camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Swimming and river access on the Truckee River. 530-265-4531
SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK
Highway 89, 8 miles south of Tahoe City. This state park campground has water, restrooms, showers, swimming, and can take RVs up to 30 feet. 530-525-7982
13813 Alder Creek Road, Truckee. This campground has water; restrooms, showers, RV hookups, laundry and can take up to 32-foot long RVs. 530-587-9462
TAHOE STATE RECREATION AREA In Tahoe City off Highway 28. The campground has 23 campsites with picnic tables, required-use food storage containers, and fire pits.
There are showers and bathrooms available for registered campers. Tahoe SRA does not have hook-ups or dump stations and is best for tent camping or the use of smaller trailers and RV’s up to 21 feet long. Swimming. 530-583-3074
UPPER LITTLE TRUCKEE
Highway 89, 12 miles north of Truckee. The campground offers single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. email@example.com
10068 Hirschdale Road, Truckee, CA. Off the Interstate 80 Hirschdale Exit, Truckee area. This RV campground has water, restrooms, showers, hook ups and laundry. 530-587-8282
Two miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89. This campground has water, restrooms, swimming and can accommodate up to 24-foot-long RVs. 530-583-3642
SOUTH SHORE BAYVIEW CAMPGROUND
11001 Highway 89, north of South Lake Tahoe, above Emerald Bay. This forest service campground has restrooms. 530-544-0426
CAMPGROUND BY THE LAKE
1150 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. This City of South Lake Tahoe campground has water, restrooms, showers, hookups bike trails and access to the lake and a boat launch. 530-542-6096
1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. Highway 89 and Jameson Beach Road, north of South Lake Tahoe. This campground has water, restrooms, showers and access to Lake Tahoe, a marina with boat rentals, a restaurant, general store and other options. 800-544-1801
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MEEKS BAY CAMPGROUND
Just above Highway 89 between South Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. This campsite offers room for RVs up to 21 feet and tent camping, no RV hookups. There are also restrooms and showers. 925-373-5700 Highway 89, 17 miles south of Tahoe City. This state park campground has water, restrooms, showers, group sites, swimming and a max RV length of 18 feet. 530-525-7277 Highway 89, 21 miles south of Tahoe City. This state park campground has water, restrooms, showers, swimming, and can take RVs up to 21 feet. 530-541-3030
FALLEN LEAF CAMPGROUND
2165 Fallen Leaf Road, South Lake Tahoe. This forest service campground has water; coin operated showers, restrooms, a general store and access to Fallen Leaf Lake. The site does not have RV hookups. 530-544-0426
760 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe. This campground has full RV hookups, tent sites, restrooms, showers, laundry, a general store and heated pool. 800-562-3477 or 530-577-3693
860 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe. This campground can accommodate up to 40-foot-long RVs, has full RV hookups, showers, restrooms, playground, store and laundry. 530-577-1653
7941 Emerald Bay Road off of Highway 89. This camp ground provides water, restrooms, showers, RV hookups, swimming, a boat ramp, and can take RVs up to 60 feet. 877-326-3357 or 530-525-6946 Emerald Bay Road off of Highway 89. No RV hookups, but the campground has showers, water and barbecue grills. 530-543-2600
Two miles east of Stateline on Highway 50. This campground has water, restrooms, tent and RV camping and access to the lake. 775-588-5562
1175 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe. West of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50. This campground offers RV and tent camping with full RV hook-ups, a general store, heated pool, playground and meeting facilities. 530-541-2222
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760 Highway 50 Zephyr Cove. Four miles northeast of Stateline on Highway 50. This campground offers water, sewer, electrical, TV and telephone hookups for RVs up to 40 feet long, as well as walk in campsites with access to laundry, restrooms, showers and vending. 775-589-4906
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THE T OUR INCLINE VILLAGE
This luxury village is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world. When you drive through, take Lakeside Drive to view the large estates that border the lake on the northeast side of the lake. Only five miles from the casinos, and 30 miles from Reno, Incline Village offers private beaches to its residents and some guests, and beautiful views of the West Shore.
Just west of Incline Village, Kings Beach sits atop Lake Tahoe. With easy access to Truckee, the casinos and the lake, Kings Beach truly lives up to its name. And it’s only going to get better. With $48 million in improvements scheduled to wrap up this year in the downtown corridor,
the future of Kings Beach will see easy access for visitors between the shopping areas and the recreation area, filled with volleyball courts, sandy beaches and barbecue spots.
Just north of Kings Beach on Highway 267, halfway between Truckee and the lake, Northstar is an up-and-coming resort area that is filled with summertime activities. Best known for its shopping (jewelry, kids’ clothing, outdoor gear, you name it) and its mountain biking, Northstar is perfect for an afternoon with the kids. Also home to the $300 million Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, and a multi millionredeveloped base area, Northstar will play host to a number of fun summer festivals and events.
The town of Truckee is the gateway to the lake. With a rich history of saloons, gunslingers and other wild west fantasies, it works hard to keep
little communities surrounding the lake — from the 25,000 people in South Lake Tahoe to the 250 in Carnelian Bay — have unique local identities they do not want to lose. This guide will help you understand where you are, as you tour beautiful Lake Tahoe. its local charm while playing host to the thousands of guests who stay in the area each year. With nearby Donner State Memorial Park and a downtown shopping area, Truckee can entertain visitors with some time on their hands. In the summer, the town comes out every Thursday in the downtown area to show off area merchants, share stories and hang out as a community.
Halfway between Truckee and the lake on Highway 89, Squaw Valley USA is best known as a great winter ski resort and home of the 1960 Winter Olympics. But the little-known secret is that Squaw’s summers are pretty fun, too. The Tram Car takes visitors up to the top of the mountain to enjoy wonderful lake views, a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and, on occasion, live music. The base area provides shopping and family activities, and plenty of parking.
Just a couple miles south of Squaw, Alpine Meadows is a mountain area that offers plenty of hiking, biking and exploring. Paired with a laid-back local feel, Alpine Meadows is worth a stop in the summer. And if you ski, definitely make a trip back for “Cornology” — what the resort calls its science of skiing spring snow.
On the northwest side of the lake, Tahoe City is a perfect little hamlet for visitors to enjoy the quiet of the lake while having plenty of entertainment options close by. With good restaurants and easy access to a public beach, Tahoe City has everything you need. Try the free Sunday afternoon concerts on the beach, and the best golfing deal around at Tahoe City’s nine-hole course.
On the West Shore just south of Tahoe City lies Homewood, a small winter ski resort that hosts concerts and other entertainment in the summer. Homewood is one of the most beautiful places to stay, as it is surrounded by oldgrowth elm and pine trees, and sits just yards from the lake. And if you get a chance, talk to some of the locals — they are the definition of “tight-knit community,” and you might learn a thing or two from them, especially about our curious bear population.
TAHOMA/ MEEKS BAY
This little neighborhood on the West Shore offers luxurious views of the lake, and great access to nearby state parks. Meeks Bay has its own fire station, one of the few developments other than homes in this classic Tahoe vacation spot.
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The largest of the cities around Lake Tahoe, South Lake has a large variety of entertainment options. The area’s biggest casinos bring in the area’s biggest acts (including Lady Antebellum last summer) so if nightlife is what you’re looking for, make a trip to South Lake. If you want to stay out of the car, South Lake is a bicyclefriendly designated community, so rent a bicycle and enjoy the region’s many scenic rides.
Just south of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers is a funky town that is home to many locals in the region. If you’re looking for a trip off the beaten path, try lunch or dinner in Meyers, and come back telling about the “real” Tahoe.
About one hour south of the lake, Kirkwood is a ski resort with plenty of summertime options, including shopping, lodging, biking, hiking and fly fishing.
Heavenly Village also offers shopping selections and gondola rides during the summer, and is perfect for a family. The gondola will take you to gorgeous views of the lake, and the hike back to town is perfect for those who are in shape — or want to be.
SAND HARBOR ZEPHYR COVE
Located on the southeast part of the lake, Zephyr Cove is a historic area. Businesses nearby offer a slew of fun activities, including cruises aboard the M.S. Dixie or Tahoe Queen, to horseback riding, to kayaking, parasailing or boating.
On the East Shore of Lake Tahoe, historic Glenbrook epitomizes the idea of rural and lake. Only 150 acres of the town have been developed, leaving homeowners and visitors undisturbed serenity and unique recreational opportunities.
With a sandy beaches, boat launches, picnic spots and access to world-class biking, hiking and fishing, it is no wonder Sand Harbor is one of the most popular spots on the lake. You can catch the Flume Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail nearby, while exploring the backcountry between Lake Tahoe and Carson City.
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Everything you need to know about the growing craft brewery scene at Lake Tahoe and Truckee
ake tahoe ' s beer scene has grown tremendously in the last two years, paralleling craft brew growth trends in the rest of the country with more than 3,000 breweries operating in the U.S. - at least 540 of those in California, the largest craft beer state in the U.S. For the first time in decades, North Shore, South Shore and Truckee all have at least one brewery, so take advantage of this explosive time and visit all of them this summer. By August, six Lake Tahoe-area breweries will quench the thirst of locals and visitors looking for the latest ales, lagers, sours and barrel-aged beers. And while the craft beer movement is not exactly new, it's certainly entering a new phase in the region.
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'BEER BRINGS US TOGETHER' South Lake Tahoe's newest brewpub, Cold Water Brewery and Grill, serves visitors new American cuisine and beers inspired by the region's bodies of water and recreational trails. Owner Debbie Brown thought of the name during a paddleboarding competition. After falling into Lake Tahoe, she realized how easily she could've died of hypothermia, and it inspired her to name the brewery after the freezing cold water. "When I first dreamt of owning a restaurant, I didn't think it would be a brewery," she said. Brown makes beer at home, like many other hobbyist homebrewers. To her, "beer equals community," so bringing together homebrewers and local beer drinkers at Cold Water makes South Lake Tahoe a better place. "We want to be the place where locals and visitors can come together to unwind, relax and
refuel," Brown said. "Beer brings us together; that's why it's a hot concept right now. Beer got big and has staying power because beer invites conversation." For that reason, Brown situated the dining room tables close together so strangers can bond and dissect their beer choices with each other. She also holds homebrew meetings and contests in the restaurant, giving beer geeks a chance to share their creations and learn from the professionals. Before Cold Water Brewery, Brown and Brewmaster Ryan Parker worked together at Stateline Brewery. Stateline Brewery opened in 2002 at Heavenly Ski Village in South Lake Tahoe. Here, imbibers will find four rotating ale and lager taps made in equipment adjacent to the bar. At Tahoe's longest running brewery, Brewery at Lake Tahoe on the South Shore, bar flies can watch beer brew behind the bar. Opened in 1992, this brewery specializes in beer, pizza and truly representing the locals' chill, friendly personality.
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BEHIND THE CURVE? On North Shore, two breweries cover the East and West corners: Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village, and Tahoe Mountain Brewery in Tahoe City and Truckee. Alibi Ale Works is the only brewery at Lake Tahoe without a kitchen. Instead, Alibi focuses on creating an inviting public house atmosphere with wellrounded ales. Joey Rzeplinski, a local carpenter, helped source and build the interior fixtures out of reclaimed wood and metal. Rzeplinski helped build wall trim from the fermenters' refinished shipping crates. The bar tables are made from trusses of a burned down house. The wood paneling is made from warehouse palettes. The bathroom floor is layered with laminated pennies. Kevin Drake and co-owner Rich Romo also created a quiet "living room" area with 1960s-era lounge furniture. This room feels totally different from the public house vibe. Eventually, it will feature moody lighting and a big-screen TV - and an outdoor beer garden. Alibi continues the trend of regional beers that resist the over-hopped West Coast IPA style
established in California and Oregon. Instead, they focus on well-rounded flavors with a solid malt backbone, hop aroma and flavor. Alibi makes one-off beers in smaller bung kegs. For example, they filled a keg with chopped ginger roots and pale ale to make a ginger-infused pale ale. They also fill used wine barrels to make sour beers. Drake said he's been watching the beer scene grow around Tahoe but noticed it stalled behind other regions in California and especially Portland, Ore., where he's from. "Tahoe is behind the curve," Drake said. Brown and Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Brewmaster Adam Thomas agree, saying there's plenty of room for growth, especially in comparison to northern California and Reno. The locals want a more robust beer scene, and the visitors expect it, Brown said, so now Brown, Drake, Thomas and the others can be part of creating that scene. Drake said the transient tourism, recent unpredictable weather and Great Recession slowed the opening of businesses geared toward locals. Most Tahoe businesses focus on visitors. But locals sustain small breweries, and visitors give them seasonal boosts. All agree that Tahoe could use
more locally made craft beer, and now is only the beginning.
THE LAKE TAHOE RENAISSANCE In Truckee, the folks at Tahoe Mountain Brewery barrel-age many of their beers. Their small taphouse and cramped brewery don't look like much. But the separate barrel room feels like stepping into another world - a world of beer imagination. This warehouse room is packed with about 300 barrels of various origins and size, including enormous French foudres (FOOD-ers), Elijah Craig, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. These barrels give Thomas immense flexibility and freedom to create various sour ales, bourbon-barrel stouts, farmhouse saisons and fruit beers in addition to more traditionally crafted beers. "We don't really have flagship beers," Thomas said. "I don't like to put up boundaries. We do what we want here." While Tahoe Mountain Brewing ages 300 barrels of beer, FiftyFifty Brewing in Truckee
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Adam Thomas, head brewer at Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., gives a tour of the Truckee barrel-storage room. Tahoe Mountain Brewing ages its beers in whiskey, cognac and wine barrels. The barrel room is filled with about 300 barrels, including large French foudres normally used for wine fermentation.
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TAHOE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 475 NORTH LAKE BLVD. TAHOE CITY 530-581-4677 TAHOEBREWING.COM We'll have our RECOLTE DU BOIS SERIES out and would recommend anyone passing through this summer to try and get their hands on it. It's a brettanomyces (a souring bacteria) conditioned saison aged in wine barrels for nine months. We have three different styles: Nine month (just the straight saison), Apricot and Peach. We age the beer and fruit together in the barrels to really blend all the flavors together. Another beer to look for is Hot Pants, a berlinerweisse. This beer is light and tart but very refreshing on a hot May day. SOURCE: ADAM THOMAS, BREWMASTER AT TAHOE MOUNTAIN BREWING CO.
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positioned itself as a boutique barrel aging brewery. The most well-known bottles come from FiftyFifty's Eclipse series - an imperial stout aged in various bourbon barrels (each bourbon is denoted by a colored wax seal on the bottle). Owner Alicia Barr, who's also the vice-mayor of the town of Truckee this year, said they export Eclipse to 16 states and five countries - a pretty wide area for a limited release. This summer, FiftyFifty will begin building a new production brewery to focus on their mainstay beers while the brewpub continues crafting specialty and seasonal releases. The larger production brewery will let FiftyFifty expand their presence outside the region. In a world full of craft beer choices, creating and meeting consumer demand means the difference between a prosperous brewery and one that closes forever. FiftyFifty started eight years ago as one of California's new wave of craft breweries and is considered part of the "old guard" in California. Still, FiftyFifty is young compared to the 22-yearold Brewery at Lake Tahoe, and even younger relative to the first craft brewery in America, New Albion Brewery, which opened in 1976. Nonetheless, over the last eight years, the
Brewer, Alyssa Shook, and assistant brewer, Joey Woodall, share a sampler glass of farmhouse saison taken straight out of the fermenter in the brewery at Fifity-Fifty Brewing Company in Truckee.
number of breweries in the region, state and country has doubled. Beer doesn't only appeal to Pabst-loving grandpas and snobby, mustachioed beer geeks, but any nose or tongue willing to experience something new. Beer expanded its flavors from a plain golden lager with low earthy bitterness to a huge range
of approachable flavors: soft traditional lagers, British porters, extreme bacterial sours, sweet milk stouts, spicy bitter hop bombs, heavy alcoholic barleywines, fruity pumpkin peach ales and any flavor in between. So whether you're a local or a visitor, now is the time to take a brewery tour around Lake Tahoe to taste the renaissance.
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150 Beers & Ales from around the World as well as premium beer on tap. A site glass shows the clarity and quality of the beer as it transfers from a fermenter to a keg. If the beer looks cloudy or full of bubbles, then the transfer must be stopped to protect the quality of the tap. Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village. tapped their first pale ale, seen here, in February.
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The TAHOE BLONDE Belgian ale, a refreshing take on a Belgian classic, starts with Bohemian Pilsner malt, Munich and American two row barley, Northwestern cascade hops, and a traditional Belgian yeast. We turn the flavor profile up by adding fresh great western juniper berries and sage picked locally at Lake Tahoe. The TAHOE CROSS is a classic West Coast IPA - big and bold and aggressive, and it leaves nothing behind, like skiing down the famous "cross" on Mount Tallac. Carmel, victory, and two row give this beer a big backbone to hold numerous pitches of Columbus, Magnum and Simcoe hops. We add Amarillo hops in the dry hop for that extra kick. SOURCE: DEBBIE BROWN, OWNER OF COLD WATER BREWERY AND GRILL PHOTO: XXXXXX
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11197 BROCKWAY RD. TRUCKEE 530-587-2337 FIFTYFIFTYBREWING.COM MISO HOPPY A golden beer in the English Summer Ale genre. Made with Soriachi Ace hops originally made for Sapporo Brewery in Japan. It is grown in Yakima Valley in Washington. Fresh lemon zest notes with herb undertones and a crisp finish make this beer light for easy drinking. SPRING FEVER Spring Fever is brewed with lemongrass, orange peel and honey. Super refreshing and smooth.
ECLIPSE BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL STOUT One of the most epic beer tasting experiences you will ever have; this is what you get when you take our Totality Imperial Stout and age it in oak bourbon barrels. That extra step adds a plethora of flavors to the already rich Imperial Stout. At first taste there is a large presence of dark chocolate, espresso and warmth from the alcohol of the beer. Oak barrel character then comes into play with hints of vanilla and coconut, followed by mild bitterness from the hops, and then a nice long lingering finish with hints of tobacco, dark dried fruit and more chocolate. Eclipse is a wonderful companion with dessert. SOURCE: FIFTYFIFTY WEBSITE
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BREWERY AT LAKE TAHOE 2544 LAKE TAHOE BLVD. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE 530-544-2739 BREWERYLAKETAHOE.COM WHITE-OUT-WIT Belgian White a refreshing wheat beer brewed with German barley, coriander and orange peel. "WOW!!!" That is the usual response from someone trying our Belgian Wit for the first time. BAD ASS ALE As our signature brew, the Bad Ass Ale is really a style of its own. Our brewers handcraft this ale to be the perfect balance between its malted barley and choice hops. Deep burgundy in color and high in alcohol, enjoying a pint of the Bad Ass is a real roller coaster ride. At first the pronounced hop flavor hits you smack in the mouth. Then, the crystal malts start to really work their magic on your palate, finishing with a smooth bitterness. WASHOE WHEAT ALE An unfiltered ale, it has a distinct wheat flavor and a slight hint of citrus. SOURCE: BREWERY AT LAKE TAHOE WEBSITE
STATELINE BREWERY 4118 LAKE TAHOE BLVD. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE 530-542-9000 STATELINEBREWERY.COM WHITE-OUT WIT Light unfiltered wheat beer brewed with Belgian and German wheat malt, orange peel and coriander. ACCLIMATOR IPA West Coast IPA. A big hoppy beer with a sweet caramel finish, deep orange-red in color. ACCLIMATOR ALE American style pale ale, coppery in color with mellow hops and a toasted malt finish. SOURCE: STATELINE BREWERY WEBSITE PHOTO: XXXXXX
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Eat your heart out Six new Tahoe-Truckee restaurants to dine, wine and a have a rockin' good time this summer
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and mellow living of Tahoe attracts people of passion, creativity and drive, and the region's prospering restaurant industry reflects the unique stories of old and new settlers alike. Our nationally and internationally trained chefs, skilled barmen and fervent proprietors draw visitors off the mountain and out of the waters to indulge in distinctive atmosphere and accomplished gastronomy. Of course, Tahoe and Truckee boast landmark establishments that will continue to lure their patrons back time and time again, only to send them home with another memorable culinary experience. In fact, many of the people who help make these landmarks great have gone on to open the restaurants on this list of nearly new dining spots, while still others are brand newâ€” at least to us. All of them are worth checking out as you eat your way from south to north around the lake and down the river. he thrilling adventure
AZUL LATIN KITCHEN 1001 HEAVENLY VILLAGE WAY SOUTH LAKE TAHOE IN HEAVENLY VILLAGE 530-541-2985 Visit South Lake Tahoe often and you've probably already indulged in one of Chef Mark Vaccaro's innovative culinary creations at Base Camp Pizza Co. If not, add that to your list. The head chef and part owner returned from a 20-month world tour with a sharpened skill set and plenty of inspiration, which he promptly poured into both restaurants with bold experiments of international flavors. Azul Latin Kitchen recreates the traditional fares of Mexico, Central and South America into a unique gastronomical experience by utilizing light and refreshing ingredients and the
techniques of many cultures. Before daybreak, fresh homemade sauces, salsas, and meats are already cooking, and the results are well worth the effort. A nacho mole thickened with plantains, beef cooked in banana leaves, and a Malaysian-Thai chicken curry reduction all play together in an impossibly perfect fusion of Asian and Latin American cuisine. "During colonization, a lot of the world's best spices, like cumin and coriander, were adopted and shared by cultures all over, except by us," says Mark. He's seeing to it that dishes like the Lomo Saltado Bowl and the Sonoma Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Flauta are putting an end to that nonsense. Settle into a comfy booth to enjoy the funky atmosphere with a fresh juice craft cocktail, and feast on imaginative tacos and tantalizing bowls.
2 GUNBARREL TAVERN AND EATERY 1001 HEAVENLY VILLAGE WAY SOUTH LAKE TAHOE IN HEAVENLY VILLAGE 530-542-1460 Gunbarrel Tavern and Eatery is Alex Cox's relatively recent venture following the success of Heavenly's. Situated beneath the gondola line with stunning views of the mountains, Gunbarrel's large outdoor patio hosts live music and a hip social vibe. As the temperatures dip down, gather around big fire pits with a cayenne-sugar rimmed Whiskylicious Martini or a hot signature drink and shared plates. The Old West inspired barroom is lined with long wooden tables knotted with character, rusted metal accents, and a mural nodding to that bygone era. While the vibe is Wild West, the food is New American and there's something for everyone. Start with the Crispy Pork Belly appetizer with brussels sprouts and pink lady applesauce, the Wild Boar Chili, or the Signature Nachos. Meat eaters love the Durham Ranch Bison Burger and the juicy free-range PBR Beer Can Chicken, with toasted faro, mushrooms and roasted chicken jus. For a decadent vegetarian comfort dish, try the Brie Grilled Cheese with arugula, tomato, caramelized onion and balsamic glaze on sourdough bread with house-seasoned chips.
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MOE'S ORIGINAL BBQ 120 GROVE STREET TAHOE CITY, ABOVE THE MARINA 530-583-4227 A revival of southern soul food with good music and a laid back atmosphere, Moe's has become an instant favorite. Eric Pilcher, Josh Wallick and Luke Dannals opened the first Moe's waterfront restaurant (there are 30 other "friendchise" locations) with a second floor venue that rocks the music scene and is already nearly booked for summer private events. Ski bums chasing the dream, these humble gentlemen can be found on the line cooking and having fun. Josh says, "Everything is made with our hands fresh every day, and we love doing it." And you'll love eating it. Tuscaloosa, Alabama-
style roasting brings out the meat's natural flavor, which they merely drizzle with homemade sauces and no apologies. "We think they're good just like that, no need to overdo the sauce," says Josh. "We want you to taste the meat." When the meat is so perfectly tender, it is easy to see why. The ribs will make
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10118 DONNER PASS ROAD TRUCKEE, IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN 530-587-3766 In the center of historic downtown, Truckee Tavern and Grill was much anticipated. The humble gentlemen behind its doors are some longtime local favorites: co-owners Ryan Dierks and Chris St. Martin, and Executive Chef Donavon Webb. All three worked together at beloved Cottonwood, and have moved on to build, by hand, their dream restaurant. Dimly lit, the dark wood, copper tables and dainty flower vases put you in the mood to be present, speak slowly
and sip decadently crafted cocktails. In honor of Truckee's prohibition days, "when the hillsides were painted with distillery fires," as Chris poetically promotes, the spirits list centers on whisky and gin. Using fresh herbs and juices, Ryan artfully concocts libations with names of 1920s and '30s movies and their stars, and serves them in gorgeous glassware. The menu focuses on high-quality meats simply prepared on a custom
wood fire grill. Plated in large portions, the meats, well-executed sides and appetizing starters inspire patrons to share and be social. Start with the charcuterie plate and the incomparable brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds, sliced apples, walnuts and balsamic. For mains, the organic roasted chicken is divine, and, of course, the 16 oz. ribeye is a big hit. Vegetarians aren't left wanting with fresh-made linguini and seasonal vegetables.
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GUIDE A hard eight tips on how to enjoy yourself at Lake Tahoe's casinos in a responsible way BY KEVIN MACMILLAN
T he concept that you can turn a single dollar into $100 with the pull of a handle on a slot machine or through the luck of a single number turning up when you spin the roulette wheel - there's just something about a game of chance that's too good for many of us to pass up. Wait. There's that pesky word: "luck." OK, so for that same "many of us," it's really all about luck. You might not even know what you're doing when you put a five-spot into a slot machine and win hundreds. Others will claim they know all the tricks when they sit down at a table game, yet they still come up empty. And still others will spend countless hours running the stats on why a sports bet is a "lock," only for that lovely thing about sports - the underdog to ruin a three-team parlay. In the end, it's mostly all about luck, and it's really not worth constant trips to the ATM and anxiously checking your account balance after each $100 bill to learn that lesson. Still, our Tahoe casinos are wonderful gems and worth a visit for gaming, dinner and perhaps a show, and so long as you don't lose sight of things, you can have a really fun time.
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Here are EIGHT TIPS from a local to make sure that happens - while also making it look like you (kind of ) know what you're doing:
1. DON'T SPLIT
When it comes to table games, blackjack is the most popular, and considering some casinos only charge a $5 minimum bet, you're bound to sit down for 40 bucks. Still, while splitting cards might seem fun, you almost never want to do it. The book says always split 8s, and in many cases, split 9s - and if it works out, great. But odds are, if you don't know what you're doing, you're going to ruin a flow of cards for others at the table by splitting. And, for goodness sake, never, ever split a pair of face cards or 10s - that will get the whole table giving you the evil eye quickly.
2. CASH OUT EARLY
Slipping some dollars in random slot and video poker machines is a fun way to spend a little bit of money and maybe snag a free drink or two. But these things are random (and, as some will tell you, worse than random), and as quickly as you might get that big win, you're bound to lose something like 20 of the next 22 spins. If you get a big hit early, you're better off cashing out while you're up, rather than losing it all and then stealing glances at the ATM machine that's only a few paces away.
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This one's simple - if you don't know how to play craps, then walk away. This is arguably the most confusing game in a casino, and odds are you're going to lose that $20 quickly and shuffle away wondering what just happened. Believe me, if you've ever seen the teeny-bopper 1990 movie "The Wizard" - starring Fred Savage and having plenty of footage shot in Tahoe, Truckee and Reno - it's never that easy to win $400 in 2 minutes.
6. SERIOUSLY - IT'S NOT A MOVIE Similarly, if you don't know what you're doing, it's best to not sit down at a Texas hold 'em poker table. Some of these people come to sit at the hold 'em tables to make a living and will be quick to take advantage of a rookie. And while some casinos don't allow no-limit, every game is high stakes. Think of Joey Knish grinding it out in the movie "Rounders" - and most likely, you're no Matt Damon. Stick to the penny slots.
7. KNOW YOUR BET AT THE BOOK 3. HERE'S A TIP - TIP
When you sit down to gamble, it won't take long for a cocktail waitress to show up by your side to ask if you'd like a complimentary drink. And if you're at a table or machine for awhile, having a good night, those waitresses will be back a few more times to take care of you. So do us all a favor and take care of them - throw them a few dollar chips here or there with each drink order. And while you're at it, if your blackjack or three-card poker dealer is putting you on a heater with great cards, it's customary to throw him or her a tip as well. Tahoe relies heavily on the service industry, and many of our locals make a living off of tips so why not help them out while you're here?
4. BLOWING SMOKE
Cigar and cigarette smoke will waft into your nostrils immediately upon entry into a casino. If you're a smoker, nothing wrong with that - but don't be that guy who puffs away at a table with no appreciation for your surroundings. Be mindful of that secondhand smoke and where it's going, and please, blow away from your neighbors and, especially, the dealers. They might not give you better cards, but they'll very much appreciate your discretion.
Sports betting will have even the most lax of sports fans screaming at the TV for that lastsecond touchdown or basket for a cash win. If you've never bet on sports before, no worries ... there will be people around to ask how to bet. But the cardinal rule is to know your bets before going to the window. Nothing can be more frustrating to seasoned bettors than an amateur taking up valuable time at the window on NFL Sunday mornings just minutes before kickoff. It's best to have it all figured out before you get to the counter - believe me, everyone will thank you.
8. WHEN THE FUN STOPS...
Of course, aside from the jokes and all these tips and pointers - and the countless others you can get online (or get told to you by some drunken buffoon at the craps table) - there's one that's more important than anything: When the fun stops. It's more of a slogan more than a tip, and unfortunately for some, it's been a forced lesson to learn the hard way. Just about as quickly as you smell cigarette smoke upon entry into a casino, you'll find kiosks with hundreds of pamphlets with that slogan emblazoned on the cover. They are there for a reason - if you think you have a problem, please seek help. Visit whenthefunstops. com for more information.
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THE SOUTH SHORE STRIP Hard Rock Hotel & Casino completes $60 million overhaul in 2015 STORY & PHOTOS BY MANDY FEDER
A statue of the late Joey Ramone is on display at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline.
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and an artfully regional guitar statue greets guests at the entrance to a revitalized and re-realized hotel and casino on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. About $60 million was poured into renovating the old Horizon Casino Resort creating the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which opened in early 2015. The South Shore strip has a rockin' new look and feel. The casino features 500 slot and video poker machines, 24 table games and an 82-seat race and sports book managed by William Hill. A 25-foot-high, 2,150-pound guitar sculpture created by local artist Terrence Martin turns 360 degrees so guests can take photos with any surrounding backdrop. Lights are tucked inside and below the piece to enhance the visuals at nighttime. Recycled windshield glass rocks sit at the base of the statue resembling the cool blue water of Lake Tahoe. "My intention was to create an iconic sculpture for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe that would both reflect the history and feel of Lake Tahoe," Martin explained. The Hard Rock boasts a 25,000-square-foot casino and four eateries. Park Prime offers steak and seafood, as well as a full bar with live music. The Fire Break Kitchen & Bar offers outside dining complete with patio heaters and gas fire pits. The 18-seat Oyster Bar, a 24-hour eatery, offers gumbo, pan roast and jambalaya. Additionally, The Center Bar is open 24 hours.
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On the north side of the casino area is a 2,000-square-foot music and entertainment venue, Vinyl. It neighbors Fuel, a coffee and snack shop. Displays include the famous Michael Jackson Bavarian crystal emblazoned glove, and memorabilia from superstars such as Buddy Holly, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Elton John, Yes, GWAR, Cracker, James Brown, Slightly Stoopid, Velvet Revolver, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, Sammy Hagar, Lenny Kravitz, and hundreds more. The venue was a favorite of Elvis Presley, who performed at the property (then known as the Sahara) 106 times. There is an 1,813-square-foot suite named after the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The revamped hotel and casino brought 500 jobs to the South Shore. Approximately 700 construction workers were hired for the remodeling of the property as well. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe originally opened as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe in 1965. In 1983, the hotel was given a Western theme and re-branded Del Webb's High Sierra Hotel. In 1990, it was sold to Columbia Sussex, which again re branded the hotel as the Horizon. In 2014, The Park Companies took over the property and started the multimilliondollar makeover. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opened on Jan. 28, 2015. According to Don Marrandino, senior vice president of operations for Warner Hospitality, an outdoor concert series will take place this summer, starting in late June and featuring six-to-eight shows. The series is scheduled to run through Labor Day weekend.
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Wedding cake by Flour Girl of South Lake Tahoe â€” flourgirlweddingcakes.com. Emily Williams, proprietor of Manzanita Glow, offers rentals of stunning and sturdy wedding arches and centerpieces made from manzanita that can be used au naturel or adorned with flowers or lights to create a natural ambience anywhere in Lake Tahoe. top right:
ie the knot at T ahoe in the region of natural wonder and beauty. Tahoe offers a variety of settings to accommodate intimate, rustic, elegant, formal, casual, active and eco-friendly weddings. There are tiny wedding chapels, beaches, mountains, grand halls, historic sites, cabins and hidden treasures to choose from, and everything for bachelor/bachelorette parties all the way to the honeymoon can be realized in the Tahoe Basin. Tahoe boasts an abundance of award-winning chefs, bakeries, florists and other specialists. There are endless possibilities for recreation such as hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, standup paddleboarding, waterskiing, swimming, wakeboarding, bike riding, parasailing, wildlife watching, camping, stargazing, golfing, fishing, concerts, gambling and sightseeing. Fine restaurants for catering and special meals surround the lake. Tahoe offers top-of-theline florists, photographers, decorators, bakers, musicians and wedding planners. In Truckee, Tahoe Donner recently received a Best of Weddings 2015 award by The Knot, a multimedia company headquartered in New York City that publishes content for couples planning weddings. This award is presented to the highest-rated wedding venues and professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. Bring your vision for your future to Tahoe and leave your jitters behind.
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Jim and Karin Block celebrate their love at D.L. Bliss State Park at Lake Tahoe.
A TAHOE WEDDING STORY It was a second marriage for Jim and Karin Block of Newark, Calif., and the combined families were all involved, right down to the man performing the ceremony and the young man playing guitar. They wanted to keep it simple, intimate and natural. On the lake's West Shore, Eagle Rock represents family, memories and a history at Lake Tahoe for the Blocks. Jim's father built the family vacation cabin near Eagle Rock in the 1960s. On Sept. 12, 2010, a group of approximately 40 family members hiked about a mile and a half to witness Jim and Karin exchange vows at their favorite spot overlooking Lake Tahoe. Jim's mother was on a walker. In areas with rough
The Block wedding was held at Eagle Rock in the area of Tahoe City.
terrain, she was carried by the group. Eagle Rock is an eroded, dormant volcano. The hike leads up and across the enormous volcanic rock formation. From the top are panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. "It's a very special place. We can still visit where we got married and enjoy the hike and the views," Karin said.
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GET YOUR Lake Tahoe and Truckee have vibrant music scenes featuring local, regional and world-class acts entertaining enthusiastic crowds. The music scene gets especially lively in the summer, when temperatures heat up and all of Tahoe becomes a stage. Here’s just a taste of some the musical treats on tap for summer 2015. Be sure to contact each venue throughout the summer for updates to their ever-evoking schedules.
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May 27: The London Souls May 29: Metal Band, hair band tribute May 30: Golden Gate Wingmen June 5: Keyser Soze June 19: Wild Child, Doors tribute July 3-4: Dirty Bourbon River Show July 10: Earphunk July 18: Tainted Love July 29: Zach Deputy Aug. 7: The B Side Players Aug. 8: Diego’s Umbrella
July 20: Reno Philharmonic Orchestra: Broadway on the Beach Aug. 3: Mindi Abair Aug. 17: Reno Philharmonic Orchestra: Beatles at the Beach Sept. 5: Reno Jazz Orchestra Sept. 12: Trails & Vistas World Concert
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HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
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Dave Matthews Band closes out the annual summer concert series at Harveys Lake Tahoe on Sept. 9.
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MAY M AY- O C T O B E R Sunday Family Fun Days All day. Free golf for kids, 3" and 8" cups, shorter kid-friendly tees, and a 3-hole putt putt course at the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course. Must be accompanied by a paying adult. GolfIncline.com
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M AY- O C T O B E R Wednesday Night Skins Games 4-6 p.m. Put your golf game to the test for the chance to win money every Wednesday at the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course. Skins paid individually for gross skins. GolfIncline.com
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M AY 8 - S E P T E M B E R 2 5 Farmers Market at The Tahoe Biltmore Fridays. Shop for fresh organic fruits and vegetables, handmade soy candles, bath products, and more from local and family operated farms at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. laketahoemarkets.com
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July 2 - J uly 4, 2015
M AY 3 0 Tahoe Cup Paddleboard Race at Donner Lake 9 a.m. start. Five-mile SUP race for men and women of all ability levels that circumnavigates Donner Lake. tahoecup.org
JUNE J U N E 5 Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center Preview Gala 7 p.m. Sneak preview and personal tour of the museum exhibits before the official opening, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dinner and auction. sierrastateparks.org J U N E 6 - 7 The Little Big 8:30 a.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Sunday. Ridestyle event weekend for women featuring music, food trucks, dual-slalom race, jump jams, cross-country race, and pump track races at the Truckee Bike Park. thelittlebigattruckee.com J U N E 6 Donner Memorial State Park Visitor’s Center Grand Opening Featuring state and federal dignitaries, Native American dedication ceremony, historical reenactments and activities for the entire family. sierrastateparks.org J U N E 6 Soroptomist Wine and Restaurant Faire 5 to 7:30 p.m. Known as the "oldest and best wine and restaurant tasting around," at Coyote Moon Golf Course in Truckee. sitruckeedonner.org J U N E 6 Truckee Day Town-wide street clean up and civic-pride day. Then, join friends and neighbors at town-wide block party starting at noon at Truckee River Regional Park. Crew check-in 8 a.m. truckeeday.org
Fun for the whole family! See the complete schedule of daily events at the website:
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JUNE 8-12; JUNE 15-19; J U LY 6 - 1 0 Get Golf Ready Series Times vary. Are you new to golf or returning after many years? Get Golf Ready covers all the basics in just five lessons at the Incline Village Golf Courses. Cost: $129 (includes clubs). GolfIncline.com JUNE 11-AUGUST 20 Truckee Thursdays 5-9 p.m. weekly. Street festival in Historic Downtown Truckee features arts and crafts, farmersâ€™ market, live music, food vendors. truckeethursdays.com J U N E 1 3 - 1 4 Tough Mudder Boasting some of the steepest, fiercest climbs and most rugged, rocky crosscountry trails in America, Mother Nature and the Tough Mudder course design team collaborate to tumultuously test your threshold for pain at Northstar California Resort. ToughMudder.com
JUNE 18-AUGUST 6 Nine & Wine Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. 9-hole scramble followed by wine tastings and appetizers at the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course. GolfIncline.com J U N E 2 0 10th annual Tahoe City Wine Walk Noon to 4 p.m. Shop and explore Tahoe City along its scenic, lakeside sidewalks while tasting wines and sampling delicious morsels from acclaimed Tahoe restaurants and caterers. TahoeCityWineWalk.com JUNE 21-AUGUST 16 Thrill & Grill 3 p.m. Sundays (no event Aug. 2). Start out with a Build-Your-OwnBloody, play 9-holes of golf with silly rules, and then enjoy a BBQ dinner and drinks at the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course. GolfIncline.com
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J U N E 2 2 - 2 6 ; J U LY 6 - 1 0 ; J U LY 1 3 - 1 7 ; J U LY 2 0 - 2 4 ; A U G U S T 3 - 7 Junior Golf Summer Camps 1 p.m. Introduce kids, ages 5 to 17, to golf or help them improve at the Incline Village Championship Golf Course. Topics include: swing fundamentals, golf fitness, rules, golf etiquette, and sportsmanship. GolfIncline.com
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J U N E 2 4 - 2 8 USA Cycling National Championships Race events will go through Historic Downtown Truckee. Event is made up of multiple races, including an individual time trial, tandem time trial, a criterion, and road races. usacycling.org/2015/amateurroad-para-nationals
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J U N E 2 6 - 2 8 Senior Tournament USTA sanctioned tournament for ages 35+. Men's, Women's, Singles, Doubles at the Incline Village Tennis Center. InclineTennis.com
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J U LY J U LY 2 - 4 Red, White and Tahoe Blue Annual Fourth of July celebration in Incline Village features Wine & Cheese event, annual parade, Grand Funk Railroad concert, Reno Philharmonic show in tune with fireworks, and more. redwhitetahoeblue.org J U LY 3 Fireworks & Beach Party 4-10 p.m.. Kings Beach Party includes food, beverages, music, contests and games; no entrance fee at North Tahoe Event Center. Kings Beach skies light up with dazzling fireworks at 9:30 p.m. NorthTahoeBusiness.org
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J U LY 4 Firecracker Mile 9:30 a.m. One mile fun run and elite run for people of all ages through Historic Downtown Truckee. truckeefunrun.com
J U LY 9 , J U LY 1 6 , A U G U S T 6 Starlight Cinema Summer Movie Series Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy fun family movies outside this summer at Aspen Grove in Incline Village. $3 admission includes popcorn and a drink. InclineRecreation.com
J U LY 4 Truckee Fourth of July Parade 10 a.m. Right after Firecracker Mile, enjoy an All-American parade through Historic Downtown Truckee. truckeechamber.com
J U LY 1 0 - A U G . 2 3 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Two-show season in 2015 features live performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Fantasticks!” on nearly nightly basis at Sand Harbor State Park on the shores of Lake Tahoe. laketahoeshakespeare.com
J U LY 4 Truckee Fourth of July Fireworks 9 p.m. At West End Beach, Donner Lake. Day-long activities for residents only by advanced ticket sales. tdrpd.com
J U LY 1 0 - 1 2 Incline Open Fun tennis competition with barbecue and prizes for players levels 3.0-5.0. Men's, Women's and Mixed, Singles and Doubles at the Incline Village Tennis Center InclineTennis.com
J U LY 4 Run to the Beach 5K or 10K 7 a.m. Run, walk or stroll the 5K or 10K course, starting at the North Tahoe Regional Park. The finish is on the beach at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. tahoetrailrunning.com
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Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Country Cafe Fishing lessons and guided tours Wildflower walks & history treks Bird watching & stargazing classes Outdoor art classes We can also help arrange horseback rides, kayaking, mountain bike rides and road cycling tours.
Come join us for a cozy meal, outdoor adventure, or an extended relaxing stay! 14255 Highway 88, Hope Valley, CA • Reservations: 800.423.9949 or 530.694.2203 See our website for the Summer Calendar of Events: www.SorensensResort.com
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J U LY 1 1 Jam from the Dam 9 a.m. Race No. 2 of the Tahoe Cup Standup Paddle series starts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, finishing at Watermanâ€™s Landing in Carnelian Bay for a 6-mile point to point race. tahoecup.org J U LY 1 6 - 1 9 Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival Wanderlust brings together the worldâ€™s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs and thrilling performers weaving together an experience that surprises and delights. Michael Franti and Thievery Corporation headline. wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley J U LY 1 6 - 2 6 TOAST to Truckee's Creative Community 10-day creative event throughout town of Truckee featuring interactive exhibits and behind-the-scenes access to artists. Signature event: Truckee Open Art Studios Tour (July 17-19 and July 24-26). creativeTruckee.org J U LY 1 7 - 1 9 Truckee Antiques Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Thousands of quality antiques and unique collectibles, all for sale at Truckee High School. tbcashow.info/truckee
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J U LY 2 5 - 2 6 Donner Lake Triathlon The favorite triathlon of many athletes. Event includes the Donner Lake Kids Triathlon and Donner Lake Half Triathlon. donnerlaketri.com
AU G U S T A U G U S T 8 East to West Run the Sierra Crest 50k, 30k and 10k trail run from Tahoe Donner to Auburn Ski Club. The only distance trail event to cross the Sierra Crest. auburnskiclub.org A U G U S T 8 Incline Village Water Carnival 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy giant inflatable water slides, slip and slides, water games and more at Village Green, across the street from Incline Village Recreation Center. InclineRecreation.com
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A U G U S T 7 - 8 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Experience the bygone era of the world’s most beautifully crafted wooden power boats at Obexer’s Marina in Homewood. Gar Wood, Hacker Craft, Riva, Chris Craft and other top brands will be on display. LakeTahoeConcours.com A U G U S T 1 4 Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddleboard Festival 3 p.m. Hula dancers provide traditional dances of Polynesia to open festivities, followed by a 10- mile distance race, and subsequent demos and clinics throughout the day in Kings Beach. tahoenalu.com A U G U S T 1 4 - 1 6 USTA Lake Tahoe Tournament Incline Village Tennis Center hosts this annual tournament for USTA members. Men's, Women's, Singles, Doubles and Mixed levels 2.5-5.0. InclineTennis.com
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A U G U S T 2 9 Castle Peak 100K Inaugural event 100K run from Emigrant Trail to Donner Memorial State Park. The course will cross many historical points of interest. castlepeak100k.com
S EP T E M B ER S E P T E M B E R 1 1 Community Table 2015 The 2015 Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation annual fundraiser at the historic Shakespeare Ranch in Glenbrook featuring an exclusive gourmet dinner by Chef Roland Passot, owner of San Francisco’s famed La Folie. parasol.org/community SEPTEMBER 11-13 30th Anniversary Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Celebrity chefs, hands-on cooking demonstrations, Farm to Tahoe dinner, winemaker luncheons and dinners, food and wine seminars, and mixology, all topped off with the Sunday Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting at Northstar California Resort. TahoeFoodandWine.com
SEPTEMBER 12-19 Trails and Vistas This year there will be art hikes on Spooner Summit and Donner Summit celebrating Art, Earth and Sky. trailsandvistas.org S E P T E M B E R 1 3 Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race 9 a.m. Grand finale of the Tahoe Cup Series. 22-mile point-to-point race from Camp Richardson at South Lake Tahoe, finishing at Kings Beach State Recreation Area at North Lake Tahoe. 9 a.m. start. tahoecup.org S E P T E M B E R 2 0 Ironman Lake Tahoe and 70.3 Triathlon With more than 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike course, added to the challenges of a 2.4-mile swim and marathon, Ironman Lake Tahoe is arguably the world’s toughest course. IronmanLakeTahoe.com
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SEPTEMBER 12 Tahoe Sierra Century Ride the Tahoe Sierra Century and experience challenging hill climbs and spectacular views along Lake Tahoe and over the summit of the Sierra. Choose 30, 60, or 100 mile routes. tahoesierracentury.com SEPTEMBER 12-13 Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on Bridge Street at Donner Pass Road, booths are set up down the middle of the street in Historic Downtown Truckee. pacificfinearts.com
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O C T O B E R 2 - 4 Donner Party Hike Hikers can travel the footsteps of early emigrantsâ€™ journey across the Sierra Nevada. Several different hikes offered Saturday with a relaxed walking tour Sunday. donnerpartyhike.com OCTOBER 9-10 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, among other subjects at Community Art Center in Truckee. mapf.org O C T O B E R 1 5 - 1 6 Truckee Historical Haunted Walking Tour Celebrating local legends and history in Historic Downtown Truckee. truckeehistorytour.com
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NO VEM BER N O V E M B E R 1 2 Passport to Dining 6-9 p.m. Enjoy up to 35 local gourmet food, fine wines, micro brews and spirits tasting stations, a silent auction featuring Northern California Getaway packages and a raffle at North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. $40 advance tickets available online. NorthTahoeBusiness.org
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J U N E 7 America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride Nearly 3,000 cyclists from throughout the United States will compete in the 24th annual bike ride around the lake, sponsored by Bike the West and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. bikethewest.com/ambbr
M AY 3 0 - 3 1 A N D J U N E 5 - 7 Valhalla Renaissance Faire Seven acres of continuous entertainment across four stages, including scores of local merchants and more than 1,000 actors at this family fun event across two weekends at Camp Richardson. valhallafaire.com
JUNE 17 TO AUGUST 26 Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival Families, art and music lovers, and history buffs can expect a spectacular season of entertainment on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe for the 36th annual festival, spanning several days and nights. ValhallaTahoe.com J U N E 1 9 - 2 8 Lake Tahoe Adventure Sports Week Adventure Sports Week is a 10-day event featuring human powered sports, music and film. adventuresportsweektahoe.com
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J U N E 2 0 Rock Tahoe Half Marathon Starts at Spooner Summit and drops more than 1,000 feet as it winds its way down Highway 50 along the East Shore to a finish line directly in front of the brand new Hard Rock Lake Tahoe at Stateline. epictahoe.com J U N E 2 7 T O 2 8 Race the Lake of the Sky The premier paddleboard race at Lake Tahoe blasts off at El Dorado Beach and offers free viewing and vendors, food booths, and music throughout the weekend. racethelakeofthesky.com
JULY J U LY 4 Lights on the Lake Fireworks NBC's Today show recognizes the South Shore's Lights on the Lake Fireworks display as one of the country's top Independence Day displays. LTVA.org
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J U LY 1 4 - 1 9 American Century Championship The 26th annual premier celebrity golf tournament, which also raises funds for local and national charities, is a 54-hole modified Stableford format that features some of sports' and entertainment's greatest celebrities. tahoecelebritygolf.com J U LY 2 4 - 2 5 Wooden Boat Classic Presented each year by the Antique & Classic Boat Society of Northern CA/Lake Tahoe Chapter, this year's theme is ‘50s & Fins,’ which will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959, at Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club. tahoewoodenboats.com
A U GU S T A U G U S T 8 - 9 Great Gatsby Living History Festival The Gatsby Festival is quite the affair at Tallac Historic Site. Vintage car shows, music and a Gatsby-era fashion show at the historic Pope and Baldwin estates. Food and Pope House tours, face-painting and wandering jugglers. tahoeheritage.org
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Paradise is found, where Lake Tahoe and the surrounding snowcapped mountains come together. Hidden Cove Estate awaits you at this intersection with over 381' of shoreline in the prestigious gated community of Glenbrook, Nevada. Designed with both form and function in mind, this luxurious one-of-a-kind estate boasts a gorgeous main house sunroom with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe’s crystal blue waters. The estate includes a three car garage, over 150' steel pier with boat lift, swimming cove, two buoys, water rights and a lavish guest house with its own sparkling lake views and two car garage. In addition, included in the sale of the property is a 1.28 acre build-able lakefront parcel, which in itself is a rare gem. This peaceful and tranquil setting has an abundance of year round wildlife for constant pleasure and entertainment. The Glenbrook community has a guardhouse, 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse, and much more. Hidden Cove Estate—without exception—the best of the best.
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A U G U S T 2 3 Lake Tahoe Triathlon Held annually at Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point California State Park on the West Shore, this event and race feature spectacular courses and views, including a sprint, Olympic and half Ironman distance race. laketahoetri.com
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S E P T E M B E R 6 Sample the Sierra The event brings together local chefs/ restaurants with neighboring growers/ producers to turn out scrumptious samples craftily paired with the appropriate wine or brew, at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. samplethesierra.com S E P T E M B E R 6 Labor Day Weekend Fireworks This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes and designs, and it features a simultaneous music broadcast. LTVA.org S E P T E M B E R 1 3 Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue The 13th annual tour is your chance to ride around Lake Tahoe at summer's end on a bicycle, offering fresh mountain air, incredible scenic beauty, great food and entertainment, all in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. bikethewest.com/tour-de-tahoe
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O C T O B E R 3 Fall Fish Fest 10 a.m. Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in a free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California. 530-543-2674 O C T O B E R 8 - 1 1 : Lake Tahoe Marathon Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has grown into a premier, 3-day running festival, attracting thousands of athletes and visitors each year. laketahoemarathon.com
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Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival Northstar California, July 3
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Lake Tahoe Music Festival August 18-22
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Incline Spirits & Cigars..................................125
Ann Nichols & Co........................................155
Incline Vacation Rentals...................................41
IVGID Golf & Tennis, Resort..............................91
Barton Memorial Hospital..............................108
Spartan Race - Squaw Valley............................31
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Beach Retreat & Lodge at Lake Tahoe.................44
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Lake Tahoe.................67
Lake Tahoe Cigar Company...........................159
Sugar Pine Gifts.............................................66
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Lake Tahoe...............129
Lake Tahoe Cruises & Zephyr Cove Resort...........43
Lake Tahoe Markets, LLC..................................65
Blue Angel Cafe..........................................131
Lake Tahoe School..........................................95
Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling................................17
Boomtown Casino & Hotel.............................137
Lake Tahoe So. Shore Chamber......................141
Lake Tahoe SummerFest, Resort.......................149
Lake Tahoe Yoga............................................53
Camp Richardson & Beacon Restaurant..............13
Lakeshore Realty Associates................................4
Camp Richardson & Beacon Restaurant............140
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Ski Run Boat Company....................................57
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Lakeside Inn & Casino...................................130
Chase International/No. Lake Bonanza...........165
Lasher Auto Group..........................................59
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League to Save Lake Tahoe..............................38
Tahoe Sailing Charters..................................107
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Tahoe Sport Fishing........................................42
Matt Gelso Real Estate....................................33
Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum..................111
Montbleu Resort & Casino..................................6
Tahoe Oil and Spice.......................................65
Coldwell Banker McKinney & Assoc & Rentals...160
The Chart House..........................................141
Mountain High Deli......................................125
The Getaway Cafe.......................................121
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Monte Vista/Highland Estates..........................45
The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe.............................15
Craig Zager - Coldwell Banker Select
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The Studio Lake Tahoe.....................................37
Northstar at Tahoe............................................1
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Destination Tahoe Meetings & Events................147
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Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation..............103
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Pet Network Humane Society.........................109
RB Waterfronts, LLC......................................157
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Gateway Urgent Care...................................112
Red White & Tahoe Blue Inc...........................155
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Scott Wadsworthâ€”Re/Max Realty..................109
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High Altitude Fitness........................................51
Sierra Nevada College.....................................2
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Incline At Tahoe Realty...................................110
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Incline Boat Storage & Marine..........................42
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HOME SITES FROM THE $300’S. MOUNTAIN LODGES FROM THE $900’S. CUSTOM HOMES FROM $1.4 MILLION. SCHAFFERSMILL.COM Some of the recreational amenities described above are proposed and not yet built. Access to and use of the recreational amenities are not included in the purchase of homesites and require separate club membership. The information provided in this advertisement is strictly for informational purposes and shall not be construed as an offer in California or any other jurisdictions that prior registration or other advance qualification of real property is required. This is not an offer to sell property to, or a solicitation of offers from any state that requires prior registration or qualification of real estate. Obtain the Property Report or its equivalent required by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No Federal or State Agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property.
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