Wooden boats and rubber rafts = summertime fun.   Leave a comment

While the Olympics are spectacular, this is summer in the Sierra. Set the DVR and get thee down to the water.  Here are two good options:

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Concours d,Elegance.

Wooden boat. Just the words evoke warm memories of long ago summer evenings on Lake Tahoe. Fortunately, the tradition of wooden boats can still be found at the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance, August 10th and 11th at Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay. Nearly one hundred of North America’s best loved and best maintained wooden boats will be on display at the show. This year’s marque class will be the Italian built Riva Aquarama. With over 30 Riva’s at the show it will be the largest collection of Riva’s ever to appear together in North America. In addition to providing an opportunity to see these beautiful marvels of mahogony, the Concours d’Elegance is also an occasion for a variety of social events including an opening night gala, awards BBQs, and luncheons. Check out all the details at: www.laketahoeconcours.com or call 775-851-4444 Show Times: Friday, August 10th from 10-4:30 and Saturday August 11th from 9-4 PM. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for one day, $35 for two-days if paid in advance, $30 and $40 if purchased the day of the show.

Rafting down the Truckee.

Heading down the Truckee River from just below Fanny Bridge to the big party at River Ranch on a raft is one of the Tahoe area’s most popular summer activities. The water is warm and inviting and the river can be whatever you want it to be: Relax and enjoy the scenery, or join your friends and party hearty. You can save a few bucks by bringing your own raft and arranging for a shuttle, or you can take advantage of Truckee River Taxi’s new shuttle service this year. For a reasonable fee rafters can catch a ride from River Ranch back to their car in Tahoe City, contact them at www.truckeerivertaxi.com or call.386-3935. Or you can let someone else take care of everything for you by renting a raft from one of the two rafting companies. I recommend recommend Truckee River Rafting, 583-1111 http://www.truckeeriverrafting.com, owned by a fellow North Tahoe High School grad, whose father started the company while I was still in high school. No matter how you get down the river, be sure and take the float, it is always a highlight of a Tahoe-Truckee summer.

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