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Happy 4th of July at Lake Tahoe and Truckee!   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

The summer season at the Lake Tahoe Basin is officially kicking off this week. Lots of Food, Fun and Festivities are scheduled throughout the area, so be sure to put these on your calendar.

 

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4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

July 2-4th. Incline Village hosts Red, White and Tahoe Blue, 3 days of celebrations including Wine and Cheese tasting, a day on the Village Green and The Reno Philharmonic concert set to the fireworks and more.  For information and to purchase tickets, go here: redwhitetahoeblue.org

July 3rd. Kings Beach does their annual Beach Party on July 3rd from 4-10 p.m, with food trucks, beer/wine/mixed drinks garden, music and activities planned. The event is free, but if you don’t want to fight the crowds for a prime seat, they offer preferred seating for the fireworks display for a nominal fee. For more information, go here: NorthTahoeBusiness.org

July 4th. Tahoe City hosts their annual fireworks display on July 4 on Commons Beach. This year’s theme is Bell Bottom Beach Bash. Food, music and activities scheduled before the fireworks show. For more info, go here: www.visittahoecity.org/events/

July 4th. Truckee kicks off the July 4th celebration with their annual parade along Donner Pass Road between Hwy 89 S and Old Downtown at Bridge and Church Street. (Plan to use West River Street if you need to get around, as Donner Pass Road will be closed to through traffic.) The Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Donner Lake. The Truckee Donner Community Parks District is hosting their annual fireworks event on the West End Beach. Tickets available to Truckee homeowners and residents, with food, music and activities throughout the day. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Not a resident? Not to worry. You can view the fireworks from some of the many public piers along the lake as well as at the lookout on old Hwy 49.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go here: tdrpd.com

 

Photo from visittahoecity.org

Photo from visittahoecity.org

 

A word to the wise. Walk or bike to your preferred viewing venue if possible, as traffic can be a nightmare. Plan for long, car conga lines and delays. Be sure to have a flashlight to find your way back in the dark if you’re hoofing it. Bring a jacket. It’s hot during the day and has been hot lately in the evenings, but that’s not the norm. Temperatures can drop dramatically once the sun goes down, so plan accordingly. Wear lots of sunscreen. DO pack a picnic. If you bring alcohol, decant into plastic containers. No one likes broken glass on the beach and some places will not allow any glass items entirely.

Activities throughout the area abound this week, but sometimes, just lazily relaxing on the beach while surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra’s just can’t be beat.

And most of all, be safe, and have fun!

 

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Go Take A Hike, Part 6. Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

With all the rain we’ve had and the continuation of snow melt, now is the time to hike the favorite trails along the local waterfalls before they dry up for the summer.

Just off Highway 89 south at Emerald Bay is the Eagle Falls Trail head. This is a great hike to start getting your summer hiking legs back, as it isn’t a very long hike, nor too overly strenuous. It’s perfect for spring conditions and spectacular photo ops.  Dogs love it and older kids should handle it just fine too.

You’ll wander up California State Park made granite stairs that are interspersed with dirt trails as you wind your way up to Eagle Lake, following Eagle Falls the entire way. (I kept thinking of the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ the whole time we were doing it. Heaven it was…)

 

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

 

Turn your view back down the falls to the east, and you will see Emerald Bay, the rest of Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe in the distance. The narrow inlet into Emerald Bay looked so shallow, one might be able to wade across it to the other shore. We’ll have to try that when we do our next hike in the area. It can be accessed from the Rubicon Trail out of DL Bliss State Park, (Go Take A Hike, Part 3 )

… or the hike from the Emerald Bay parking lot down to Vikingsholm. (Future blog post to come on that hike!)

 

 

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

 

The Trail splits. Veer to the right and wander up another couple of hundred yards to Eagle Lake.  As I recall, the trail doesn’t continue all the way around the rest of the lake …unless you want to bushwack it. It was time for us to turn around anyway, as there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us elsewhere.

 

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn't do the lake justice!

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn’t do the lake justice!

 

Another perfect day at Lake Tahoe. Now it’s time for a tasty beverage on the deck at Sunnyside Resort on the way home.  I told you there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us!  And you sure can’t beat this view!

Have you fallen in love with Lake Tahoe yet? If so, call Lynn Richardson to find you the perfect Lake Tahoe or Truckee home!

 

The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

 

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Truckee Thursday!   Leave a comment

by Tim Hauserman

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Every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm between now and August 20th the heart of downtown Truckee is closed to cars. Instead you will find food trucks, a beer garden with a live band, a farmers market, an arts faire with dozens of booths full of interesting hand made and local items, and a whole lot of happy people.

At Truckee Thursday you can eat tacos and sliders and tater tots covered with lamb, then follow it up with a chocolate dipped ice cream bar. Getting thirsty? They got homemade lemonade and beer. You can check out clothing, and earrings, and photographs. You can buy a book, a shirt, a painting and anything else that mike strike your fancy as something you need to adorn your house, body or mind. You can dance to the music, and sometimes dance to the sounds of the trains roaring just a few feet behind the band. But mostly, you can spend a warm summer night slowly strolling through the crowd, and experiencing Truckee’s awesome meet and greet with an eclectic mix of locals, second-home owners and visitors.

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Every age demographic finds Truckee Thursday as a meeting spot. The littlest ones are bouncing in the bouncy houses. The tweens and teens are standing around trying to look cool and aloof while watching a couples yoga performance or a magic trick. Some of the folks from 21 and up are in the beer garden rocking out, while everyone else is eating, chatting with friends, and enjoying the fine splendor of the night.

Parking at Truckee Thursday is at a premium. There is a large dirt parking lot across the railroad tracks from the event, as well as several parking areas to the east of the closed off road section. Donner Pass Road is closed between Spring Street and Bridge Street, and anytime after five it’s best not to attempt to drive too close to the festivities. Not surprisingly, the earlier you get there, the easier it will be to find parking. Information is available at truckeethursdays.com, but you don’t need any information. Just come on downtown and enjoy.

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