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What To Do After You’ve Purchased Your New Lake Tahoe or Truckee Home   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

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Recently I ran across this article by Country Living Magazine on ‘9 Things to Check For in a New House’ …(or at least ‘new’ to you.)

Along with the good, common sense reminders to ‘change the locks’ and ‘replace batteries in smoke detectors’, there are a few items you should add to your Tahoe/Truckee New Home ‘to do’ checklists.  The mountain environment has special conditions that require extra considerations that could not only save you a lot of grief, but even save your life.

So in addition to Country Living’s checklist, we’ll add ours:

1) If your new home has a wood burning stove or fireplace, call a chimney sweep to give it a good cleaning.  Nothing would be worse than buying a new home only to have it go up in flames from a chimney fire. Creosote builds up quickly over the course of a long cold winter, and it’s a safe bet that the previous owners didn’t spring for this expense just before they sold the house.

2) Buy wood! If you do have a wood burning stove and you’ve bought your home during the summer, that is the time to purchase wood for the coming winter. Prices tend to be cheaper during the summer, but once there’s even a hint of a nip in the air with fall fast approaching, you can bet those prices will be rising.

3) Invest in a ‘bear box’. These are metal containers with an animal proof latch that are embedded into the ground to house your trash cans.  Wildlife is abundant in mountain communities, and bears are not only extremely opportunistic feeders (along with raccoons, and even your neighborhood dogs!), but they can completely destroy a standard trash can in short order, sometimes breaking into a garage to do it. You’ll have a lot of damage and cleanup as a result. Raccoons can’t be deterred from an unprotected container and will merely hiss at you from the comfort of their new homeowner supplied buffet line.

Save yourself the misery. Call one of the local purveyors to install a bear box for you.

 

Hey, thanks for the grub. Sorry about the mess...

Hey, thanks for the free grub. Sorry about the mess…

 

 

4) Stock up on candles, flashlights, fresh batteries, and kerosene lamps and oil.  The power has a tendency to go out all too frequently whenever there is a big storm (or an errant accident hitting a power line). Having these items on hand will make it easier for you to stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night – or at the very least, enable you to read a book when you’re no longer hooked up to the grid for entertainment.

 

5) Purchase snow shovels, car ice scrapers and snow brushes. Those of you new to the community from warmer climes are in for a bit of ‘culture shock’ if you move here during the fall or winter.  Having these items on hand BEFORE big storms hits are a necessity if you ever want to leave your house after any substantial amount of snowfall. In a pinch, a credit card makes a good ice scraper for your car windows, but it’s not something you want to rely on indefinitely. Don’t want to shovel all that snow yourself? Find out who the neighborhood snowplow guy is, and contract for his services early.

 

Only a few short hours ago I was wondering 'gee, which snow drift is my car?' Found it!

Only a few short hours ago I was asking myself  ‘Gee, I wonder which snow drift is my car?’ …OK, Found it!

 

 

6) Alternative Cooking and heating sources. If you’ve purchased an ‘all electric’ home, consider switching to gas or installing a wood burning stove so that when the power does go out, you can at least stay warm and have a hot meal. And coffee.

You just can’t go without coffee…

 

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THINK OF ME, LYNN RICHARDSON, FOR ALL OF YOUR LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

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Trails and Vistas Returns To Lake Tahoe   Leave a comment

barta_g_4097By Tim Hauserman

The unique and popular Trails and Vistas Art Hikes return to the region September 12th and 19th. This year the hikes are presented for the first time on two different weekends in two locations. The Art Hikes are three mile walks with a small group of people passing ten stations where you will find art, dance, music and storytelling. What could be a finer backdrop for art and music then the natural surroundings of the Sierra?

The Hike Details:
September 12th, Spooner Lake State Park, at the intersection of Highway 28 and Highway 50. On this hike, enjoy the soft beauty of groves of aspens and Spooner Lake.
September 19th, Donner Ski Ranch, Donner Summit.
On this hike, experience the raw beauty of the rocky crest of the Sierra and views of Donner Lake.

Tickets are $45. Guided hikes leave on a regular basis and must be registered for in advance. In addition to the standard hikes, you can attend a family hike, for those with young children, a meditative hike (periods of silence to enjoy the experience) and leisurely hike for those who wish to walk slowly. For tickets go to trailsandvistas.org

In addition to the Art Hikes, Trails and Vista is presenting a a World Concert at Sand Harbor on September 12, including 2014 Grammy Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, which combines big band horns, percussion, piano, and vocals. Other artists include celtic violinist Scarlet Rivera, Peter Joseph Burtt who presents soulful blues, a Taiko drum performance, jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako, and Ian Ethan on a double necked guitar.

World Concert tickets start at $23 and are available from trailsandvistas.org or the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare box office 800.747.4697.

 

Volunteer: Trails & Vistas is looking for a few more volunteers for the Art Hikes. Please reach out to elizabeth.wainscoat@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

 

THINK OF ME, LYNN RICHARDSON, FOR ALL OF YOUR LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

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Fall Events at Lake Tahoe and Truckee   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

Path through Taylor Creek State Park

Path through Taylor Creek State Park

 

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Technically, it’s really not Fall yet, but here in the Lake Tahoe basin, what that definition has come to mean is the end of the busy summer season, most of the tourists have gone home and everyone’s kids are back in school. As we cruise into the ‘shoulder season’, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do and see. On the contrary. One look at our calendar of events reveals that there is still plenty of fun to be had in September rolling into October.  yourfriendinhighplaces.wordpress.com/events-calendar

While the temperatures will most likely stay warm and sunny for a bit longer, there is no doubt there is an evening and early morning nip in the air. If you’ve never visited the area after the summer ends, you’ll discover happily that Fall is glorious here.

Now is the time to go on those hiking and bike trails that were so overly crowded during the summer.  But beware. We’ve been known to get a few inches of snow the day after Labor Day and onward!  While it usually doesn’t stick around for long, plan for layers of clothing as Mother Nature sorts herself out during the transition. Be sure to bring your camera along too. The leaves may turn in September or October (depending on the temperatures) and you wouldn’t want to miss the Fall show.

 

Our Calendar of Events have a well rounded list of things to do and see, but there are a few special events we  would like to make sure you don’t miss:

 

Image from the Nevada Museum of Art

Image from the Nevada Museum of Art

 

 

#1 –  The Nevada Museum of Art’s new exhibit ‘TAHOE, A Visual History’.  I just saw this exhibit Friday, and I can tell you, it is nothing short of fascinating. It amassed almost 2 centuries of art, spanning from when Fremont  first viewed the lake to present day. You are sure to learn an even more in depth history of Lake Tahoe and the Donner Lake area that you never knew existed. Featuring art from Ansel Adams, Currier and Ives and Frank Lloyd Wright among many, many others. it’s a visual history of the area that has no doubt never been seen before in one place. As I walked through the exhibits, I was captured by the thought of what it must take to gather so many varied pieces of art from private collectors, other museums and state and national archives throughout the country. It is truly an impressive achievement. The exhibit runs through January 19, 2016. Visit www.nevadaart.org for more information. Don’t miss it!

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Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

 

#2 The Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Sept. 3-7, Sparks NV. This is an extremely popular annual event, and if you’re a rib connoiseur and you’ve never been to it, you really must go! Dozens and dozens of rib purveyors, cooking ribs every way you can imagine. And of course, there are all the fixin’s to go with. The Nugget transforms Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair. nuggetribcookoff.com

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Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. Photo from Go Tahoe North

 

# 3 – The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. Sept. 11-13 at Northstar Ski Resort. Considered one of Lake Tahoe’s premier gourmet events. Enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm to Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace, and more! www.northstarcalifornia.com

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#4 –  Octoberfest! Sept. 26th at Squaw Valley. It’s time to get your ‘oomp-pa-pa’ on with a traditional beer and bratwurst extravaganza, Bavarian folk dancers, live music and more. squawalpine.com/events

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Spawning Kokanee Salmon at Taylor Creek

Spawning Kokanee Salmon at Taylor Creek

 

#5 – Fall Fish Festival – October 3-4 at U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s Center at Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe.  Plenty of family friendly fun and educational activities are presented by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, but the real show is watching the Kokanee Salmon run as they make their way from Lake Tahoe up Taylor Creek to spawn. Walk the gentle pathways of this beautifully peaceful area or take a ride along the bike trail. Another Octoberfest celebration will be going on at Camp Richardson’s Tallac Historic site right next door for food and refreshments. Just follow the trail between the two. And watch out for bears…

Taylor Creek Information: www.fs.usda.gov

Camp Richardson Information: www.camprichardson.com

 

Obviously, we’re all about the food here, so be sure to work some of those calories off with a hike, a bike ride or some paddle boarding in our glorious mountain community.  Be sure to check in on the Events Calendar from time to time, as new Events and Announcements will be added as the information becomes available.

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THINK OF ME, LYNN RICHARDSON, FOR ALL OF YOUR LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

www.lynnrichardson.net

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