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The Storm   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman
The first half of January 2017 has brought copious quantities of snow, rain, and even dense fog to the Tahoe region. It brought crippling power outages, long periods of road closures, but raised the level of Lake Tahoe over a foot. It was a time of seemingly endless snow shoveling, candlelight dinners next to the woodstove, traffic jams and high avalanche danger. Finally, it was an opportunity to enjoy some of the best ski conditions in years…if you were not too sore from all that shoveling to get out and ski.

Hard to believe now that at the end of 2016 the ski resorts were just barely sneaking by with a minimal amount of snow. With the turning of the calendar a fresh set of storms set us up with a deep coating of white. It was a true Goldilocks situation. Enough to open up all the mountains, but not so deep to severely impair travel. Next, unfortunately came what we used to call a Pineapple Express and now call an atmospheric river. Whatever you call it, it’s a lot of rain in a short period. I watched my garage and basement flood. But late in the evening of January 8 the rain changed to snow…and the snow kept coming. Five plus feet at lake level with double that at the higher elevations.

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The real reason the ski resorts were closed...

The real reason the ski resorts were closed…

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That much snow, especially after a drenching rain, causes problems. The two biggies were road closures and the power outages caused by falling trees. When you saturate the ground severely, dump a bunch of wet heavy snow on trees with roots sitting in puddles, and add the piece de resistance of heavy winds: Trees fall on power lines. The groomers at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area reported having to cut 30 trees off the trails during one night of grooming.

Now with the power back on almost everywhere, and after a few days to get shoveled out…a fresh new set of storms are just hitting the area. The skiing is going to be great, and the lake is going to be full of water…eventually, but first, more tricky roads and crossing fingers that the power stays on.

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

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Happy New Year 2017 Tahoe Truckee!   Leave a comment

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By Michelle Portesi

Happy 2017. What the new year will bring is anyone’s guess. We hope you and yours had a wonderful and safe holiday season. Emphasis on ‘safe’. Mother Nature has really been putting us through our paces lately, with copious snow one day, then below freezing temps, and warm, torrential downpours the next. Slick and icy roads and threats of flooding all add to the driving hilarity.  Mix in the usual holiday crush of crowds,  road accidents and frustratingly long traffic delays seem to abound, which makes for a long commute to just about everywhere.

In other words, it’s just like a normal rush hour in L.A. or the Bay Area, while driving through 8″ high mounds of 7-11 slurpees or a sheet of frozen ice pops. Good Times…

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But this too shall pass.

If you’re heading out on the road, allow extra time for travel, bring plenty of patience, water to drink (Coffee, Hot Cocoa?), maybe some snacks and a gas can – just in case . I myself idled away a quarter tank of gas for 3 hours just getting from Squaw Valley to Truckee. Even though I could SEE the gas station from where I was, the complete road gridlock made me fret I would run my tank dry just before I could reach it…and therefor become part of the problem. Thankfully I had a gas can in my car so I could pull off the road and hoof it over to the station before disaster struck, if for no other reason than to give me peace of mind that I wouldn’t get stranded. ‘Be Prepared’ is a motto not just for the Boy Scouts.

In hindsight, I probably should have just turned around and grabbed a bite to eat and a glass of wine in Squaw Valley’s village for 3 hours…

Speaking of which, Squaw Valley will be shooting off fireworks on the mountain every Saturday night at 6pm to keep you entertained in town instead of stuck in traffic on Highway 89.

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Yup. Holidays in a tourist town…

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And the same ‘take it easy’ attitude would do you well in the grocery stores too.  I personally try to avoid the them from Dec. 21 through January 5th…or longer. The racks always look like a swarm of locusts ran down every aisle, devouring everything in their path anyway…but hey, that may be just me. Make sure you’re stocked up before big storms though so you’ll have food to eat!

It’s a good idea to sign up for Nixle on your smart phone. You’ll get alerts about accidents and warnings on threats in the area. http://local.nixle.com/alert/5817611/

If you’re on Facebook, ask to join Truckee/Tahoe People. I’ve gotten faster, more up to date eye witness info on road conditions, power outages and other hazards in the area than with any news outlet. Having issues come up on my news feed has saved me a world of frustration and wasted time, especially on any possible jaunt to Reno or venturing any further than a mile. www.facebook.com/groups/410275252360759/

There are also a bunch of apps you can download to your phone to help you navigate your way around too, although I haven’t tried any of them personally.

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But enough about that, it’s on to the fun stuff…

To kick off our new year, visit our updated events calendar for what’s happening in our area.

yourfriendinhighplaces.net/events-calendar

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

And So This Is Christmas!   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman

Christmas and the holiday season is a mixed bag of joys and frustrations, priceless memories and travel headaches. One moment we are madly rushing around town picking up all those presents and food that we forgot, the next we are swooning with pride watching Tahoe kids dancing to the Nutcracker or playing in the high school holiday music performance.

The trick of course is to not let the crazy hustle and bustle get in the way of enjoying the good stuff: Getting together with family and friends and expressing gratitude, love and faith. And faith not just in the religious sense, but faith in each other, our community and the future.

For me, Christmas is an opportunity to see my daughters. They live in Boston and Los Angeles with full time jobs, so I don’t get to see them anywhere near as much as I would like. But they try very hard to make it back to Tahoe for Christmas. They come because, for them, Christmas isn’t really Christmas unless they are at Lake Tahoe.

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A Tahoe Christmas usually means snow, but even if there is no snow, there is still tromping through the woods on a crisp day searching for the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas tree. There are cold evenings with the stars shining much brighter in the sky than you will find amongst the lights of the city. And for my girls, there are a bunch of their long since moved away high school friends who also return to town this time of year, because Christmas is Tahoe.

Tahoe and Truckee are places that allow you to focus on the simple traditions that make the holidays special: Singing Christmas carols and gazing at gingerbread houses. Freezing your butt off while tromping through snow, followed by a snuggle close to a warm fire to thaw away the chill. Or howling at the moon with a shot of Schnapps…oh, wait, the rest of you guys don’t do that? Then you must create your own crazy Tahoe Christmas traditions.

May you find your own special holiday here in the mountains, and may you find inner peace, love, friendship and a whole lotta laughter in the year ahead.

From All of us here at Your Friend in High Places, Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.

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

 

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