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Your Summer Checklist – Part 2: Fun in the Sun   Leave a comment


Continued from Part 1 – Your Summer Checklist- All Through the House.

In Part 2 of our Summer Checklist,  focus is on summer recreation and prepping all of your outdoor gear.


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7) Get outdoor gear ready. This is a biggie here in outdoor recreation nirvana. I once saw a cartoon that had a VW Bug packed with every sort of bike, ski, canoe, outdoor recreation toy, etc. one could possibly imagine.  Two guys looked on admiringly at this feat of car packing magnificence. The caption read: “All the toys ON and IN my car are worth more than the car itself!!!  How true this is! I can’t help but laugh about it as I pull out my winter gear from the back of the car; ice skates, snowshoes and snow boots, etc… and replace them with beach chairs, towels, bike rack and hiking boots. Here are just a few suggestions to get you ready for summer.

Camping Gear: Now is the time to check your tent for holes and leaks, (as apposed to pitching it out in the wilderness and discovering during a downpour that what you really have is an enclosed camping shower).  Check and fill propane tanks for camp stoves and lanterns. Pack matches in waterproof containers. Find all of your sleeping bags, coolers, cooking and eating utensils, backpacks, fanny packs, hiking boots, etc and have them ready to go. It’s annoying to have to spend hours scrounging around the Christmas ornaments and winter gear in the garage looking for all these items when you’re trying to ‘Get Out Of Dodge’ for a last minute camping trip.

Bikes: Check your bike tires and brakes. Replace flat or cracked tires. There are plenty of places in town that do bike tune ups if you’re like me and don’t have time to do it yourself. It’s a messy job anyway. Invest in a small bicycle pump and a few emergency bike tools. Add a basket or pannier to touring bikes for carrying everything from groceries to day trip picnics.

Canoes, kayaks, small boats, etc. Make sure there are no leaks, and all the equipment is in the craft. Life vests and paddles are a must. I’ve overheard many a person groaning that they forgot their paddles after the kayak was already in the water.

Beach Bag of Summer Stuff. I always try to have these items in a large beach bag or day pack in my car at all times:  Sunscreen, chapstick, sun hat or visor, tissues, small flashlight, small fanny pack, water bottle, towel, dry socks, flip flops, small rain poncho in a pouch and Swiss army knife. These items are a life saver for impromptu beach or hiking outings to Summer night events. (You’ll thank me later when you have a handy little flash light so you’re not stumbling back to your car in the pitch black darkness after a late night event – for which  Shakespeare at Sand Harbor comes immediately to mind…)

Low backed beach chair and outdoor blanket. There are so many summer events for which these are a must, that I always have them in the back of my car.  You’ll also want them for those trips to the beach or a campsite rendezvous too.


Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening

Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening


8) Make a list of everything you want to do this summer. Like I said, summer’s here are glorious, but brief. Time tends to slip away, we lose track of half the things we wanted to do, and before you know it, summer is gone. I’m usually not one for lists, but having one on the ‘fridge keeps my goals daily in my face so I remember to do them, and there is a real feeling of accomplishment as I check them off. My personal to do list usually involves favorite hikes, bike rides along the river or lake,  hanging out on the deck at some of my favorite restaurants and BBQ’s with friends.  I started my list already! We attended Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge’s official opening of their outdoor deck kick off (see photo above) and did the popular Shirley Lake Hike, (see last year’s post on this hike here):

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How about you? Do you have any tips for summer to do lists or summer must haves? Things to do, places to go, events to see? Let us know in the Comments section.  And we’ll keep you posted on all the fun happenings at Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the surrounding area.


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I’ll follow the sun.   Leave a comment

The Sierra is a beautiful place all year round, but the period between the end of ski season and the beginning of summer can be a challenging period for outdoor recreationists: It is not very Goldilocks. In general there is not enough snow to ski, but too much for hiking and biking. But don’t get discouraged, all you need to do to enjoy this time of year is follow the sun…no, not to Southern California, but to the places where the snow melts the fastest. Here are a few Tahoe area spring time snow melting rules to keep in mind:

-It snows more on the west side of the Sierra, and Lake Tahoe, than the east side.

-South and west facing slopes melt faster then north and east facing slopes.

-Open areas melt faster than forested areas.

-Lower elevations get less snow and warmer temperatures, so the snow melts fastest.

So what does all this mean for your outdoor recreation plans?

The low lying areas around Truckee are one of the first places available to find dirt-For mountain biking, think the Emigrant Trail from Highway 89 to Stampede Reservoir and the dirt roads around Prosser, Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.

The south facing, lake level elevation Emerald Bay-Rubicon Trail is a great early season hike…especially since while the bay is as beautiful as ever, the hordes of summer tourists are absent. Enjoy.

Once you have ridden the Emigrant Trail and hiked to Emerald Bay, go to the east shore portions of the Tahoe Rim Trail. From Spooner Summit you might be able to hike south to South Camp Peak by early May, or north to Snow Valley Peak. Both give you spectacular views of Lake Tahoe (and one heck of a workout).

The absence of crowds in the spring also makes it a great time to hit the pavement for some road biking. Always wanted to ride around Lake Tahoe, but never quite got around to it?  Find a sunny mid-week day and go at it. Interested in a kayak trip on Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe? In the spring, the motorboats are absent. So pick a glassy day and you just might have the lake to yourself.

ImageIf you are coming up, and are interested in looking at property, the spring is a great time to look. Just give me a call and I can make all the arrangements. And if you are considering selling, remember that as the crowds increase, so do the number of listings on the market…beat the rush and the market by getting your home listed first.


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