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Go Take a Hike: Part 2 – Bayview Trail   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

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Cascade Falls along the Bayview Trail, with Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe seen in the distance. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

Cascade Falls along the Bayview Trail, with Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe seen in the distance. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

 

I try to do all of the hikes that have waterfalls earlier in the summer season, especially when we’ve had sparse snowfall the previous winter. Cascade Creek that feeds the falls can slow to a trickle, and often by the height of summer, disappear entirely.

The Bayview Trail is one of my favorites. The parking area is located across the highway from Inspiration Point Vista on Emerald Bay, and it’s a wonderfully moderate day hike that will take you past Cascade Lake, up to Cascade Falls and beyond, with views of Lake Tahoe in the distance. There is also a campground there at the entrance, if you are so inclined, right off of Highway 89. (If you’re camping, bring plenty of food and gear. It’s a loooooong way to the nearest market and/or restaurant for eats and supplies.)

Early in the season, Cascade Creek can be so intense, that it is hard to get past all the water engorged tributaries that are gushing around you. Go a little later in the season, and you can kick off your shoes and hike up the middle of the boulder strewn creek for a ways, the granite smoothed to tenderfoot friendly appeal from eons of rushing snow melt. An abundance of flora lines the canyon, Sugar pines, cedars, spirea, wild lupine, alders, ferns and mountain ash. The latter will be filled with brilliant red berries if you do this hike closer to the fall.

Pack a lunch, find a nice wide boulder under a shady tree and relax while the music of water burbles all around you.

 

Two of our AAUW Gourmet Group Gals relax along Cascade Creek. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

Two of our AAUW Gourmet Group Gals relax along Cascade Creek

 

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

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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.

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Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening

Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening

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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):

https://yourfriendinhighplaces.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/go-take-a-hike/

From Houzz Summer Checklist: www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25486546

 

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

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Jeff Dow/North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (Via squaw.com)

Jeff Dow/North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (Via squaw.com)

 

North Lake Tahoe has several 4th of July Celebrations going on around the lake and Truckee. Here is the list of Fireworks displays locally:

July 3rd: Kings Beach’s celebration begins a day early. The beach party starts at 4pm at the North Tahoe Events Center with music, food and various other fun for the family goings on. Fireworks start at 9:30pm and preferred seating tickets are $12. (You can see the fireworks from other nearby areas for free.) Visit northtahoebusiness.org for more information

July 4th: Red, White and Tahoe BlueIncline Village. Fireworks start at 9:30pm on the 4th, although Incline Village has three days of festivities planned starting the 3rd of July, including a ‘Wine and Dine’ at Aspen Grove featuring a concert from the Reno Philharmonic starting at 8pm. For more information, visit redwhitetahoeblue.org

July 4th -Truckee – West End Beach, Donner Lake. Tickets sales for the events on the beach are limited to Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District homeowners and residents, however you can still see the fireworks from many public piers and vantage points around Donner Lake. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. For more 4th of July fun, don’t forget the annual parade in downtown Truckee at 10am. Also visit the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce page for more local holiday happenings.

July 4th – Tahoe City is hosting a street fair throughout the day, and their annual fireworks display starts at 9:30pm on Commons Beach. There are many areas around town to view the displays, including The Boatworks Marina, Lake Forest Boat Ramp and many lakeside restaurants. Make those reservations early! For more information, go to visittahoecity.com

 

What else is there to do while you’re here at Lake Tahoe/Truckee this weekend? I have to concur with Squaw Valley’s website, and their list of:

5 Must Do’s for a 4th of July Lake Tahoe Vacation

Visit the above link for some gorgeous photos and the lo down on what are the quintessential Tahoe/Truckee recreational venues and events of any summer vacation here.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for the free ‘WEEKLY’ around town for more information on what there is to do and see during our wonderful summers. Or you can check out their online version on the link to the left.

 

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