Tahoe Wildflower Big Year!

By Tim Hauserman The mountains and meadows around Lake Tahoe are prime territory for a host of spectacular wildflowers. For me, a Tahoe summer is not complete without a bunch of hikes through fields full of purple lupin and orange paint brush. The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is taking advantage of the first […]

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Concerts on the Commons

May 16, 2016 | Tim Hauserman One of my favorite parts of summer life in Tahoe City are the Concerts at the Commons Beach. Every Sunday evening throughout the summer hundreds of locals and visitors gather on the grass along the lakeshore. They come to picnic while enjoying the balmy evening, dance to the tunes, […]

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First Trails

April 18, 2016 | Tim Hauserman After a Goldilocks winter of just the right amount of snow, it’s springtime. Many of our summer playgrounds of hiking and mountain biking trails will remain under deep snow for quite a while, but other trails are emerging from winter whiteness and will soon be ready to play.  For […]

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Tahoe’s Big Birds

April 12, 2016 | Tim Hauserman Birders around Lake Tahoe are sure to prattle about the cheery and complicated songs emitted by a warbler, or the stunning yellow and red color of a tanager, but to many ordinary folks around Tahoe what we notice are the big birds that we can see as well as […]

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Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Tahoe this Spring

April 4, 2016 | Tim Hauserman 10) Wait for a warm, calm day to snow ski in the morning and water ski in the afternoon. Wear a wetsuit. 9) Hike to the Vikingsholm on a mid week day. You just might have the place to yourself. While it’s always beautiful, Emerald Bay is especially enchanting […]

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Tahoe City Winter Sports Park

With the makings of a snowy winter underway, the hidden little gem that is the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is set to shine this winter. Set on the summer grounds of the Tahoe City Golf Course, the Sports Park provides about four kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails, a walking trail to take your […]

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Cross-Country ski at Sugar Pine Point State Park

February 29, 2016 | Tim Hauserman Just seven miles from Sunnyside sits a hidden little gem of a place to go cross-country skiing: Sugar Pine Point State Park.  When you visit you will ski on the same trails once used for the cross-country skiing and biathlon events for the 1960 Winter Olympics. At Sugar Pine, […]

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Donner Memorial Visitor Center

November 24, 2015 | Tim Hauserman At the beginning of the summer the Donner Memorial Park Visitor Center opened to the public near the shore of Donner Lake. If you have an extra hour available while traveling to or from Lake Tahoe, be sure to stop in and take a look. It sits just off […]

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Ancient Jeffreys

By Tim Hauserman In the Tahoe region, trees tend to find the altitude niche that best provides for their needs. Both the sugar pine and incense cedar grow at lake level, but the most common trees found near 6200 feet are white fir and Jeffrey pine. When young, the Jeffrey pine is fairly nondescript. They […]

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Wooden Boat Show returns to Obexer’s Boat Company

August 4, 2015 | Tim Hauserman There is something special about a wooden boat on Lake Tahoe. Just watching one slowly putter along the west shore brings back memories of time gone by. A time when life was lived at a more gentle pace, and just being in a boat on a warm summer evening […]

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