Tahoe and Vicinity Populus Tremuloides Everyone loves quaking aspen trees. From the photographers who delight in the aspen’s fall displays, to deer munching on the nutritious fallen autumn leaves, to beavers using aspens as both dam building material and food, the tree seems to have something for all. The tree gets its name because the slightest breeze causes the leaves […]
Tahoe and Vicinity High Flyers One darn thing leads to another. Big and deep, Lake Tahoe will not freeze over in winter. That is why migratory waterfowl congregate in Tahoe water where they can find food in its wintery shallows. All those mergansers and mallards draw predators, like bald eagles, looking for relatively easy pickings. And the eagles draw amateur […]
Tahoe and Vicinity How To Fight and Win The plan was to make the desert bloom by irrigating 350,000 acres of land in the Carson River watershed area using Truckee River water. Never mind that the Truckee River flowed north, emptying into Pyramid Lake. Send some water south — it will be fine. In 1903, as its first project, the newly formed United […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Cave Rock, A Winner Anything 360 feet high, and 800 feet wide is hard not to notice. That kind of bulk might also get in the way of progress. Tahoe’s Cave Rock is that big, and was definitely impeding progress toward the completion of the Lincoln Highway, the first U.S. coast to coast road. The problem was solved by […]
Tahoe and Vicinity A Sierra Nevada Tale It seems like an early settler named Sierra Nevada would be well known around these parts, but the opposite is true. Few have heard of her. Born in1854 in Nevada City, Sierra was four years old when her parents, John and Mehitable Phillips, decided to become inn-keepers. The little family moved to a property about two […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Dam Tahoe Occasionally, when reading about some early plans for Lake Tahoe, the realization hits that it is a slight miracle we have a lake at all. For instance, in 1865, a San Francisco based engineer, with the elegant name of Alexis Waldemar Von Schmidt, created the Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Water Works Company. Mr. Von […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Forest Fires – Before and After For years, fires in our forests have been extinguished as soon as possible. That practice, when combined with warmer temperatures, and drier conditions, has made for larger and more intense fires. In fact, new words have been coined to better describe the immensity of recent fires; a megafire is being used to describe 100,000 acre […]
Tahoe and Vicinity A Spring Journey In 1911, Tahoe Tavern, an elegant Tahoe City hotel, hoping to drum up business after a record breaking snow-bound winter, offered a 3-foot-tall silver trophy to the driver(s) of the first car to complete a spring journey from California to Tahoe City. Fortunately, snowbrains.com posted two photos from that race. One black and white image […]
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Tahoe and Vicinity Biodiversity In Tahoe Recent research has proved that spending time outdoors can help people decrease their physical signs of stress, and can even boost a person’s mood. It’s also been shown that life satisfaction is increased for anyone living in an environment with high biodiversity.  People crave contact with the natural world. We humans find a tranquility in […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Hidden Delight One unique feature on Lake Tahoe’s north shore is definitely under-used, mostly because it is off the beaten track for tourists and locals alike. The pools of the Lake’s one and only waterside hot springs sit empty much of the time. The source of the hot springs bubbles up on the Brockway Springs Lakefront Resort’s […]
Tahoe and Vicinity The Washoe The word Washoe means “people from here,” which is an apt description for a group of people who have called this area home for more than 6,000 years. Many generations have lived on and with this land, each gathering knowledge and wisdom to pass forward. It’s no wonder that The Committee on Energy and Natural […]
Tahoe and Vicinity TREE WHISPERERS Remarkable research by determined scientists and foresters has proven that trees are more than sticks of wood just waiting to be cut down to build houses. Smart people have been working hard to truly understand trees; how they grow, how they interact with each other, how a forest works, and how humans can help. Dr. […]
Tahoe and Vicinity BY ANY OTHER NAME Incline village was named after the incline railroad that once lifted heavy Tahoe timbers 1,400 feet up the steep mountain side, beginning their long journey to the Comstock mines. What about the other communities around Tahoe’s north shore? How did they get their names? Kings Beach, for example. Many stories say that this little corner […]
Tahoe and Vicinity A MOST RESILIENT ANIMAL First, we used their fur for warmth, then for hats. We did, and do, use their castor glands for perfumes. Turns out you can get rid of a lot of beavers that way. But, because a few stubborn beavers survived our onslaught, some know-it-all officials decided that the animal’s activities were detrimental to our human […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Timeless Truckee   Sure, it’s changed. It’s been gentrified; the town’s rough edges inevitably smoothed over by time, commerce and population growth. Nevertheless, the old-timey, slightly ramshackle ambiance of Truckee still shines through. Maybe it’s the trains running through the middle of town, stopping for passengers, as well as stopping traffic, as they have for over 150 […]
Tahoe and Vicinity A Guide To The Comstock Lode Historical Markers & Happy 2021 ………….2021…………      I hope you always have the distinct smell of Tahoe trees in your nose And the pleasure of seeing your toes through clear Lake waters      I hope breezes whispering through tree tops is the last thing you hear falling asleep And that you wake to the calls of the azure Steller’s Jays […]
Tahoe and Vicinity Incline Village and The Comstock Lode It’s commonly known that Incline Village was named after the incline railway built by the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company. The steam powered cable railway, with an average grade of 35%, was known as the Crystal Bay Railroad. Canted cable cars full of lumber and cordwood were pulled 1,4000 feet up by gigantic bull […]
Tahoe and Vicinity They’re Baaaack Environmental degradation is nothing new. Back around 1890 or so, someone had the bright idea of introducing rainbow, mackinaw, brown and brook trout into Lake Tahoe. That, along with outlandish commercial fish harvesting due to the Comstock boom, and intensive logging and milling activities around the Lake, doomed the native Lahontan trout population. Loggers dumped […]
Tahoe and Vicinity The Sierra Nevada Lake Tahoe is only one of the amazing sights you’ll see when exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. These spectacular mountains not only cradle Tahoe which is the second deepest lake in the U.S., they are also home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the contiguous states, as well as home to Mt. Whitney, […]
Real Estate Ins & Outs Making Your Way Through A Seller’s Market The current seller’s market isn’t the first one Incline Village has known, and it won’t be the last. Because home buyers and sellers generally have little interest in the real estate market when they are not actively buying or selling, they don’t always realize, or care, how the market moves. But move it does — […]