Uncategorized 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 […]
Uncategorized 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. […]
Uncategorized 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 […]
Uncategorized 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 […]
Uncategorized 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 years. […]
Uncategorized 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 […]
Uncategorized 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 […]
Uncategorized 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 […]
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Uncategorized 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, […]
Uncategorized 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 — […]
Uncategorized Lake Tahoe Clarity In Mark Twain’s book “Roughing It”, he described what it was like floating off the north shore of Lake Tahoe in a little skiff. “So singularly clear was the water, that where it was only twenty or thirty feet deep the bottom was so perfectly distinct that the boat seemed floating in the air. Yes, […]
Uncategorized I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE Can you imagine bicycling from Incline Village to Spooner Lake comfortably, without worrying about heavy summer traffic as you navigate curve filled Highway 28? No? Now imagine a beautiful summer’s day with you on your bike and a safe, sensational 22 mile round trip ride in front of you. That day will come, but be […]
Uncategorized TERRIFYING TAHOE The story, as told by some Tahoe residents, is that after Jacques Cousteau’s 1970s deep dive into Tahoe waters, he remarked “The world is not ready for what I have seen.” However, after some investigating the Los Angeles Times, along with other newspapers, reported that Jacques Cousteau never visited or made an underwater exploration of […]
Uncategorized TAHOE PYRAMID TRAIL It was an ambitious plan for audacious bicycle riders. A marked trail, for bicyclists (and hikers}, from the Tahoe City damn all the way to Pyramid Lake. Starting in Tahoe City, at the damn beginning of the Truckee, you can follow the mountain water until it empties into Pyramid Lake, 116 miles away. The Tahoe […]
Uncategorized THE TAHOE EAST SHORE TRAIL It was worth the wait. Even though it’s only been opened since June 2019, the Tahoe East Shore Trail is a stunning 3 mile walking/bike path that has acquired the deserved reputation of being one of America’s most beautiful bike paths. The new path begins in Incline Village. It then climbs, drops, and winds its […]
Uncategorized Tahoe Skies The number of sightings in 2020 are up. The annual bald eagle count showed that 24 of our magnificent national symbols were calling the Lake Tahoe Basin home this year. The second Friday in January is designated for the official Mid-Winter Bald Eagle count. As part of the nationwide effort, about 90 volunteers from the […]
Uncategorized Home Inspections and Then Some All buyers expect a professional home inspector to provide an in-depth report of the property’s structures and systems. Certainly, it is a worthwhile investment that can either warn buyers away from a bad purchase, or provide buyers with the knowledge of deficiencies they can use to further negotiate with the sellers.  The inspector’s report will […]
Uncategorized 12 VIEWS OF NORTH LAKE TAHOE Don’t depend on anyone else for information about weather conditions. There is nothing like seeing for yourself. If you want to know the road conditions, there’s a webcam for that. How about snow? Want to see whether it’s snowing or not at your favorite resort? There’s a webcam for that. North Lake Tahoe boasts a […]
Uncategorized What To Do Besides Ski or Hike or Bike or Swim or Boat or Gamble When Visiting Lake Tahoe The next most obvious Tahoe activity is just sitting quietly gazing at all the gorgeousness of the High Sierra. Though, with almost no light pollution during the night, stargazing in the Sierra should be high on anyone’s list. Tahoe’s spectacular night sky is best seen while sitting either close to the lake and away from […]
Uncategorized Preapproval Before buying a home, most purchasers need to qualify and obtain a mortgage. Very few people have hundreds of thousands of dollars in their bank account.  A smart buyer is a well-prepared buyer. That’s where a pre-approval letter from a lender comes in.  Many buyers are unaware that there is a difference between a mortgage […]