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Life in the Mountains- Crazy Beautiful Ugly Mountain Weather

Why do we climb mountains?  To see what’s on the other side?  To stand on top?  To achieve a personal goal?  To sweat, and do something physically difficult? Because it’s fun? Or simply because it’s there. Without sounding like a cliche, climbing peaks has a lot of metaphors for life.  There is prep, commitment, effort,… Read More ›

Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe’s West Shore

Lake Tahoe’s West Shore is not often associated with epic Tahoe Mountain biking.  Among the marquee Tahoe mountain biking destinations (Mr. Toads, the Flume Trail, Northstar, Hole in the Ground, etc), the West Shore is often overlooked.  Make no mistake though, there is great mountain biking here as well. For our non-mountain biking blog readers-… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- Daisy Kayak Dog

Springer Spaniels love water.  They become super spunky when wet.  Daisy Water Dog loves going out with us.  When the kayak was in the back yard, Daisy would stand in the kayak and “Woooo Woooo” at us to take her to the water  (Woo Woo is the unique sound of the springer spaniel).

How I Became an Environmental Activist

I am not an activist in the protesting, letter writing sense.  Instead, I use a chainsaw to speak for me.  Let me explain: It was probably around the 20th time I’d heaved my bike over the large tree blocking the trail.  “When are they going to get out here and cut these %^&*ing trees?,” I… Read More ›

OutdoorPix- Girl and Dog on the Lake of the Sky

H and Daisy Water Dog, enjoying a glassy Lake Tahoe morning.  Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become wildly popular on Lake Tahoe in the last few years.  Can’t imagine why. Lake Tahoe has many nicknames.  One of them is Big Blue.  Yes, the water really is that shockingly blue.  Tahoe  is one of the deepest… Read More ›

TahoePix- Tahoe Living History

We’ve come across a number of these old cabins dotting the backcountry.  A standing testament to Tahoe History.  This is reason alone to get off the beaten path and explore the backcountry roads and trails (even those that seem to lead nowhere). This old West Shore cabin is pretty sturdy.  It even survived a large… Read More ›

TahoePix- Tahoe Rim Trail- Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose to Brockway Summit was our last section to complete the entire 165-mile length of the Tahoe Rim Trail, and check off one of our outdoor goals.  Despite logging well over 1,000 miles of running and riding on the TRT, there was that one elusive section.  We finally knocked it out, racking up close… Read More ›

TahoePix- Singletrack Sweetness

Somewhere in the middle of a nearly 3,000 vertical foot descent (mostly singletrack).  In Fall, 2012 the US Forest Service opened the Star Lake Connector trail- miles of switchbacking goodness through incredible fields of granite.  It’s rideable in both directions too (though quite the climb to around 9,000′ elevation).  Ride it in the fall, and… Read More ›

TahoePix- Flume Trail

Okay, so there are a zillion Flume Trail pics out there.  I never know whether to ride or look at the views.

TahoePix- Ellis Ridge

Check out the last TahoePix photo (posted January 30).  Now step back two months.  This pic was taken a couple hundred meters away just two months earlier.

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