Edible Pedal 100®...

This incredible event, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise, is an organized road bike ride (not a race). We volunteered so we could be a part of it without having to actually get on bikes.

The ride is in three lengths: 10 miles, 50 miles and 150K (in honor of Nevada's 150th Year Sesquicentennial). It is a recreational, yet challenging, ride that showcases Northern Nevada with beautiful routes and scenic stops.
We were there at the finish line to sell merchandise.
Farmers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, and brewers, contributed their time and resources. From homemade energy bars, created by local culinary programs, and local eggs at rest stops to grass-fed beef, local lamb, pork, along with free-range and organic chicken (which we helped serve at the post-ride barbecue) these riders were well cared for.
This was one of those days where the exhilaration far outweighed the exhaustion! We are so happy Bob and Jenny suggested this volunteer opportunity. Wow!

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Our Friend, Steve, turns 65...

We're not quite sure how much of a surprise it was, but the celebration was certainly exciting. Five minutes before the birthday boy arrived, smoke filled the yard. During the meal, lightning, thunder and a smattering of rain made the event unforgettable.

"A birthday is the first day
of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip."

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History Lesson by Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin, award-winning, nationally published author, professional speaker, and photographer returned to our Library with the compelling presentation: The History of Lake Tahoe and the Comstock

The 1859 discovery of silver in western Nevada and the development of the Comstock brought entrepreneurs of all types to the region. It also brought disastrous consequences for the Tahoe basin and its environment. The mines were supported by extremely large amounts of lumber from Tahoe. They say that the silver ran out about the same time the trees did.
Mark shared some of the extensive history of our area, including a discussion of D.L. Bliss, the timber baron who was a visionary that saw beyond the denuded lake-side slopes to dream of a paradise for tourists and nature lovers. Today, Lake Tahoe still struggles with this destructive 19th century legacy, but better management practices have brought the region back from the brink of devastating exploitation.
Our morning was spent discovering much about Tahoe's colorful history. I know I could still be listening to all Mark had to share. There is still so much to learn.

“Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit,
id est semper esse puerum.
(To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born
is to remain always a child.)”

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King Fire Affects Tahoe...

If you haven't heard, we have a very large, 76,000+ acre fire burning just down the hill from South Lake Tahoe. The King Fire was started by an arsonist and he has been arrested- thankfully.

This photo, by Toogee Sielsch, for the Lake Tahoe News, best captures how our skies have been.
This fire is scary, on so many levels. Life, as we know it is disrupted, but we are safe, at this point and so thankful for all who are helping out (4,425 people are working the fire with 299 engines).
Last night, Jenny had to leave the BAHM, to set up a Red Cross Evacuation Center, here in town. Steve and I helped put up signage, and then left her to manage her team. Again, we are so thankful for all those who are helping.

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The Business After Hours Mixer began at the beach with Stand Up Paddle Boarding for all, but we didn't partake of that aspect. Instead, we arrived at the South Tahoe Standup Paddle Retail Shop for delicious wine from Boeger, scrumptious food from Exquisite Grill and an evening of lingering Summer vibes.

“My old grandmother always used to say,
Summer friends will melt away like summer snows,
but winter friends are friends forever.” 
― George R.R. Martin

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Awful, Awful Awesome...

Our morning was spent at "The Biggest Little City in the World"- Reno.

We agreed that we would detour, on the way to the airport, for Chuck's meal of choice...an Awful, Awful.
Awful big, awful delicious and just perfect for brunch (it was 10:30 AM).
This head-sized 1/2 lb burger on a one pound bed of french fries really satisfies (even those of us who are not big meat consumers).
This meal together was a great conclusion to our annual sister/brother reunion. I eagerly await next year!

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Paddle Boarding, Rum & Bowling...

We started our day on the Lake, with Steve and Chuck's first ever Stand Up Paddle Boarding experience.

Chris, at South Tahoe Standup Paddle, donated two, 1 hour board rentals and we purchased it, at one of the fundraisers we attended. Being the awesome guy that he is, he threw in a third board, so off we all went.

There really isn't anything quite like being on the water here in Tahoe. Wow.
Sticking with tradition, Rum Runners at the Beacon were the next stop on this Tahoe Tour.
We concluded our incredible day at Tahoe Bowl, with Bob and Jenny. What a crazy fun few days with my big brother. Here's to our annual tradition and magical memories!

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A Bear, A Hike & A History Lesson

Trash day can always be surprising. Today, I barged forth and almost bumped into this big guy. Jenny said that I should always take the trash out with a camera and an empty bladder... very wise advice.

Wanting to share our Tahoe favorites, we went into Desolation Wilderness.
Lunch was at Granite Lake- always a crowd-pleaser.

The Lake Tahoe Historical Society hosted an Old Timers presentation at the Historic Camp Richardson Lodge.
Five people told their story of long ago Tahoe. Gene (far left), our friend and neighbor, shared tales of the 80 years he's been in our neighborhood. We all walked away knowing just a little bit of this small town we call home.

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Day 1 of Big Brother: Kayaking

This is the 3rd Annual post-Reno Air Races visit with my brother, Chuck. It is becoming a favorite tradition of ours. After the conclusion of his "buddy" weekend, he comes to Tahoe.

With up to 25 mph gusts, it was a good thing Chuck was holding on!

We floated about, catching up and just loving Tahoe.

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Roller Derby is Alive in Tahoe

We spent a good part of our day at the 3rd Annual Deep Blue Derby Tournament hosted by our own Tahoe Derby Dames.

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups ("jams") in which both teams designate a scoring player (the "jammer") who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously and man are these gals tough.

When we were kids, bouts were scripted and it was all show. This gratuitous showmanship largely ended with the sport's contemporary grassroots revival in 2001, although player pseudonyms and colorful uniforms stayed. I loved the names of today's players: Demanda Rumble, Michelle Odrama, Miz Demeaner, Corndog...

Even the referees had great names. I loved this one proclaiming that he is "calling them fairly".
At times, our rink side seats were a little scary as the conjoined mass of skaters would come towards us. It was very exciting to watch.

This is athleticism at its finest with a whole lot of camp thrown in. They play for the glory and these trophies. Oh and they play for the adoration of the fans... which we are now.

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Ike and Martin & Friends...

Steve and I met dancing, so how perfect that we celebrated our actual anniversary, with Ike and Martin at the Beach Retreat, doing just that.

This was Steve, Cyndi, Laura and Mitch's first Ike and Martin experience. They are so hooked.

Yes, another magical Tahoe moment. Here's to happily-ever-after.

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