Jenny & The Three Bears...

This was my bedtime story from Jenny (and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care):

There once were three orphaned bears....
Things went well this morning.  Tranquilizer took effect quickly.  Blood was drawn for data base, and the bears weighed in at 121 lbs, 110 lbs, and 75 lbs.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife said springtime release seems to be working better than winter--the bears have a better chance at finding natural foods and staying out of trouble.  Yay!

...and they lived happily ever after.

How wonderful it is that there are people who care about these amazing animals and we happen to be friends with two of them!

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World Book Night Makes 320 Readers Happy... in South Lake Tahoe Alone!

Several 'Givers' hit the streets, beaches, boat docks and Rec Centers to hand out books for this amazing event. Steve and I ran around town being the official photographers. Here are my favorite images of the day...

What an incredible way of spending the day... participating in World Book Night, spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Today –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. went out into their communities and gave a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers and I got to be one of them.  I'm pretty content. What a great, great day.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Association Talk...

As part of our Friends of the Library programs, we hosted a pretty interesting presentation, where we introduced people to a snippet of TRTA’s 33 year history, as well as its many programs, volunteer projects, and all eight segments (of its 165 miles) via a slideshow.  The evening provided the public with the knowledge to be ready for the upcoming hiking season.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile long-distance hiking trail which forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake's west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail. What's really cool about this trail is that it's right here, in our own 'backyard'.
The presentation got us all in the mood for hiking, even though it was snowing while it was happening. Look how happy Janet is to be joining the association!

"Of all the paths you take in life,
make sure a few of them are dirt."

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World Book Night Prep...

Tomorrow, I get to be a book giver, and I couldn't be happier. World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.

Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.
 Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing.
We will wander the streets of South Lake Tahoe with hundreds of books. I can't think of a better way to spend a Wednesday.

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My Fun Monday...

After a morning walk with Steve and lunch out, Jenny and I went to Karen's, in Lake Valley, for a nature hike before the snow came.

Note this "Where's Jenny?" moment as there was no way she was getting on a log, perched over a roaring river.
I love these Pterospora, commonly known as pinedrops, which are part of the blueberry family. It grows in coniferous or mixed forests and is quite stunning in a landscape of browns and greens.
We didn't see any beavers but plenty of proof of their existence.
After our explore, Karen prepared a most delectable, and completely meat-free meal. Jenny and I were ready to become vegetarians. Delicious.
My day concluded at Bona Fide Books for the monthly Print Club meeting. While everyone else works on masterpieces, I am content to create stamps for Letterbox hiding. What a great space to just do what you want, in a very friendly environment.
It was a nice day of simple pleasures.

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Easter by the Lake

With the promise of snow returning this week, Steve and I packed a picnic and headed to the 'beach'. If we can't be with family, this was a pretty great substitution.

The Lake was alive with activity. Everyone was embracing the sunshine. Hope your Easter was warm and wonderful.

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Backyard Scrabble...

My girlfriend, Keri, sent this saying, "It reminds me of you!". Oh man, I would love this. It combines my obsession with Scrabble and my love of being in the yard... hmm.

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Baby Bear at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

Our friend, Bob is a volunteer with the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and he met this little girl yesterday.

According to their website: "LTWC welcomed our newest guest last night — a 5.4-lb bear cub! This female cub is likely only about 10 weeks old, given her weight and overall physical condition. She is just beginning to walk (she doesn’t quite have the hang of it yet).

So far, we have no details on this little cub’s story or where she came from. She was dropped off with no note or additional information. Her condition is good overall, young age aside, and she is eating pretty well." What a cutie!

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Hetch Hetchy Valley...Yosemite

For the short time we had, before we all headed off in separate directions, we decided to visit a place none of us had been to before.
Hidden in Yosemite National Park’s peaceful northwest corner, Hetch Hetchy Valley is a treasure worth visiting in all seasons. In spring, two of North America’s tallest waterfalls plummet spectacularly over thousand-foot granite cliffs. The dramatic cliffs surrounding these waterfalls add to the grandeur that John Muir compared to the more well known Yosemite Valley. In 1870, Muir called Hetch Hetchy Valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite.”
Unfortunately for this Valley, the City of San Francisco needed a water source and Mr. O’Shaughnessy engineered a dam here (1923). 
Much controversy has surrounded this valley because of the need for water. Preservationists, led by John Muir, wanted the valley to remain untouched (before photo below). They maintained that a dam could be secured outside “our wild mountain parks.” Muir and his followers launched a campaign to praise the virtues of Hetch Hetchy. For the first time in the American experience, a national audience considered the competing claims of wilderness versus development. Until the early 1900s, Americans viewed wilderness as something to conquer and natural resources as infinite.
The Dam supporters won the battle and John Muir died not too long afterward. Some believe he died of a broken heart from not being able to save his beloved Valley.
There is still tremendous beauty here. While we didn't embark on its many trailheads, we delighted in the views of falls, flora, streams and dramatic rock cliffs.
While the reunion was too brief, we accomplished much and we have the photographs and memories to remember it all by. It was a great escape.

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Celebrating Yosemite's 150th Anniversary

Yosemite has inspired generations of people for thousands of years.  One such person was President Lincoln, who on June 30, 1864, in the middle of the Civil War, enacted the Yosemite Grant Act. This monumental act established Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land for all time. This grant marked the first California State Park.  What an awesome event to commemorate by our visit today!

Even on a hazy day, one is moved by the grandeur of this park.
 Being as it is still Spring, the falls were rushing forth.

A stroll to the Lower Yosemite Falls provided an ideal resting spot.

 Flora was abundant and vibrant.

I always eat exceptionally well when I am with these women. We each had our own jar full of layers of ingredients for pasta salad. Shake and voilĂ , lunch was served (and delicious).
Note the temperature. Pretty toasty for mid-April.
Evidenced, nearly everywhere we looked, was last year's Rim Fire. It was the third largest wildfire in California's history, having burned 257,314 acres (402.053 sq mi) in and around Yosemite. Yet, in among the scorched trees, green grasses burst forth, and much of the Valley's trees were unaffected.
"It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral,
far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man."
-Theodore Roosevelt, after camping in Yosemite National Park

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