Cove East with Chris & Jan...

Another amazing place to be in nature, right in the middle of town, is Cove East, a hidden cove and beach in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood.

It is a conservancy restoration project area with habitats galore. The ⅓ mile long hiking path, to the cove, meanders through meadows filled with wildflowers and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.
The trail ends at the lake's shore.
Another Bluebird Day here in South Lake Tahoe.
The path is not as scenic as it once was as the California Tahoe Conservancy is restoring more than 250 acres of the marsh ecosystem to enhance wildlife habitat, improve water quality entering Lake Tahoe, and create an accessible-to-all trail to the shore. Restoration activities will continue into fall 2022.
Our stroll was to the right of the future wetlands.
And while there was obvious construction happening, spectacular scenery was still discovered!
“Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower.”
-Albert Camus

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Halloween Greetings From Canada...

A year ago, I lucked out during a Christmas Card Exchange, and met Lisa, a snail mail lover, like me, who is Canadian. She is an incredible crafter and always sends spectacular greetings. In addition her Ila & Alice etsy shop is a source for all things amazing.

I'm sharing her current creation and I'm using it to wish you the spookiest of Halloweens. Enjoy it all.

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Tahoe Sky Harbor Airport...

Today's history lesson was found on the Lam Watah Historic Trail in Rabe Meadow.

Being on this trail is one of the easiest and quickest ways to be immersed in Tahoe's nature. In addition, through the actions of the USFS, one gets history lessons from the numerous informative interpretive signs/kiosks found along the path.
This intrigued. In 1946, Burke Creek was relocated to the western portion of Rabe Meadow was filled to develop the first airport in the Tahoe Basin- Tahoe Sky Harbor Airport.

For just a few years, the meadow was used by Tahoe Sky Harbor Airport & Resort to fly its wealthy patrons in from San Francisco to spend money in the local casinos that were clustered around the California/Nevada stateline.
Can't you just envision this? "A pilot would fly from the mountain side toward and over the lake to alert the cattle to move, then land flying from over the lake toward the mountain and the Sky Harbor Casino building."
The airport consisted of a dirt landing strip and “gaming” airport terminal where pilots could test their luck. The Sky Harbor Airport was poorly engineered and its only runway was on too steep of an incline to meet aerodrome standards of the day. Unfortunately, the airport was short lived, closing in 1950. The Lake Tahoe Basin would be without an airfield until 1958.

A walk in nature. A history lesson. I 💗 Tahoe.

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Cuppa Tahoe: A New Favorite

It seems like ages since I met girlfriends for coffee and chatting.

Opened this past May, Cuppa Tahoe, a darling, quaint bookstore with coffee, tea, small bites and many surprises, is owned by incredibly talented Sandra Santané.
Sandra's attention to detail, diverse inventory and unique spaces has me wanting to come back and linger for hours. For those who want to read a book while enjoying a cup of coffee, Cuppa has “read me” shelves that include the classics and the latest novels. In front of the fire on a funky green velvet couch, she created a cozy space to unwind and get lost in a story.
What a spectacular setting.
For our current circumstances, sitting outside, in the glorious sunshine, was the idyllic setting for our girlfriend gabfest!

"Sometimes having coffee with your friend,
is all the therapy you need."

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Elvis & Polio... Who Knew?

Sixty four years ago today, Elvis Presley got a polio vaccine on the 42nd birthday of the scientist who created that vaccine- Dr. Jonas Salk.

At the time that Dr. Salk perfected his vaccine, Elvis Presley was quickly on his way to becoming one of America’s most famous stars, and was particularly popular among teenagers. Hoping to harness his popularity for this cause, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis asked Elvis if he would get the polio vaccine on-camera to help raise awareness and to encourage teens to get the vaccine themselves (teenagers, who were also vulnerable to polio, were not getting the vaccine). Elvis was scheduled to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Before the show began, Elvis was filmed and photographed receiving the vaccine. The video played on national television and the photos appeared in newspapers around the country. He would continue to promote polio vaccination in the coming years, recording special advocacy messages, and endorsing events aimed at awareness.
This Day in History comes to you because I own this 1957 3¢ Fight Against Polio stamp which encouraged me to do some research. U.S. #1087 was designed to symbolize the struggle against polio with the caption that reads, “Honoring Those Who Helped Fight Polio”. The worst year for polio in America was 1952, less than five years before this stamp was issued. Over 57,000 people in the U.S. contracted the disease. In 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine to prevent polio. In 1957 – the same year this stamp was issued – an oral vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin.

According to the CDC, "Thanks to the polio vaccine, dedicated healthcare professionals, and parents who vaccinate their children on schedule, polio has been eliminated in this country for more than 30 years. This means that there is no year-round transmission of poliovirus in the United States."

Happy 96th Birthday Dr. Salk.

"There is hope in dreams, imagination,
and in the courage of those
who wish to make those dreams a reality."
-Dr. Jonas Salk

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Life in Tahoe...

 We strolled to the lakeshore, in blustery wind, just to get some Tahoe on us.

It is a total Bluebird Day. Bluebird is a distinctly American term for “a period of time characterized by sunny, cloudless weather, typically after a night of snowfall,” the term seems to be most popularly used in skiing, but there are examples of its usage in the hunting world as well. Its origin is completely unknown, and could refer to something as simple as the color of the sky, to the inherent cultural meaning of bluebirds as happiness and hope. I love that meaning... happiness and hope.

The National Weather Service in Reno has extended their Red Flag Warning for the Lake Tahoe Basin through tomorrow. The gusty winds and low humidity have lead to increased fire danger. Those conditions can cause fire to grow quickly and get stronger and put first responders on the defense. During a Red Flag Warning, no flames are allowed in the City limits.
Our neighborhood nature was putting on a show as well.
This coyote, and his mate, were trolling for, we think, our neighbor's sweet 10-week-old lab puppy. It has happened here before.

A sign that winter is coming is seeing this guy wandering through our neighborhood.

"We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us." -John Muir

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Ouija Board Lasagna?

As a late-bloomer when it comes to the magicalness that can be Instagram, I am quite often blown away (only to follow, never to post)! And SaltySeattle seems to amaze me often.

SaltySeattle is Linda Miller Nicholson, also known as the Pasta Ninja. She is an internationally-recognized pasta powerhouse. She’s been the subject of several documentaries, has a popular cookbook called Pasta, Pretty Please, and regularly appears on national television, in addition to hosting an online pasta show on The Food Network. She is incredibly fun to follow.

Now, a little history about the subject of this pasta creation- The Ouija Board. In February 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board, boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it “interesting and mysterious” and testified, “as proven at the Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.” It was a time when America was really obsessed with spiritualism and with Halloween looming, could SaltySeattle have picked a more perfect subject? The arrow moved to "No!" Fun stuff.

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Connecting: If Only Briefly...

Connections, even if six feet apart, outside, and for only a few hours, is why we're back in Tahoe before the weather turns wintery.

Our nephew was in Reno on a job and called to let us know he had some free time. We welcomed him eagerly.
Steve barbecued lunch. We filled one another in on our lives and then the boys played a competitive round of horseshoes. It felt almost normal and way fun.
Our friends, who also have another home elsewhere, invited us to bundle up and gather in their Tahoe backyard. We brought our own hot tea and delighted in each other's company in the 42° Sierra sunshine. Hey we will take what we can get! Here's to the light after dark.

𝆕 I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Givin' hugs and shakin' hands
It's a mystery, I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there'll be crowds and there'll be shows
And there will be a light after dark
Someday when we aren't six feet apart 𝅘𝅥𝅮

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So Long Saturday: My Ford Focus

I've posted for Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday. Today, I've started a new blog theme, So Long Saturday.

Nine years ago, Steve bought me this super fun Ford Focus. With great gas mileage, it was the perfect car to travel back and forth from Tahoe to SoCal. With over 100,000 miles on its odometer, it ran well though important parts began to fail. The most noticeable was its power steering.
Last June, we bought me a Subaru, a much more practical car for the Sierras. My Focus has spent the last year in our friend's yard in Minden (long story). It was time for it to go. So Steve found someone to buy my sweet, little Ford and we had to say "So long". Oh the places it took us and the memories we made!

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Leaf Peeping at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fall is when Tahoe puts on its most spectacular show. I'll let the photos do the explaining.

“Fall has always been my favorite season.
The time when everything bursts with its last beauty,
as if nature had been saving up all year
for the grand finale.”
– Lauren Destefano

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And It All Started with a Thrift Store Find

This Tahoe history lesson includes everything from Disneyland to the Polynesian Pop Movement. 

It all really begins at Harveys Wagon Wheel Casino. This Stateline legend started as a family run business in 1944 with one room, a six-stool lunch counter, and a few slot machines and blackjack tables. Through hard-work and a booming business model, in 1963 they built the first high rise in Tahoe. The new resort featured 197 rooms, a host of new table games, and a Polynesian restaurant called Top Of The Wheel.
The Tiki-themed restaurant was decorated by Eli Hedley. That's the same artist who designed Tiki shops at Disneyland and a host of other Tiki-themed spots across the country.

So this is my uber cool treasure. This Top of the World drink mug is adorned with the lounge's logo "Sneaky Tiki".
This 7 ½" decorative drink vessel sent me on a search to learn all I could about it. What fun.
This find is pristine. Made by the Otagiri Mercantile Company, a Japanese-based manufacturer of ceramics, its identifying sticker is still intact with the initials "OMC" and "Japan" very visible. So dang cool.
A little more about the Polynesian Pop Movement... Believe it or not, many believe its beginnings came from the 1935 film Mutiny on the Bounty.
And the man who really made the movement spread was legendary tiki carver Eli Hedley. The Original Beachcomber began his career in a cove in San Pedro. In 1946, his unique profession netted him a yearly salary of $100,000. WOW. That just shows the value of the ocean's treats after WWII.
So how did Disney get involved? In the early 1950s, the state of California wanted to turn Eli's cove into a state park. Walt sent his people to gather decor for this new place called Adventureland located in this new park called Disneyland.
Walt was so impressed with Eli's authentic wares, he offered him a spot in Adventureland.
Tiki's Tropical Traders was Eli's souvenir stand which he ran for the first several years of Disneyland's operations (1955-). The shop was owned by him, and rent free, in exchange for carving early Adventureland tikis and offering a general scenic and authentic feel to the place.
The fine tradition of offering rubber snakes and shrunken heads to young adventurers continues to this day in approximately the same location as that 1950's Adventureland original. Who didn't have a shrunken head?!
As America rode the wave of Polynesian pop as far as it could in the mid-century, the tsunami of the tiki came crashing down in the 1970s through the early ’90s. How cool is it that one thrift store find, no doubt purchased for less than $1, could offer such history and such an interconnection of things I love? Super fun find indeed.

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