Mountain Times: Going, going … not yet gone |

Mountain Times: Going, going … not yet gone

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE and#8212; As temperatures have risen the past 10 days or so, the snow at lake level is melting very quickly. Most of the golf courses are open with a smorgasbord of dry holes and some not so dry. Also many low elevation biking and hiking trails are now passable and so outdoor enthusiasts are getting out.

As to the lakes, they are either full or filling and the rivers are running at very high levels. With the snow still plentiful at the higher elevations, this will be a great year for water sports … but donand#8217;t forget your wet or dry suits as the water temperatures are extremely cold.

I received this email from Mimi Hagen last week: and#8220;The snowpack is pulsating out of the mountains at record speeds. It takes me back to 1967, when Paul, or Pablo, Steve Williams and I ran in the snow at Maidens Retreat on Donner Summit. I was 17, now Iand#8217;m 61. When we dove into the water, yowzer!!!and#8221;

and#8220;On the historian side, and living close to the Summit, I have never seen such a high snow pack with such depth. Get your cameras out. For we did not bare all this weather this winter to not see the beauty of Mother Nature. And remember to keep the pets and children close to you.and#8221; Thanks Mimi.

Thanks to the warm weather, the and#8220;Truckee Brew Festand#8221; was a huge success. Thanks from the and#8220;Truckee Optimistand#8221; club to all of you who attended. The event raised approximately $17,000 and#8220;for the kids.and#8221;

The first and#8220;Truckee Thursdayand#8221; was also a huge success, with record numbers of residents going downtown to hang out, people watch, and to enjoy the music, food, drink and a great variety of vendor/craft booths. Truckee Thursdays has quickly become a weekly tradition for many people as are the Concerts in the Park on Wednesday nights at the amphitheater at Truckee Regional Park.

On Fatherand#8217;s Day, few left hungry at Sundayand#8217;s Rib Cook Off. And, of course, the weather was perfect!

Coming up: This Sunday the Truckee Sunrise Rotary will be hosting its 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Truckee Regional Park. This yearand#8217;s contestants include Best Pies Pizzeria and Restaurant, Full Belly Deli, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Jax on the Tracks, Old Farts Makinand#8217; Chili, Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn, Poets on Payday, Porter-Simon Red Hot Chili Chicks, Squaw Valley Firefighters, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Summit Restaurant and Bar, Truckee Fire Fighters, U.S. Forest Service, and Wild Cherries. Make sure to bring a good appetite, some antacids and your and#8220;Beano.and#8221;

Also, please mark your calendar for the Truckee Optimist Cluband#8217;s 21st Annual Cannibal Cruise Car Show running July 8, 9, 10 at Truckee Regional Park. The weekend will be full of cars, vendor/craft fairs, ongoing music and entertainment, food, famous Saturday night steak barbecue and free concerts by the and#8220;Jackalsand#8221; and and#8220;Drop Theory.and#8221;

There will be Bingo with great prizes on Friday night. There will also be a $500 winner take all burnout contest on Saturday, and Sunday morning Poker Run with a $500 first prize. For these two events you do not have to be a car entry … so sign up and show up. For the kids … and and#8220;kids at heart,and#8221; a Hula Hoop contest with a $100 prize. Please come out and enjoy the fun. Spectator entry is free. For information, car, contest and vendor entry forms, go to or call 582-9062.

Sheand#8217;s back! After being snowbound all winter and fighting off pneumonia and other ailments, our favorite reader Mary DeLisle has surfaced once again! I talked to Mary last week and her spirits are heightened. She can hardly wait to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and enjoy the summer.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

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