Mountain Times: The ‘perfect’ summer holiday
TAHOE/TRUCKEE – You have heard of the “perfect storm” where all atmospheric conditions form in such a way that creates a storm of incredible magnitude.Well we didn’t have the perfect storm over the Fourth of July holiday, but we did have the perfect conditions to basically do whatever we wished to do.With warm temperatures you could participate in just about any outdoor activity you could think of, including hiking, biking, golf, tennis, walking, exercising, bird watching, etc. Campers also enjoyed the warm daytime temperatures and moderate night time temperatures to enjoy their first “comfortable” camping vacation of the year.With the abundance of water in the lakes and rivers, you could boat, water ski, wake board, kayak, raft the rapids, fish, swim, sail, jet ski and even skinny dip if you were that brave.And, with the remaining snow in the high country, you could ski, board, sled and even build a snow man.The conditions for watching parades, fireworks, and to “people watch” were also perfect.And, for those of you who chose to stay home and away from the crowds, conditions were perfect for working around your yard, and at night the early cycle of the moon made for perfect star gazing! Wow, what a week!Among the things our family did included spending special time with our daughter Christy who came out from Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the week, a fun evening at Truckee Thursday, time at the beach at Donner Lake, skiing at Squaw Valley followed by watching the “Cushing Crossing,” a trip up to Kidd Lake to view the campground we are “supposed” to be camping at in 2 weeks, enjoying the Truckee Fourth of July Parade, and visiting with our friends and clients at our annual parade watching party and BBQ at Dickson Realty. During our excursion to Kidd Lake, there was still one to three feet of snow in spots around the PG&E campground, and some drifts of snow 6 to 8 feet deep on the dirt road from the Royal Gorge trail head lodge. The road has been plowed sometime recently as far as the campground, but there are still some large pools of water and some muddy, slushy spots that are barely passable. Anyone thinking of going up to Long Lake or the Devils Peak area, be prepared to park and to walk over snow for quite a distance.Approximately a thousand people attended the “Cushing Crossing” at Squaw Valley on Sunday afternoon. For those who have never been, this is an annual event (normally held in May) where skiers and boarders, singularly or in groups, dress in costume, and ski down the hill a couple of hundred yards to gain momentum to skim across the pond at the bottom. The goal: to get to the other side! Approximately 10 percent of the 70 or so entrants made it. The remainder of the pack either sunk in the water part way across, or fell on the snow laden ramp before even making it to the pond! In one case, a contestant (male) with fully exposed “butt cheeks” fell on those cheeks about 100 feet prior to the edge of the water. I am sure he will be in some pain during the healing process of his multiple abrasions caused by the coarseness of the snow and the rock salt that had been placed atop the snow to harden it. Ouch!Next up … this weekend is the 21st Annual Truckee Optimist Club Cannibal Cruise Car Show. Over the years this event has raised more than a half million dollars to support kids programs, scholarships and sponsorships for the youth of our area. There will be ongoing entertainment, a vendor/craft faire, bands, BBQ, games, Bingo, Saturday burn out contest ($500 winner), car displays, cruise, Poker Run ($500 winner), and much more. Free admission to spectators! See the event schedule this week in print in the Sierra Sun.Also mark your calendar for the 2011 Martis Camp Home Tour on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced tickets are $40, $45 the day of the event. View some of the most luxurious homes in our area while supporting quality public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Call 530-550-7984 or visit http://www.exined.org for info.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.