Flowers and smiles slake that slurry |

Flowers and smiles slake that slurry

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Nicholls Real Estate Group

In June I began writing a piece on “where did all the flowers go?” After a very wet winter, most wildflower lovers, like me, were disappointed in the spring/early summer array of wildflowers.

I wanted to write about the meadows covered with camas and lupines and other spring flowers, but there weren’t enough around to write about.

For those of you who have hiked in the upper elevations the past couple of weeks, you have been blessed with an incredible pallet of nature’s wildflowers. I was treated to dozens of different wildflowers last week when I hiked a section of the Mt. Rose loop trail with a good friend, Tom Castle.

I was especially treated by the presence of “elephant heads,” my wife’s favorite wildflower. These little pink flowers have what appear to be elephant ears and a trunk, thus the name. They only grow in very wet areas and usually in areas of running water. Some years they are not seen at all. To see them at this time of year is very rare.

We have had favorable reports from colleagues and friends about beautiful displays of flowers along the Pacific Crest Trail, Mt. Judah Loop, Loch Levon Lakes trail, Summit Lake and Shirley Canyon. I am sure that there are many other areas in the 7,000-foot-plus elevation that are just as spectacular.

So, if you haven’t been out to see the flowers, it’s not too late to put on your hiking boots, strap on your backpack and get out there.

This morning I was driving through Tahoe Donner on my way to work. I must have passed nearly 50 people walking, jogging, bicycle riding, dog walking (and dogs walking their owners). I even saw a few skate boarders.

It was an incredibly beautiful morning and I noticed that everybody ” including the dogs ” had big smiles on their faces. Seeing these people enjoying themselves just reinforced what a special place we ” “residents” ” call home. Don’t ever take it for granted.

It’s apparent there is a new contractor in town doing the slurry sealing of roads. Last Saturday I noticed traffic cones with “barely legible” notices taped on them, saying that we couldn’t park on our street on Tuesday due to slurry sealing. On Monday, a plumber who was going to fix a leak for me tried to get to my house but was told by a flag “person” (located two blocks away) that the street was closed for slurrying, and he was denied access.

I came home that evening leak not fixed and no slurry.

On Tuesday I told the plumber not to bother coming, so I put a bigger pot under the leak and went to work. I dropped by the house mid-afternoon and still no slurry and no flagger. When I got home later one lane had been slurried and all the cones were gone. I figured the contractor would complete the job on Wednesday, so I emptied the pot, called the plumber and told him to wait until Thursday to come.

Wednesday evening I got home and there was still only one lane sealed. I called the plumber and told him to come on Thursday no matter what. Today is Saturday, the street is only slurried on one lane and I noticed I still have a small leak at the house.

So, who knows when the rest of the street will be slurried. There is only one cone along the street that says “no parking Tuesday,” but I think it’s just one that fell off the truck last week.

Glad I saw 50 smiling faces this morning.

The answer to last week’s question, “What was the name of the restaurant that preceded Gar Woods at its Carnelian Bay location?”

The Carnelian House. The early bird winner was Corine Harvey, who gave me her answer in person when I arrived at Sierra Sports and Physical Therapy at 6:15 a.m.

Other players with the correct answer included Charlie White, David Mahoney, Sharon Beyer, Ken Arnett, Gordy Kjer, Leah Krone, Jerry Blakely, David and Linda Brown, Paul Arthur, Kris Partain, Debi Moore, Kevin Conway and Linda Williams.

Additionally, Mark Newfield, 60-year resident; Geri Bean Lawson, 55-year resident; and Mary Delisle, 85-year resident, informed me that in the 1950s there was a restaurant, in a different building but at the same location, named The White House. It apparently burned down sometime later and was replaced by the current building.

“The White House was the fanciest and most expensive place to eat at the lake,” Geri Bean Lawson said. “People would save up money for months in order to go there.”

Mary Delisle recalled that “The White House had incredible seafood. The abalone was the best I ever ate.”

Many of the winners also mentioned Gar Wood’s signature cocktail, the Wet Woody. If you haven’t had one, you need to get over there and try one, or two, or…

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

Creative Interiors currently occupies the blue and white building at 13406 Donner Pass Rd. at Donner Lake. What was the name of the business that occupied the building for decades and who was the owner? Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer.

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