The other side to Tahoes values a sense of adventure
Tahoe has been, is and always will be my home. Even after Im long gone. Im a second-generation North Tahoe ski bum who was brought up on the values of mountain living, born and raised locally and proud of it. Tahoes in my blood.I was raised on small-town smiles and the love of everything outdoors. I have, admittedly, referred to the stoplight in Tahoe City as a landmark when giving directions. And it often takes me a solid half-hour to buy milk and eggs in the local grocery store (what is it now? Luckies? Albertsons? Save Mart?). I love this place because I can walk out my back door and disappear into the woods to a place where everything is silent except for the wind whispering in the trees. That just might be the thing I miss most when I leave town next week. Thats the other side to Tahoes values a sense of adventure. Which is why Im writing this in the first place. The time has come for me to close one door and open another. That means parting ways with the Sierra Sun. It was just about a year ago, a little longer for my own credit, when I wandered into the newspaper office hoping they would take a green-as-can-be reporter under their wing. I walked in expecting some sort of unpaid internship. I walked out with a full-time job. I think it had something to do with me being familiar with the area. And who would have thought? In this year of sink-or-swim reporting, I witnessed the miracle of a brand new and little life open her eyes to the world for the first time. I saw the destruction of fire first hand and stood over the ashes of a fallen home. I also realized just how strong and supportive this community is when it puts its mind to something. I was thrown into the turbulent waters that are Kings Beach; talk about a little funky community with big plans. I will not be lurking in the board room when decisionmakers decide on the fate of Kings Beach. But I will be watching. I grew up reading the headlines of the Tahoe World, and I will keep reading the headlines of the Sierra Sun. Our communities will change; they already have. Hopefully they change for the better.I have many opinions on many issues. But they all pretty much boil down to this: I hope that if I want to move back to my home at some point in life, I will be able to. This community has supported me from day one. I am thankful to all the many local teachers, friends and their families, my church, my parents and all the people my mom talks about me to. And most recently, the people who I have run into over the course of this job. This place would be nothing without the people in it.When I was first hired, my mom told me that as soon as I was (somewhat) comfortable in this job, I would leave. Moms are always right. Where am I going next? Im checking out another town. And then, well, the world is at my fingertips. But Ill be back, thats a given. And it might even be sooner than later (what can I say, Tahoes a hard place to beat.) Julie Browns last day as a Sierra Sun reporter was Thursday. Good luck on your adventure, Julie!
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