Friday, August 22, 2014

Gearing up for Burning Man

Burning Man alkali dust.
The annual Burning Man event in the Nevada Desert is August 25 -September 1, 2014. Burning Man is a large gathering of people seeking personal expression in a temporary city featuring, art and musical exhibits.

The temporary city, Black Rock City (BRC), is sited in an alkali flat 124 miles north of Reno on Highway 447. Traffic in an out of BRC is always a problem for the 50,000 plus participants, so steps have been taken to minimize congestion. BRC has its own airport, ride sharing is encouraged, and a shuttle service is provided from San Francisco and Reno.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Truckee Rodeo Rides to Town this Weekend

The 40th year of the Truckee Pro Rodeo is this weekend, August 23 and 24 at McIver Arena in Truckee’s Regional Park. The rodeo brings cowboys from all over the Western United States to compete in various events. The final event each day is bull riding.

I like the Truckee Pro Rodeo for its small town feel with a Friday “Kids Day”, Beauty Pageant, and team events for locals. You can watch the event from the shade on the lawn or sit on the sunny side in the bleachers.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Park City Ski Resort faces Winter Closure

Park City night skiing.

Park City Ski Resort, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, is embroiled in a legal battle that could force a winter closure. The controversy involves the lease agreement between the resort owner, Park City Mountain Resort (PMCR), and the property owner, Talisker Corporation. 

For some reason the lease agreement “accidentally” lapsed. Now the land owner, Talisker Corporation, wants to renegotiate the lease at a much higher price.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Trail connects High Meadows to Tahoe Rim Trail

Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the opening of the new 3 mile Monument Pass Trail in South Lake Tahoe. The Monument Pass Trail connects High Meadows to the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) near Monument Peak.

The new Monument Pass Trail is a steep singletrack trail on the backside of Heavenly Ski Resort. The trail joins the TRT at the 8,800 foot level. The near-by summit of Monument Peak is just over 10,000 feet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Truckee River Legacy Trail is a Regional Jewel

Riding down the switchbacks toward Truckee.
The Town of Truckee has just completed a 3 mile trail extension to the Truckee River Legacy Trail. The trail is now 5 miles in length and connects Truckee Regional Park with Glenshire housing development.