This is a video blog where I explain the joy that I get from riding my bike to work. There is so much beauty on the way, and it is a time for me to be completely in the moment, taking in the things around me, not thinking about work or anything else that doesn’t matter in that moment.
It’s my quiet time, a time when I can listen. I listen to my music or I listen to the wildlife around me. It’s a time for me to get energized for the day and also wind down after a day at work. I enjoy watching the flowers and animals as I pass. I don’t get to see this kind of stuff while I’m in my car driving to work. I also like watching my shadow from the sun, and saying hello to people who are going the opposite direction. All of these things add to make my mornings great when I ride in. It forces me to slow my life down, obviously because it’s slower and takes more time to get to work but allows me to actually think, and not just me in my automatic mindset where I move from one event or topic to the next.
I want you guys to find this joy for yourselves also. Get out there and do the things you love. Be completely in the moment when you are doing those things so that you can fully and completely enjoy it. Have a great summer and I’ll see you out there!
Nevada residents are speaking up and letting it be known that they desire environmental protection for Lake Tahoe. In the midst of lobbying and threats the leaders of the silver state have listened to the desires of the people and removed their threat to dissolve the bi-state Compact and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has provided strong environmental protections for over 40 years all over the lake. The Nevada Conservation League also played a huge role in helping with the victory. This will lead to future protection for years to come.
Thanks to the strong bi-state agency, Tahoe will maintain eligibility to receive federal funding for wetland restoration. There is also a lake wide boat inspection program that will continue to protect the lake from invasive species. Land-use planning will also be used to ensure responsible development of local communities.
This is what being responsible your environment is all about, doing whatever it takes to see that the beauty that we enjoy lasts for generations. It starts with us individually and as we can see from Keep Tahoe Blue and local efforts great things can be done on a large scale to help keep our environment beautiful. This isn’t a chance to rest either, people need to do things everyday to continually help our beautiful environments. I know that there are days when I don’t want to volunteer or help contribute to making Reno more beautiful, but thinking about how everyone pitching in really does help motivates me. I also think about how me helping each day to make the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe beautiful will help future generations to enjoy it one more day.
What can you do day-to-day or small scale that could help motivate large groups to do the same for our environment? Let’s talk here!
I just spent a week backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona and had the time of my life. It was my big vacation for the summer and being outside, away from computers, emails, and the real world was such a treat.
The Indian reservation that we backpacked through had red rock canyons, turquoise water, and waterfalls throughout it. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
The lime in the water is what makes the composition of the water the beautiful turquoise color and contrasting with the red rocks and blue skies made the waterfalls a sight I had never seen before.
What trips are you taking the summer? I know it is prime camping and backpacking weather, so where are you going?
For those of you who haven’t seen them up at the lake or your local watering hole, I want to give you some insight into a new sport that is gaining popularity rapidly. It is called stand up paddleboarding, and it is exactly what it sounds like. You’ll see people way out in the water who look like their standing on the water. They are actually standing on a large scale surfboard that is made to balance without momentum and allows you to paddle around and experience the lake and area in a new way!
The sport itself is awesome. I know that especially up in Tahoe the sport is so cool because being elevated above the water level allows you to see straight through to the bottom of the lake, something you couldn’t do in a kayak or canoe. This gives you a new perspective on the beautiful lake and what’s beneath the water.
Next, it’s a great workout. The paddling motion is a good workout for your back, shoulders, and core. Balancing on the board does take some time to master, as well as getting the rhythm for strokes and paddling, but after a few times out you should be able to keep a speed that is great for cruising, or getting a good workout in.
There are many places around the lake that now offer rentals for paddleboards. Here is a link to a great shop in North Shore, and South Shore. If you are looking to own one, they can be pricey based on the quality you would like. Inflatable ones are a great option if you don’t want to spend as much money. Inflatable are also easier to transport. High quality stand up paddleboards can range anywhere from $500-$2000 depending on what exactly you’re looking for. I would suggest checking out Tahoe SUP, as they are a great local company that makes quality boards.
Overall, this sport is awesome. It’s a new way to get outside and see the lake in a way that you probably haven’t before. I know that some people will stand up paddle around pieces of the lake, or even backpack and travel all the way around in one outing. It sounds very fun and I can’t wait to do that!
Have you tried this sport before? How’d it go?
This is a look into an outdoor project that I’ve been working on this summer. I love being outside doing activities, even if it is work. We are working on a patio that is right on the Truckee River. I didn’t lay the pavers but my job has been helping build the rock wall that is between the patio and the river.
What I would do is wade out into the river, find good size rocks and wade back to the shore to stack them and create a stability for the patio. It is hard work and takes a long time to see your progress, but it is also a great workout. We are building the wall up to protect the patio in the event of a flood.
The finished product, a patio to enjoy literally on the river has been so nice. The fire pit has been broken in and there isn’t a bad time of day to be down there. There is so much wildlife to see and watching the river is similar to watching fire, it is mesmerizing and entertaining. Now that it’s summer and people have more time for projects get outside and do something! It is cool to see your hard work go towards something you can enjoy. There is also no better time to be outside.
I am reviewing the Reno Tahoe Odyssey, which I ran over the weekend. It was a great event and an awesome experience. I was on a 12 man relay team that ran 178 miles from Reno, around Tahoe, through Carson City, out to Virginia City, then back to downtown Reno. We had an awesome team and we did better than we expected ourselves to. The camaraderie was incredible, there were costumes, decorated vans, and runners and teams everywhere for 24 hours, all having a great time. The event was very tolling on our bodies, everyone ran between 15 and 17 miles each, by the time the third leg came we had only slept about 2 hours and were exhausted.
Although it was a difficult event, I totally enjoyed every minute and would do it again in a heartbeat. I want to encourage everyone to do something similar, something that they haven’t done. I really want to encourage you to do something like this that you’ve never done before. These events keep life exciting and you usually do things and have experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise.
Plastic bags don’t seem like much, but they pollute and do quite some damage to our environment when they slip out of our possession. They pollute waterways and can kill wildlife.
There are communities around the nation that are doing away with plastic bags. South Lake Tahoe is trying to do the same by encouraging the city council of South Lake Tahoe to adopt the Bring-Your-Own-Bag Ordinance on June 11th.
Plastic bags end up everywhere in our environment. I was hiking along the Tahoe Rim Trail and found some grocery store plastic bags that had been caught in the bushes. They can easily end up in storm draims that lead to the lake. Did you know that the average plastic bag is only used for 12 minutes. There are 19 million plastic bags used in California annually. Plastic does not biodegrade and has entangled or killed many different types of animals.
Click here to sign the petition. You are more than welcome to attend the city council meeting on June 11th to support the ordinance. If you are unable to attend, you are encouraged to write a letter to the South Lake Tahoe City Council. You can also help by bringing your own bags to shop, eat lunch, and do other things. Canvas and other material bags are becoming popular for these uses.
Let’s rally behind this and show the city council that we care about our environment, so they should too! For more information, click here. What are your feelings on this? Please share!