Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July 2011 in Tahoe

(My video is FINALLY DONE! I shot from 11am to 6pm, edited from 6pm past midnight, rendered 'till 3am and passed out before the upload was finished... Please click through to YouTube and thumbs-up for all the hard work.)

Cave rock: Boat launching, rules, locations, boat inspections & Fees

Zephyr Cove: MS Dixie / Tahoe Queen, concert @ Zephyr Cove beach, fireworks there, alcohol bans for more info.

Edgewood: Edgewood $195 golf/fireworks deal, 4th of july gala $79 beach access SOLD OUT

Stateline : Events @ stateline:

ABBA cover band,

Jo Koy 7/2,

Masters of Magic,

clubs 4th: Altitude, Vex, 19 Kitchen/Bar (find a spot to point)

The Garage Boys 7/3

Improv @ Harvey's: Tommy Savitt and Erin Foley; intro for Horizon guy

Horizon (tonight): Stand up with entertainment director, Bethany Owen?

KRLT booth: Lights on the Lake, South Lake Tahoe’s spectacular Fourth of July fireworks event is a display of light among the best you’ll see on Independence Day.

The show begins at approx. 9:45 p.m.. Be sure to arrive early as the area fills up with spectators hours earlier.

Tune into KRLT-FM 93.9 or KOWL-AM 1490 to listen to a synchronized musical broadcast.

Heavenly Village: 4th of July skiing (Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Kirkwood are open with fresh snow above 7500ft that fell the 29th),

Squaw Valley has a festival with live music every day and a fine arts and crafts festival going all 4th of July weekend with a concert by

"Big Head Todd and the Monsters" and a fireworks show on 7/3

Alpine Meadows will have live music every day with

The Alternates on July 2,

Monophonics on July 3 and

Tracorum on 7/4.

HV2: Duck Boats, McP's, arts/crafts fair, art walk, car/truck/motorcycle cruise 7/1

Tahoe-Bykal Fuynbdraiser at the top of the heavenly tram on 7/1 $60

Ski Run / Marina: Tahoe Queen, Riva Grill, fireworks from ski run

El Dorado Beach: Beach/boat launch closures, road construction report, campground, camping tips, banners

CalTrans and NDOT have stopped road work from July 1 through July 5th: all lanes at Echo Summit and from Trout creek to Ski Run will be open. Construction continues at Lakeview Commons and El Dorado beach will be closed. The El Dorado and Douglas county sherrifs will be holding DUI checkpoints in the basin ALL weekend, not just 4th of July so remember that though it's never a good idea to drink and drive, it's an especially bad idea to drink and drive up here on a holiday weekend because you WILL get caught.

Whisky Dicks: "Pukey's American Throwdown" featuring:

Dernnis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers,

The Cowbelleros, and the Drift Alley Lobos ($8 door 7/3),

American Legion crafts fair (footage?)

Fire Station / Smoky Bear: Private fireworks prohibited, fire safety rules: No fireworks, Campfires in approved grills only,

-- Just because the sign says "LOW" fire danger dosn't mean you can ignore fire safety. See for more information.

Tallac Historic Site: Valhalla arts/jazz festival events, what's going on @ Camp Richardson, fireworks from Kiva,

dog friendly places for the 4th, "Life and History of the Washoe Rribe" @ Camp Richardson 7/2-3


Carolyn Dolyn and Big Red (Texas Blues)@ boathouse theatre 7/1

Summer Jazz in the park 7/3 : Sam Rudin "Boogie, Blues, & Jazz"

Old Fashoined 4th of July

Tahoe Improv Players 7/5

north shore events: Kings Beach 7/3 fireworks, Tahoe City Commons Beach concert / fireworks, incline village red white and blue 4th (10AM Saturday 7/2 parade down Hwy 28 in Incline village, helecopter rescue demonstration, 1PM; Shakespeare festival benefit breakfast on Sunday 7/3 ), etc... South shore beach with view of the north shore maybe?)

Super Diamond @ Crown Room in Crystal Bay 7/2

Yo Mamma's Big Fat Booty band 7/3

Mark Sexton Band at Commons Beach, Tahoe City 7/3

Thursday, June 23, 2011

You sun burn twice as fast in Tahoe! WEAR SUNSCREEN

Did you know that you are over a mile and a half closer to the sun when you're in Lake Tahoe and consequently burn almost twice as fast?  It pays to wear the right sunscreen when you're playing up here.

 Go for a waterproof liquid or cream sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30 (preferably 50+). 

Re-apply liberally and often!  Don't trust your body to tell you when you need more, Tahoe is known for its "sneaky sunburns" -- Just because there's a low temperature and a lake breeze dosn't mean you're not getting burnt to a crisp.

See the FDA consumer update at:
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Weekend in Tahoe: Diana Krall, carnival, and fine dining


At the Horizon: Boys and Girls Club Carnival June 16-19
At Harvey's Outdoor Amphetheatre: Diana Krall June 18th
At Whisky Dicks: The Chop Tops, the Swillbillys, and the Morones
At Valhalla: TOCCATTA presents: Trio Brio June 19th

Outdoor crafts faires at the Horizon, at the American Legion hall, as well as a swap meet at the Elks Club.

Coming next week:
Wiz Khalifa at the Montbleu WEDNESDAY June 21 (summer solctice)
Crystal Method at the Montbleu Friday, June 24

** Call the Montbleu box office in advance to confirm ticket availability for Crystal Method before you order.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fallen Leaf Lake day trip guide

Fallen Leaf Lake is a great day trip from Lake Tahoe. It's a glacial lake about 3 miles long and 1mile wide wedged between Mt. Tallac, Cathedral Peak, and Laker Tahoe. 

It has been the location for Tahoe scenes in many famous movies including "The Bodyguard" starring Whitney Huston and Kevin Costner and "City of Angels" starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage.

It has a full marina and is home to some of the best small lake boating in the Lake Tahoe area as well as a full campground and many historic sites.  It is fed by Glen Alpine stream via the spectacular Glen Alpine waterfall.  Take a 4-wheel drive car and drive carefully as the roads are one-lane and not well maintained but the adventure once you get there is well worth the drive.

Also check out the bonus footage of my dog enjoying Fallen Leaf Lake 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Heavenly Gondola maintnance crew

My salute to the brave men who keep the Heavenly gondola running safely...

They climb the ski lift pole and rapell down the wire checking every inch of the wire: That's more than 2.4 miles of sliding down a wire with nothing between you and the ground except a safety harness and your budies on the roof of the next cab. A wire you have to check BECAUSE it just might have worn through carrying 60,000 people up the hill over the winter.

That's 3,500 vertical feet from Heavenly village to the top on this gondola plus these guys have to check another bigger and steeper tramway up the face in California and 96 smaller ski lifts, too, before they can move on to their main job of installing new ones later this summer.

Heavenly Erection Crew: They can get it up!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dance of the Squirrels!

My dog Throttle loves to watch the squirrels in our backyard... Sometimes large numbers of them come and dance like a scene out of "Fantasia" so I decided to go whole hog and put it to Amilcare Ponchielli's - Dance of the Hours  -- Enjoy

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 2011 Concert Report: Diana Krall, Crystal Method, Wiz Khalifa

June 2011 Concerts and Events in Stateline / South Lake Tahoe:

(Click the QR Code in the video for a cool app.)

June 3, the mighty surf loards, monkey pinata and those that kill @ whisky dicks
June 4 Las Vegas performer Clint Holmes will be playing the Harrah's South Shore room and Adient Zoo, Bison, and The Tick Tock trio at Tallac Brewery
June 4th and 5th wagon train will be having their annual horse & buggy parade from stateline to meyers. More info:
Also this weekend, the kids from the environmental magnet school in association with the US Forest Service will be putting on an environmental fair and tree planting at Taylor creek.
Bob zaney and Rocky Laporte at Improv at Harveys.
June 10th captured by robots will return to whisky dicks in their bring on the rock tour.
June 11th and 12th forever dance will be returning to Montbleu with all new dubstep to dance to.
June 12th there will be a slow rollers bicycle poker run.
Horizon will be hosting the annual Boys and Girls Club carnival on the 16th through the 19th as well as the Bethany Owen "one voice" celebrity impersonator show and a free Tahoe themed puppet show on
Saturdays in the arcade.
June 17 Ky-Mani marley and Gramps Morgan will be playing "reggae at the lake" at Cal-Neva on the north shore.
On June 18th the Montbleu will be hosting the firemans ball featuring Tahoe cover band Pop Fiction
On June 18 at the Harvey's Outdoor Arena: Diana Krall
Wiz Khalifa June 21 @ Montbleu
Valhalla summer jazz series will be featuring a different jazz band every weekend starting with trio brio on June 19 , Hip Service on Thursday June 23 and Golden Bough on the 24th. for more info.
Also that weekend (6/24) at roundhill pines beach in Zephyr Cove John Wayne in Pain will be playing with Mystic Roots and DJ Irieyes
Jo Koy July 2 @ Montbleu
Diana Krall - June 18
Alison Krauss and Union Station - July 10
Lionel Ritchie - July 16
Soundgarden / The Mars Volta - July 20
Slightly Stoopid / Rebelution / Shwayze - July 27
Lady Antebellum / Troy Olsen - July 29
Steve Miller Band / Dave Mason - July 30
Phish - August 9 and 10 SOLD OUT
Miranda Lambert / Little Big Town - August 19
Sammy Hagar and the Wabos - September 10

Monday, June 6, 2011

No Photo is Worth Dying for!

When you go out photographing in Lake Tahoe this year remember not to get so wrapped up in taking the perfect photo that you ignore the warning signs, jump the safety rail, lean too far out and don't watch your step.

Remember, nobody can see that perfect picture if your camera is laying in a broken pile under the bottom of the waterfall. Stay safe, everybody.

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