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West Shore trail weaves along Lake Tahoe, into the forest

West Shore trail weaves along Lake Tahoe, into the forest

Trail builders in Lake Tahoe need to find other places to lay down pavement. The West Shore trail from Tahoe City to Meeks Bay is too pretty. Too many beautiful distractions and photo ops are along this 11-plus mile (one-way) trail to keep pedaling. I felt like I was...

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2 ‘Dirt Around Lake Tahoe’ book events in October

2 ‘Dirt Around Lake Tahoe’ book events in October

As hiking season at Tahoe slowly comes to a close, so do the 2019 events for "The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes." A presentation with slide show and talk will be Oct. 3 from 6:30-8pm at the REI in Roseville (1148 Galleria Blvd.) To register for the free...

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Giants manager a winner no matter the record

Giants manager a winner no matter the record

What a season it has been for the San Francisco Giants. No matter what happens on the field today for the last game of 2019, they will finish the season with a losing record. That, though, isn’t what is so significant. To me, it’s that manager Bruce Bochy will be at...

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Tahoe hiking book events in Bay Area, Carson Valley

Tahoe hiking book events in Bay Area, Carson Valley

There will be two opportunities in the next week to have me sign your copy of “The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes.” On Sept. 26, I will be at Book Smart in Morgan Hill (421 Vineyard Town Center) from 6-7pm. In addition to a short presentation about this...

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Birthdays are a time to celebrate and reflect

Birthdays are a time to celebrate and reflect

Birthdays, to me, are an opportunity to take stock of the past year and make plans for the next. It’s not the same as making resolutions at the New Year, despite this being my personal new year. The assessments are not something I pronounce to the world. It’s an...

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5 interesting stories about Mexico and her people

5 interesting stories about Mexico and her people

·      Fewer Mexican immigrants are coming to the United States, and those who do are more educated. ·      Apple is opening a flagship store in Mexico this month; the only country in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States that will have such a store. ·     ...

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Mexicans proudly celebrate independence from Spain

Mexicans proudly celebrate independence from Spain

Once war was declared, it took 11 years for Mexico to gain its independence from Spain. The start of the revolution – Sept. 16 – is the day Mexico celebrates as its Independence Day. It was that day in 1810 that Miguel Hidalgo led the revolt, with a verbal declaration...

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The incomplete streets of South Lake Tahoe

The incomplete streets of South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe time – it’s something locals know all about. Usually it’s in reference to people arriving late and events not starting on time. It could also be a definition for the delayed implementation of infrastructure projects. When the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning...

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Sometimes I forget what my name is

Sometimes I forget what my name is

It’s rather embarrassing when I forget my name. It’s not that I entirely forget it. I sometimes hesitate. It’s like a long pause before I remember what to say. Such are the hazards of going to a Spanish-speaking country and your name means what. Kae sounds like que....

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Relaxing Truckee River float a scenic wonder

Relaxing Truckee River float a scenic wonder

  Two hours or more of outstanding fun. That’s what floating down the Truckee River is all about. It’s one of those summer rituals that locals and tourists enjoy, and that most ages can participate in. While there are multiple commercial entities to rent a raft...

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South Dakota making bank off ex-Pats in Mexico  

South Dakota making bank off ex-Pats in Mexico  

Driving around Baja California, Mexico, it would seem like most of the visitors are from South Dakota based on license plates. Don’t be fooled; those aren’t visitors. People with South Dakota plates are most likely permanent residents of Mexico, aka ex-pats. They have...

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