Update: Red, White, and Tahoe Blue

Arriving at Incline Beach for the Red, White, and Tahoe Blue event, I saw a scene unlike what I had originally expected. Bikini girls everywhere, families’ barbequing, live concert jamming, volleyball games, and sunbathers everywhere. I was not sure why this was a surprise, as I should have known the scenery would’ve resembled Summertime in its finest. Hula bars, hot dogs, and coolers full of beers everywhere, the beach was a hot spot for fun! However, I had not premeditated this scene and had brought only the clothes I had on…so I opted to watch the fireworks from the rocks near Hidden Beach. From here, one can have a professional photographer snapshot view and enjoy full size fireworks without the noise levels completely piercing the ears too much. Fireworks that came in all sorts of shapes: peace signs, hearts, smiley faces, and more. It was definitely a sight to see and remember.

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A photo I snapped off from the rocks of Hidden Beach at night.

Next year though, oh, next year will most definitely have a surprise. The event can expect a fully aware and ready Jess, ready with full on tan, bikini, beach chair, sunscreen and a full cooler of chilled beverages. This was my first Red, White, and Tahoe Blue as a new Reno local!

Any other tips you have for next year’s Red, White, and Tahoe Blue event? What is the best time to arrive? Please leave comments below.

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A photo of Hidden Beach during the day.

Local Event: 4th of July Red, White, and Tahoe Blue

It has been rumored and historically noted that the origin of Kings Beach lies in an old story where a superb player named Joe King earned his poker earnings fair and square from opponent George Whittell. The prize was in the form of the beach town of Tahoe, suitably known nowadays as King’s Beach. Accordingly, there is also the annual Joe King Poker Tournament. There is nothing more sweet than cruising over to the beaches of North Lake Tahoe for a day of relaxation and natural beauty.

Here one can find white sands soft enough to sun bathe on for hours, proceed to float the warm waters and play in the light surf. For lunch or dinnertime, the restaurants range from tasty taquerias to breweries galore. Boutiques, hippie stores, tattoo parlours, and small proprietor shops renting kayaks and paddle boards line the streets. For any visitor or local, a visit through Incline Village and crossing over to Kings Beach is an absolute must for one to absorb varieties of cultural roots in an exciting and fulfilling day trip.

Among the O’Neil Tahoe SUP & Paddle Board Races, gorgeously adorned weddings, the summertime Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and among many other events, I recommend a special trip to see this year’s sixth annual Red, White, and Tahoe Blue. This spectacular event runs from July 3rd-6th, displaying aerial practices, land military demonstrations, wine tasting, parade, art vendors, musicians, and of course, the grand finale of firework shows on the lake.

There is nothing more beautiful than watching the explosions of celebration glare back reflectively from the aspen waters. A great idea would be to use a boat service to ensure the best seat on the lake. The service I would consider most ideal is the local Action Water Sports Incline Village, catering to multiple tastes with options including private boat rentals or fireworks cruises. But on the other hand, you may just find me nestled among warm blankets on the plush sands of the shore, with a hot Irish coffee in hand. The options of the Reno-Tahoe area are certainly endless.

How do you plan on celebrating July 4th? Please leave a comment below.

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The firework show will be stunning.

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A photo of me at the Vista Point in Incline Village, NV.

Source: North Lake Tahoe

Hiking Mount Rose

As John Muir once pointed out, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”

Here I found myself agreeing more and more with him as I started my hike on the Mount Rose trail from the Summit trail head on Highway 431 (Mount Rose Highway). The trailhead is perched at the top of the Mount Rose Scenic Byway, with easy access for parking, large restrooms and maps available. At the beginning of the climb you have a stunning view of Lake Tahoe in all of her entirety, nestled among the mysterious and wild Sierra Nevada Mountains. Climbing the trail one will notice unique flora and fauna, volcanic rocks, mountain peaks, endless forests, and minimalist views of the highway snaking through to Lake Tahoe. The most shocking view was about 45 minutes in, when I noticed I could see John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel from the trail. Healthy-living always seems to hold moments of surprise when you least expect it.

Mount Rose is the second tallest peak in the Lake Tahoe Basin, with the trail head itself starting at roughly 8,900 feet. You add another estimate 2,000 feet if you hike all the way to the very top. Panting as I was and with a blister the beautiful shade of red on my left heel, I admit I did turn around halfway up the trail. But I am determined to finish this gorgeous trek, only next time with hiking socks to match my Scarpa trail-running shoes.  I anticipate it being more smooth of a journey now that I know what to expect halfway up the hill, and the snow just might be melted by then! In the meantime, reading Yelp reviews from other hikers of the Mount Rose Summit Trail can always be helpful.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Josh and me in Tahoe
Josh & Me
Tahoe from Mount Rose
A Winter View from Mount Rose

Image: http://www.summitpost.org/january-2004-view-of-lake/76604