Step Back in Time with the Donner Party Hike

Travel is so easy, relatively speaking, these days that we rarely give it much thought. Hop on a plane and you’re on the opposite coast within the same day.  It’s hard to imagine the hardships and triumphs of those who first settled the west, traveling for months through grueling, dangerous conditions to reach their goal.  One great way to step back in time is the annual Donner Party Hike here238-2 in Truckee.  This year’s hike – the 23rd annual – is being held on October 2nd and 3rd.

On Saturday, hikers can choose among six guided hikes with different focuses and skill levels.  Each hike is led by knowledgeable guides who share fascinating details of the area and those who previously settled it.  Hikers can choose the railroad snow shed hike to hear about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through the area, and the Chinese workers who lived and died to make it a reality.  Other hikes include Roller Pass, where emigrants were forced to winch their wagons up a 35-degree granite slope, or our lovely high Sierra lakes, or the Dutch Flat Wagon Road to learn about where and how the road was built and the advent of motorized transport through the Sierra.

Saturday hikes will begin and end at Donner Ski Ranch located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history.  The cost for Saturday’s hikes is $45 per hiker; $50 after September 26.

Sunday provides the opportunity for an additional day of history and exploration as part of a two-day Donner Party Hike package. The day begins with an interpretive walk where participants will hear of the grueling travel and mishaps of the Donner Party and the archeological finds of the group in this area. Participants will then drive to Donner Memorial State Park to view the Murphy Cabin Site and Pioneer Monument. Participants are welcome to view the movie documentary and explore the Emigrant Trail Museum at the State Park, admission to the park is included for the remainder of the afternoon. The Saturday and Sunday package is $65 per hiker; $70 after September 26.

More information and the hike registration form can be found at the hike’s website.

Guide photo courtesy of the Donner Party Hike

North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Waste Disposal Options for Homeowners

This Saturdpaintay, June 20th there will be a FREE drop-off event for hazardous waste. If you have you done some spring cleaning of your home or cabin recently and are wondering what to do with the accumulated waste, this is good news for you!

Saturday’s event will take place at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility at 900 Cabin Creek Road, off of Hwy 89 South, between Truckee and Squaw Valley.  The facility will be open from 8am – 4pm.  For questions and appointments for drop off, call 530-583-7800.  All customers must make an appointment to participate in the hazardous waste event so that they can assign personnel to meet customer demand safely and quickly. The program is free to qualifying residents (with certain restrictions on material types, weights, and volumes). Businesses can drop off on Friday the 19th, if necessary, with some additional fees applicable for doing so.

Hazardous wastes, including universal- and e-waste, are products that contain components or chemicals considered hazardous to the environment and animal life (including humans) and are thus prohibited from entering the general waste stream. If carelessly discarded, such items may contaminate our air, water, wildlife and land. Additionally, placing hazardous waste in the trash poses a risk to the waste handler, so alternatives are made available for customers to divert such products from landfills and waste processing facilities.

Just a note, Truckee residents may also place household batteries curbside for collection on their service day. For easy identification, batteries must be contained in a ziplock bag, and placed on top of the garbage can lid.

Green waste can be dropped off at the same facility Monday through Saturday from now through October 31st.  Green waste includes tree limbs, pine cones and needles, brush and bark, dry grass & leaves and yard trimmings.  Eliminating green waste from your property is crucial to maintaining proper defensible space around your home in case of wild fire.  Many communities, such as Tahoe Donner and Serene Lakes, mandate, or at the very least strongly encourage, defensible space perimeters be in place for all homes in their community.

Serene Lakes Property Owners Association also sponsors a free chipping program during the summer for their members. The chipping dates are July 7th, Aug. 11th, and Sep. 15th.  In order to get the free chipping the homeowner has to be a SLPOA member.  You can sign up on the SLPOA website.  SLPOA has contracted directly with Placer Co. and will pay the fees.  If the homeowner is not a SLPOA member, they need to contact a private tree company and make the arrangements through them.

The maximum load for any one drop-off is 6 yards, which is about 40 large plastic bags.  The facility asks that you tarp your load to prevent losing much of it along the road before you reach facility.  When dropping off, please present proof of residence for either Placer or Nevada Counties.

Great information about the services provided by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal can be found at their website.

Truckee Clean Up Day

For the past 10 years, the Town of Truckee has held a town-wide Clean up Day and Townwide Block Party on the first Saturday in June.  This year, the tradition continues! Former Mayor, Maia Schneider, was the brain child behind this unique concept, and we’re proud to say that Dickson Realty has been involved since its inception.

There are  check-in stations in most of the local neighborhoods and everyone from small children (with parents in tow) to senior citizens spends an hour or so cleaning up roadside trash in their part of town.  Trash bags are provided, as well as water and snacks to keep you going, and even a limited edition t shirt for all participants. After your shift, you can join your neighbors and friends at the Truckee River Regional Park for a down home BBQ for all volunteers.

2014’s Clean up Day had over 800 volunteers collecting over 3 tons of trash – an awe-inspiring, and a bit frightening, amount!

As a resort area, it makes sense to put our best face forward as the height of the visitor season approaches, and thus, many local businesses help to sponsor this event.  This is also a great teaching moment for our kids, and a way for each of us to take ownership of this lovely spot we call “home”.

So, grab your work gloves, and some friends, and let’s IMAG0470make our part of the world a better place.  You need not pre-register to participate, just show up at one of the check-in stations on the day of the event.  You’ll find a list of those stations here.  See you at the BBQ!

December Calendar of Events for Truckee / Lake Tahoe

DECEMBER 2013

December 1 Pancake Breakfast – Sierra Senior Services

Truckee Donner Sr. Apts, 10040 Estates Dr, Truckee, 8 am – 11 am

December 1 Pizza on the Hill Half-Price Pizza Hour

11509 Northwoods Blvd, Tahoe Donner – 5 pm – 6 pm

December 3 Toys for Tots – Fundraiser

Zano’s, 11401 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee – 5 pm – 8 pm

December 5 ECLIPSE Release Party

Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co., 11197 Brockway Rd #1, Truckee – 5 pm – 8 pm

December 6 Cabona’s First Annual Ladies Night – Holiday Shop

Cabona’s, 10100 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee – 5 pm – 8 pm

December 6 First Fridays – Music & Food

Historic Downtown Truckee, 5:30 pm – 8 pm

December 6 TOCCATA Presents Messiah

St. Gall Church, 1334 Centerville Ln,Gardnerville, NV – 7 pm – 9 pm

December 7 Handmade Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Faire

Sierra College, 11001 College Trail, Truckee – 11 am – 4 pm

December 8 Pizza on the Hill Half-Price Pizza Hour

11509 Northwoods Blvd, Tahoe Donner – 5 pm – 6 pm

December 11 TOCCATA Presents Messiah

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd, Incline Village, NV – 7 pm – 9 pm

December 15 Pizza on the Hill Half-Price Pizza Hour

11509 Northwoods Blvd, Tahoe Donner – 5 pm – 6 pm

December 22 Pizza on the Hill Half-Price Pizza Hour

11509 Northwoods Blvd, Tahoe Donner – 5 pm – 6 pm

December 29 Pizza on the Hill Half-Price Pizza Hour

11509 Northwoods Blvd, Tahoe Donner – 5 pm – 6 pm

NOTE: For more detailed information on any of the events including cost, visit the online events calendar provided by Truckee.com. Be sure to check the Truckee, Northstar, Squaw Valley and Kings Beach regions under “City/Area” to get links to all the events.

Skiing for Schools – 2013 / 2014 Season Calendar

As has been for several years, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, in alliance with  ski/boarding resorts in the area, will once again offer discounted lift tickets on certain days.  All proceeds from the lift tickets benefit educational opportunities for local students.

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation endeavoring to enrich education in the local public schools through  grants, resources and partnerships for not only  students, but teachers and the entire educational community as well  in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

The Skiing for Schools kicks off in December and will end in April. Tickets must be purchased in advance at various local vendors and are limited and non-refundable.

December 14 – 20                  Sugar Bowl – $35/day lift tickets available the week before at

Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach or Truckee

January 5 – 10                         Tahoe Donner Cross Country – $15/day trail pass available

the week before at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City

January 12 – 17                       Homewood – $35/day lift tickets available the week before at

Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach or Truckee

January 26 – 31                      Tahoe Cross Country – $15/day trail pass available the week

before at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City

January 26 – 31                      Tahoe Donner Ski Area -$25/day lift tickets available the week

the week before at Porters in Truckee or Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach or Truckee

March 1 – 7                               Royal Gorge – $15/day trail pass available the week before

at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City

March 22 – 28                          Sugar Bowl – $35/day lift tickets available the week before at

Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach or Truckee

April 6 – End of Season         Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows – $35/day lift tickets

available in advance at Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach

or Truckee

To Be Determined                  NorthstarDiscounted lift tickets available the week

before at Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Kings Beach or Truckee

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.  For additional information, call 530/550-7984


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