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Cadavers, Cousteau and Lake Tahoe


Rumours of Jacques Cousteau's ties to Tahoe

Getting to Know Alvin, Simon, and Theodore

Why do we often think of Alvin and the Chipmunks when we think of chipmunks? Movie stars trump nature? As much as celebrities take over the limelight, there’s much to learn about the real striped speedy mammal.

Bored of Leaf Peeping?

Take a quick trip to these downtown Reno craft breweries.

Which Tree Is Which?


The Jeffrey and ponderosa pine trees may look alike, but there are subtle differences.

Sarah Obexer-Fields: West Shore Successor


Sarah Obexer-Fields is a wife, mother, and part of the legendary Obexer family, a West Shore boating dynasty that can be traced back to the early 1900s. Obexer-Fields talks about her famous family, Tahoe, and locals’ struggles.

Potatoes — Filling or Fattening?


We all know the potato is filling, but is it fattening, too?

Raise. Rehabilitate. Release.

Our friends at Word After Word shared some of their favorite books to help plan adventures in the Tahoe outdoors.

I ♥ Lake Tahoe


The Lake Tahoe silhouette has soared in popularity in recent years, and now graces everything from stickers to T-shirts to bags. Why do we love the lake's image so much? Because it's so much more than just a lake.

The Cunning Coyote

There is something about the coyote’s call, something that calms my fear of having too much civilization and not enough wild.

The Bluebird Landladies

Every spring for the past two decades, citizen scientists Ann McBride and Patty Evans have monitored egg counts in 50 bluebird boxes they had placed in Martis Valley and the Kyburz Meadow area. “You never know what you’ll find in the boxes — it’s like Christmas,” says McBride. While this labor of love requires tenacity and hard work, Evans wouldn’t have it any other way. She adds, “It’s magical every year.”