Mountain Life

Covering Tahoe Truckee’s community, people, pets, health and wellness, and nature.

Jessica Barton: When Opportunity Knocks, She Answers


Jessica Barton wears many hats in the Truckee/Tahoe community including co-owing Full Belly Deli with her husband, holds a executive sommelier certification, is a partner with Business Opportunity Brokers, and trains using CrossFit in her spare time.

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.

John Muir’s “Squirrel of Squirrels”

The Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii), aka the chickaree, aka the animal that “Peterson Field Guide Mammals of North America” calls “the noisy little squirrel of the evergreen forests of the West,” is one of...

Bored of Leaf Peeping?

Take a quick trip to these downtown Reno craft breweries.

Fun Facts about Tahoe’s Flora and Fauna

By WILL RICHARDSON  |  Moonshine Ink The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), is all about connecting people to Tahoe’s fascinating natural history. Here are some facts about local flora and fauna that are sure to peak interest.

The Shift in Consciousness

In a newspaper comic strip, two ancient Mayans stand in a temple, dressed in regalia. One of them holds the round stone carving of the Mayan Long Count calendar and says, “I only had...
Losses and Coronavirus

Secondary Losses and Coronavirus

The U.S. has surpassed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, and even if you don’t know anyone directly affected, It’s not as easy as you think, but you WILL get through it.

A Dog Park for Truckee


The park would include separate areas for small and large dogs, a double-gated entry system, 8-foot and 6-foot fencing for each area respectively, seating, play structures, dog waste stations, a cooling station, a dog wash station, and more, and would be operated year-round.

Cohabitating, Lichen Style

Lichen can’t be discussed without talking about cohabitation — two partners living in one space. In this case, it’s on the surface of rocks and trees, and the two partners are fungi and microscopic...

A Weekend of #VanLife


Outwesty Camper Vans is a Westfalia rental service based out of Tahoe City.