Do Tell: What Were Your Summer Tourist Season Experiences?


2023 gave us our second post-pandemic-lockdown summer, which affected Truckee/Tahoe locals in different ways.

This month’s question is: What were your 2023 summer tourist season experiences or feelings?




Errol Kerr, Glenshire
Lifetime skier/ski bum

Tourism is what fuels our economy. I love tourism.


Rachel Dobronyi, Truckee
Maker of mats

I feel like I’ve seen tourists taking a more mindful approach to visiting Tahoe, and are generally open to deeper experiences.


Johannes Griesshammer, Sierra Meadows
Perpetual optimist

I was able to take some time off and go down to Mexico and be a tourist myself, and it felt great to not be on the receiving end for a change.

Isaac Mejia, Glenshire
530 born and raised

At my work [Raley’s], I experienced a large influx of Bay Area people, very distinct Bay people, wanting to get a lot of groceries for their little cookouts and things; very busy with the tourism, lots of people, for sure.

Kara Davis, Donner Lake
Water gal

We finally got our shoulder season back, and I felt that people were way more clean and more respectful than they have been in the past.


  • Ted Coakley III

    Lived: OH-TX-OK-CA-NY-CA Visited (work and/or non-work): many states all over the U.S., MX, Canada, Central & South America, Asia & Europe. High on my wish list is Ireland, all over Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, China, Iran, Bhutan, Ecuador, Iceland, Bali, Baja .... well, okay, any/everywhere would be great to visit. Worked: photo, film/video, manual labor, high finance, menial, profound. Someone recently asked me, "You like to talk to people that others don't like to talk to?" I answered that I do like doing that, as much as talking to anyone else, but it's not "a thing" for me that I'm especially into. A day or two later, it struck me why I was asked that - because a lot of people are not like that ... not like me in that way. I'm glad I'm not like others in that way. ¡All for fun and fun for all!

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