Lake Tahoe’s Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is a relatively unknown part of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry and well worth the short twenty minute hike from the Bay View Campground at Emerald Bay.  The views are breathtaking and the sound of the water is overpowering.

The trail is easy and somewhat flat.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

When you reach the top of the falls, granite dominates and the views are fabulous.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

During early spring, the falls are flowing beyond the banks and difficult to cross.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

A link to a YouTube video is below.  If you have a moment, take a peek and listen to the sound of the water cascading over the granite into the lake.  Eventually, this water rests in Lake Tahoe, travels down the Truckee River out of Tahoe City, and ends the journey at  Pyramid Lake just outside of Reno.

Lake Tahoe’s Cascade Falls



PCommunity.  What does it mean to you?  A group of individuals inhabiting the same area with similar interests?  Or, is it more? This past weekend, Tahoe residents gathered to celebrate the life of two separate individuals.  They were both sons, husbands, brothers, grandchildren, co-workers, friends, and local Tahoe-Truckee residents.  Their paths never crossed during the course of their lives but many knew them both.  Our loss is heartfelt.

Lake Tahoe from eastcoast

Lake Tahoe from eastcoast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am grateful for this small mountain community. The jewel of the Sierra’s, Da-ow-a-ga (Tahoe), was considered by the native tribes to have healing powers.  Da-ow-a-ga was sacred and a “giver of life”.  Tahoe’s magic is not only found in the land but extends to the people who live here.

Community?  What does it mean to me?  Everything!  The true soul of the High Sierras is found in the people who love and support one another unconditionally.  Da-ow-a-ga gives life to it’s people by providing enchanting beauty, a stillness, resources, and an everlasting strength.  Its people are truly one with the land – magical.

Sierra Black Bears

Black Bear Cub Wanting to Join the Barbeque

Black Bear Cub Wanting to Join the Barbeque

The bear population in the Sierra Nevada continues to grow and the moment you meet one of these omnivorous animals face to face, you realize they are big and powerful and could do a lot of damage to your refridgerator if allowed to come inside.  The bears living in the Tahoe and Truckee areas are generally non-agressive and casually walk away when confronted with loud noise or a concentrated effort in defending the homestead.  They are looking for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, not you or your pet and if that is not easy to get, they loose interest.The Tahoe Basin has the second highest density of black bears in North America, with several bears per square mile at times.  They are territorial and will travel throughout the Sierra Nevadas to avoid another bear’s territory.  Some people believe the black bear hibernates over the winter season but it is only a semi-hibernation period.  Often, we see bears on the ski slopes or at the end of a driveway digging through garbage.  The mortality rate of young bears is at approximately 50%.  When coming into contact with humans, they run into trouble by either being hit by a car or euthanzied for public safety concerns.

American Black Bear

American Black Bear (Photo credit: siwild)

In an effort to co-exist with these animals, local communites have learned to use bear boxes for their garbage, keep doors and windows closed when not close by, secure pet food indoors, not leave food in the car overnight, and do everything they can to scare the bears away when they stop by for a snack. When bears become habituated with humans, they can become a problem and many people have come home to broken windows and a raided refridgerator.   I had a neighbor come over one day, asking for help.  He was upset by a “bloody mess” he found in his kitchen one afternoon. Red paw prints were all over his kitchen and out his back door.  After some investigation, we discovered an empty jar of strawberry jam that apparently had been mixed with ketcup and olives.  What a mess!PWe all love the bears.  Let’s do everything we can to co-exist.   The black bear population is growing along with the human population.  A lot of their territory has been taken over by us.  Personally, I like to give them as much room as they need.