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Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe; winter touring in Northern California

Vernal Falls in Yosemite, taken last January; again, no snow in a drought year.

Cross country skiers on road to Glacier Park, usually snowed in from December to March (photo courtesy National Park Service). Our Scotty in front of Yosemite Falls last January; note, no snow in the valley. The Truckee Hotel is just north of Squaw Valley; and provides overnight accomodations. Rangers lead a snowshoe tour along Lake [...]

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Lake Tahoe for Valentine’s Day, or, anytime; take the sunglasses and binoculars!

Emerald Bay on a hazy Tahoe winter day is perhaps the most photographed location around the stunning lake!

Emerald Bay on a hazy Tahoe winter day is perhaps the most photographed location around the stunning lake! Several friends, and my wife, upon reading my recent Record feature and blog about romantic Valentine’s Day destinations in northern California, all noted “you omitted Lake Tahoe?”.  OK, perhaps a big oversight.  Revisiting my list of destinations [...]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA; Part III of III

During the 1960 Olympics, a compact Olympic Village had been constructed at the north end of Squaw Valley, CA, consisting of four dormitories for athletes, the Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, three outdoor skating rinks and a 400 meter outdoor speed-skating rink.  But, Squaw Valley did not easily offer the terrain for world-class cross country skiing or [...]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA; Part II

Both the 1960 and 2014 Olympic sites were small, unknown and undeveloped venues; the choice of Squaw Valley, a struggling ski area with one chairlift competing against Innsbruck, Austria, St. Moritz, Switzerland and Chamonix, France, shocked many.  The VIII Olympic games opened on February 18, 1960, with Vice President Richard Nixon presiding for the US.  [...]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA, USA

Perhaps you did the math and considered a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening on February 6.  But the challenge of distance, cost, and fear of terrorism to get to the Sochi games likely put the idea out of reach.  Instead, find the spirit – and the ghosts – of the [...]

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