Quiet, Relaxing Tahoe

Tales and Stories

My first visit to Lake Tahoe at age 5, was exciting being surrounded by massive mountains. At age 8, I was allowed to roam behind my grandmother’s cabins located on Montreal Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. The mountain was my venture into the deep wilderness. I tried sneaking up on chipmunks and squirrels. I climbed massive stones, some I could see the Lake once on top. I first strapped on a pair of snow skis and taught myself how to turn on a patch of snow behind the cabins.

I have been told stories by my Grandparents of Mrs. Whitney who settled on the mountain. With the help of an old Spaniard, she and he built a beautiful cabin and all girls private summer camp. She, with the assistance of the Spaniard, cut trees, removed the bark, and let them dry,  all at Lakeside. Once properly dried, they would haul them up the mountain where they built her home. During snow season, they moved them by using a large flatbed sled, drawn by horses. My grandparents had visited her home, telling me how her bed was placed into a bay window projecting out from the room, which allowed her to look over the treetops to see the lake.  I have heard, from longtime locals, that her nephew still lives on the property and works at Harvey’s.

The foundation is all that remains of the camp after it burned down.

The original Harvey’s was a meat market that had a gambling back room. Since Harvey’s was the only meat market around, the locals bought their meat from him. The story goes, when Harvey was drunk and sleeping it off behind the counter, the locals would take what they needed, weighed the meat and left payment on top of the next to the till.

There is the story of Fannette Island, where the “Tea House” is located in Emerald Bay. Constructed for Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight where she had noon tea with her summer guests.

Before Mrs. Knight had the tea house constructed, Captain Dick Barter had built his cabin on top of the island. His cabin location blazed the trail for Mrs. Knight’s tea house. The story of his demise goes something like this. The Captain was a deep sea sailor who had moved to Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay. The story told, was that he would sail his boat to Tahoe City where he would stay late drinking. Emerald Bay is located several miles from Tahoe City. Anyone familiar with the rapid weather changes of Lake Tahoe Basin can attest that weather can change rapidly and catch a sailor off guard. In 1873 this happened to Captain Barter as he sailed back to the island from Tahoe City. His boat was found capsized along the shore of the lake. His body was never found. To this day, at night around midnight, the time he usually would have arrived back to his island, his ghost can be observed climbing slowly up the path of the island. He will sing a drunken sailors song as he treks back to the cabin. Wikipedia 15 September 2017

Quirky Lake Tahoe Stories

By Tahoe Staff   http://tahoe.com/articles/quirky-lake-tahoe-stories

“Any self-respecting town should have its weird stories, and Lake Tahoe’s quirky ones make for entertaining pondering. For starters, there’s George Whittell. He was an odd old bird with enough money to excuse his eccentricities. A preservationist at heart, Whittell bought up several tracts of land on the north near Incline Village and built himself quite the stunning residence, Thunderbird Lodge. As far as quirky goes, Whittell would throw poker parties in the game room, and if his luck were down, instead of enjoying the sport of the game, he’d excuse himself to the bathroom, open a compartment in the shower and retreat to the lodge via a secret passageway, never losing face or money.

If you’re interested in gory lore, the locals claim that the when the mafia had bodies to dispose of, the thugs would throw the corpses into the middle of the lake. The depth of the lake and near-freezing temperatures, these individual are said to be suspended several meters below the surface, fully intact, one still wearing her wedding gown. And, we can’t help but mention the legendary Frank Sinatra — a fire involving his cherished CalNeva at Crystal Bay, some insurance money and a whole lot of not talking about the scandal.

Then there’s Sand Harbor State Park, the only state park in Nevada that consistently makes money due to the popularity of the beaches, convenience of the boat launch and stellar lifeguard staff.

And, what about ole Mark Twain? He visited Lake Tahoe to stake a claim for timber or gold and ended up burning down his shanty, all the trees on his claim allotment and on down to the beach.

If you’re looking for a place with a distinctive personality, make sure to visit Tahoe and ask the locals lots of questions. You’ll get truth and legend and a good laugh if nothing else.”


Street Entertainment 
October/November 2017 – Just Before The First Snows
Before the first snow and the ski crowds visiting, South Shore Lake Tahoe offers a relaxing environment. Bands and musicians play for the entertainment of patrons to California Burger, Azul (Mexican cuisine) and Base Camp Pizza, seen above and below.



Salmon Return To Their Birth Spot

Within the borders of the National Forest Service, Visitors Center flows Taylor Creek.












As a youth, my grandfather and I fished Taylor Creek. I cannot remember ever catching salmon. In fact, I never snagged any fish out Lake Tahoe; I was too busy exploring and not enough time fishing.

For other water sports, the Lake is perfect. The first two feet of the top layer, the water is warm, below that the water remains cold. Our children used the tops of wetsuits for wakeboarding and even swimming.

Sitting in a ski boat in the middle of the lake offers a person and their dog, time to be transported into nirvana. Very little boat traffic, and almost o interruptions. Be sure to lather on the sunscreen for the periods of sleep because of the warm sun.

Riva Grill
Serves a great meal and you can enjoy the view of the lake from any spot within the restaurant or on its outdoor deck.

Riva Grill is located at the Lake end of Ski Run Blvd. on the lake. The location to board MS Dixie Dinner Dance Cruise to Emerald Bay and back. During dinner, the sun sets in the western hemisphere.


Marriotts Timber Lodge and Grand Residence

Situated between the Marriott’s Timber Lodge and Grand Residence is Heavenly Valley’s Gondola. In late October and early November Heavenly’s crews are performing maintenance on all their lifts. When staying at either Marriott resort during ski season, leave your apartment to walk out the door with ski’s, and you get on the Gondola to head up the mountain.



Within the same village are shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries, ski shops, water sports shops and all these only steps away from Harrah’s and Harvey’s.


Gambling During Slow Times

The casinos are almost crowd-free, so much so that you can walk up to tables and play without waiting. Slot machines are wide open. The casino atmosphere is also relaxing,

During our visit, Harvey’s was holding the 2017 World Series Of Poker Circuit Event.



Strolls To The Lake
Mornings offer a great time to walk from the Marriott to the sit on the Beach of the Lake. Spend time reflecting, creative thinking or running with the kids along the Beach. The Mountains surround you, giving you the feeling of almost like a baby wrapped in a blanket. Reflections off the lake of these surroundings add to the dramatic experience.





Lake Tahoe during off times offers us the opportunity for solitude and quiet time. Time to:

1: Overcome Fears

2: Let go of guilt

3: Change our mindset

Christina Park, a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine, can provide a more in-depth into these three topics.  https://tinybuddha.com/blog/3-ways-embrace-need-solitude-quiet-time/

The busy person needs to plan for quiet times each day, as well as extended stays of quiet time. Retirees will experience to reflect on how to get back in tune with themselves. Lake Tahoe will offer the perfect environment for these rejuvenating sessions between seasons.


While writing the article, I contacted Lake Tahoe Historical Society out of curiosity on Mrs Whitney. I wanted to verify the stories my grandfather had shared with me during my times for visiting the Lake. Remember, grandfathers, love to elaborate on the facts in order to create a story of excitement. Lake Tahoe Museum ran and operated by volunteers. When I inquired about Mrs Whitney, I was informed that Free Lance Writer Jill Beede just completed an article about the founding of Camp Chonokis that was founded by Mrs Whitney and Mrs Pope of Pope Estates South Lake Tahoe, Pope Estate

Jill composes the fiction article from the eyes of one of the young ladies who grew-up attending Camp Chonokis. The story changes from an all-girls school to an all-girls summer and winter camp.

Should you find yourself curious about this fantastic fiction article, contact Lake Tahoe Museum to ask for the article to be mailed to your home. Better, visit the Museum and become a member asking for a copy of the article. Membership is more than reasonable.

Lake Tahoe, an exciting Alpine experience with hundreds of stories, all exciting. Polk Estates has a very exciting story of history. Another Blog article for a different time.


Memphis, Tennennesse

The American Civil Rights struggle led to a tremendous universal change for American Africans. These struggles secured the rights in voting, education, housing, services, and employment.



These struggles did not come about without sacrifice and struggle. Dr. King rose up from Alabama leading this march in equal rights; his leadership was tragically ended with his life. The effort continues today, with significant improvement in understanding that can be seen all around us.


Not only Dr. King’s endless struggle for equal rights leveled the playing field, but music from the late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the birth of Blues also played a big part in bringing blacks and whites together. Music of all types seems to be universal and neutralizing angered emotions. Wiping out color, conflicting traditions, conflicting personalities, and political differences.



Starting with black and whites were share farmers together, both working the fields side by side. United in the effort for earning a good income for the support of each their families. Yes, there were many discrepancies. Each family supported the other in correcting those discrepancies.


Sharecroppers worked six days a week, evenings and weekends were spent listening, playing, and singing blues together. Music created movement, rhythm for the body and emotions bridging the separation gap of color. This bridge was not constructed without some struggle. Some groups refused to accept any differences. But these difficulties were not reserved for just one group, but to American Natives, Asians, African Americans, Irish Americans, Hispanics, the list of race and religion are still seen by these minority groups as different. Though the difference has gone from hatred to different.


Observing both of these movements, one can see many races participating together; civil rights produced a serious attitude, while jazz, blues, blues rock produced a happy clan expression.


As gospel Blues, blues and soul started to take over the land, so did segregation, intermarriage, all groups fighting for equal rights. Music was ongoing through Dr. King’s efforts, and his efforts were supported by all the various groups that were rewarded by the marches.


Visiting Memphis, and in particular visiting the Rock & Soul Museum, which was researched and compiled by the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian demonstrates how this form of music played a part in reducing the gap between African Americans and Whites. With the thought of all that was achieved through artists, like BB King, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, the list is endless.


The playing field has been leveled, but the struggles for all groups still meet some minor resistance.

We all should play some Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kipp Anderson, Etta Baker, all of them to remember that the past has created the bridge of civil rights.

Hurricane update for Denver and Mooresville, NC. These two towns are both 5 hours from the coast of NC and 3O minutes north of Charlotte.

County emergency reports of both areas last night.

Mooresville states: up to 15 inches of rain, winds (but no determination of how strong) have 72 hours of food and water.

Denver states: we are holding to make any determination of how bad the storm will affect the county, but have at least 72 hours of food, water, and prescribed medication on hand. 5 to 10 inches of rain, no flood warnings.

As of 8:38 PM Both areas upgrade winds to 25 mph, with gusts of 50 mph. Power outages should be expected along with trees falling.

We are pressing forward to retrieve our passports in White Post, VA and then 6-hour drive to Mooresville, NC.


Despair Strikes Us

The monotonous drive along I 40 was broken up with a stop and detour.
The stop in Seligman to refuel directed us to visit the small town. How many of us remember that great black & white weekly series Route 66. One of the towns, Seligman is genuinely a black & white town. Today two small but colorful sites, the Rusty Nail, and Delgadillos Snow Caps offer a break from the drive. Old structures, that once drew for Buzz and Todd of the great weekly show Route 66 to this Seligman. For those who do not remember this cool show, here is a link to “Route 66: Black November.” Route 66 Black November Still one of the coolest ‘vettes around.

Our detour was to travel north on 64 to the Grand Canyon, one of the Worlds seven wonders, it indeed is a wonder. We entered this National Park driving to Mather Point, which offers spectacular views from all different angles.


The first inhabits of the Grand Canyon were Native American’s that suddenly disappeared about 1,000 BC. By 500 AD the tribe known as the Basket Weavers occupied the area. Between 1,200 to 700 years ago the Anasei moved in building small and large Pueblo’s.



New inhabitants from 1,200 years ago to present day are Cerbat, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Navajo. These tribes are still among the population of today. They occupy much of the land from the Grand Canyon to New Mexico.

The year 1869, a one arm Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powel, formed a party of 9 men and 4 boats to travel down the Colorado River. At the start of the journey, they had no idea of the hazards they would have to traverse. The purpose of the expedition was to document the terrain, occupants, and sightings. His writings are accurate. Remaining of the party at the end of the voyage, was 2 boats and 4 men.

In 1816 Congress approved the formation of the National Parks Service with the strict direction to preserve the wonders and beauties of this land. Powell became the founding director of the Bureau of American Ethnography. Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/#qh5MHMUWZx7bXjVg.99
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Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter. The Grand Canyon stretches 277 miles from Lees Ferry to Grand Wash Open Desert.

June 30, 1956, United Airlines DC7 and TWA Super Constellation maneuvered around a towering cumulus cloud, in doing so the airliners collided. All 128 passengers and crew members were killed. Airline wreckage was found at Temple Butte and Chuar Butte of the Grand Canyon rim.



The first view of the Grand Canyon is breathtaking. Vast open expanse, the depth and the color mixture detailing the age of the Canyon. Looking across the wide open canyon, the visitor will notice the green crown of small pine trees covering the plateau. Scanning down the wall reveals light golden tan soils, followed by small trees and foliage. Below is a combination of golden tan and red copper soils supported by a deep copper red foundation. The floor of the canyon, 6,093 feet down, is covered with deposits of all clays, trees, and the mighty Colorado River. The river’s currents stir up the bottom soils, mixing with the water, that the river blends in with the floor soils.


The average, fast pace visitor, attempting to absorb all the sites and information within the allotted time given for their vacation, glances and walks away to the next location on their list to visit. Visitors retired should stop to observe the details in the landscape, the caverns in the wall of the canyon, the eagle gliding in search of prey, the changing of the light and shadows as the sun sets. Search long enough and with the sun shining just right on the wall, revealing a large pueblo in one of the 4,000 discovered in the borders of the park.

Entering an exiting the park, the visitor may see elk grazing on the sides of the road. Other wildlife is bobcats, California condor, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and mule deer.

Entrance fees to enter the park can be found before your visit at https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Now our despair; many of us have awakened with a scary feeling that something is not right. We both realized late Friday that our passports were in the safe on the moving truck traveling ahead of us to Virginia. Why Virginia? Our furniture will be stored in Virginia at the “Mover Dudes” warehouse. Why do we care about our passports, we depart Charlotte for Spain at the end of the month.

Jodie’s genius surfaced with, “go to a post office that is open on Saturday and where they issue passports.” She opened her search engine and discovered such a Postal Office in Kingman, wow we are driving in the correct direction.

Jodie contacted the National Passport office to be informed that for each of us to obtain an expedited passport, we would have to contact San Francisco passport office, have them overnight our birth certificates to a regional office of our choice, Atlanta Georgia or Washington DC and they would take an application for replacement. Wait two weeks for them to expedite the replacement passport and pay the fee of $205 for each person.

Jodie’s other suggestion, call the Mover Dudes office and see if we could re-route our path of travel to meet the shipment at the warehouse. Allowing us to open the safe and retract our passports. We did contact them, and they said “com-on bye, glad to help.”

Change in our journey to North Carolina will incorporate a visit to White Post, VA.

A stop in Winslow, AZ got us singing all the Eagle songs. It is a must stop with an excellent hotel for those who take the Eagles seriously.