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Party of 5

My son has moved home after graduating from college; at least I think he has. I'm not sure because he's only home occasionally. He's part of a roving party, or so it seems to me at my age; it looks…

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Death-Defying Views at Lake Tahoe’s World Class Flume Trail

As the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for the clarity of its water, its magnificent vistas, spectacular ski resorts, and limitless tourist attractions. In fact, as the second deepest lake in the USA, Lake Tahoe holds so much water that it can cover the entire state of California up to 14 inches. Tahoe can be experienced a number of ways, from easy walks along the shore, riding Heavenly Ski Resort’s year-round gondola for panoramic lake views, or cruising along the shore by paddlewheeler or kayak.

Sailing along the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe

Sailing along the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe

While researching biking options during my recent visit over Memorial Day Weekend, Tahoe’s Flume Trail was beckoning the adventurer in me. Once I learned that the Flume Trail is rated among the top mountain biking trails in the US — if not the world — the decision to conquer my fear of heights and embark on this thrilling experience was a no-brainer.

In the late 1800s, the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company transported its raw lumber via a wooden flume located 1600 vertical feet above the shores of Lake Tahoe. While the wooden flume has long since been disassembled and the days of hauling timber provide for an interesting history lesson, the path used for the wooden flume is now the setting for one of the most hair-raising mountain biking adventures in the nation.

Tahoe's northeastern shore in Nevada

Tahoe’s northeastern shore in Nevada

If you didn’t bring your own mountain bike to Tahoe, Flume Trail Bikes offers rentals for this world-class ride. Located in Incline Village at the northeast shore of Tahoe and at the end of the trail, Flume Trail Bikes rents high quality mountain bikes beginning at $35 per day; for $10 they can also shuttle you to Spooner Lake, where the off-road adventure officially begins.

A mecca for mountain bikers, Tunnel Creek Cafe is where you can rent bikes and catch the shuttle to Spooner Lake.

A mecca for mountain bikers, Tunnel Creek Cafe is where you can rent bikes and catch the shuttle to Spooner Lake.

Instead of taking their shuttle, I opted for an 11-mile ride along Nevada’s Hwy 28 up to Spooner Lake so I could relish the spectacular blues that make Tahoe so famous. The incredibly rich hues definitely made the more than 1000 vertical feet of climbing worthwhile. The color of the water was so rich I imagined myself in the South Pacific, not the Sierras.

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Come by Bike

Planning a trip to the beach this weekend? You're not alone — there could be large crowds at local beaches this holiday weekend. Here at Big Corona, Memorial Day marks the seasonal shift, from winter to summer at the beach.…

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Bike Lane Markings from Arizona

How about this for a laid back biker? And is that a chef's hat he's wearing? You'd never guess where this easy going cyclist is located. On Scottsdale Road, one of the busiest arterial roadways in the entire Phoenix, AZ…

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Traveling? Bring Your Helmet

It is amazing what can be done on a bicycle. The "Can Do" list for bikes just expanded at our home. Thanks to the adventurous (and light packing) nature of Daughter One, our list now includes: • Picking up a…

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