To say this winter in Tahoe has been a dud (especially compared to last year) would be an understatement. The entire Tahoe region has been quite dry, receiving only an occasional snowstorm that covers the mountains. There is snow out there, but you have to go and find it. Fortunately I live close to Carson Pass. Its elevation is high enough to consistently receive and hold snow and, as my friend Val said, “That place is like going into the backcountry right out your car door.” So, I’m grateful for having that playground in which to explore. In fact, yesterday I cross-country skied to Winnemucca Lake with friends. Although, it was so hot the three of us were shedding layers with every passing minute!
What this lack of snow (and work at the cross-country ski center) has caused me to do is to be more flexible. So, for a couple of weeks I worked for (my company’s) forestry department and helped with their prescribed burns. Interesting work, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to make some money, but the fact you’re surrounded by smoke all day is a deal-breaker. I definitely wouldn’t want to do it for more than a few days at a time.