Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Fish Festival



Fall Fish Festival


The Kokanee Salmon are the most colorful and fascinating fish in Lake Tahoe. The Taylor Creek Visitors Center in South Lake Tahoe is the best place to go and view the fish while they are spawning in the Fall. The US Forest Service constructed viewing center where the public can watch the stream profile through a window that has been built into the ground with a tunnel walkway similar to being at an aquarium. The Kokanee start to spawn in early October and around 80,000 salmon will swim upstream to lay eggs. As the fish begin to spawn, they turn a bright red color that is surprising to see in the water. When the female lays her eggs in the creek gravel, she will then start to turn white and begin to decompose, ending the one-year life cycle. The males will then protect the eggs for a few more days before the end of life cycle begins for them. To catch with natural life process in action is exciting and educational.
 


The first weekend in October the Taylor Creek Visitors Center, located 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, will be hosting the annual Fall Fish Festival. From 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday visitors can stroll the 1/2 mile Rainbow Trail loop as Forest Service biologists will engage visitors in the wonders of Taylor Creek. The trail will take you through forests, meadows and marsh lands to the creek where the Kokanee salmon will be within a few feet of your own feet.



Events for the weekend will include children’s activities such as treasure hunts, fish art and a Smokey the Bear visit, educational programs and the Kokanee Trail Run on Sunday that includes a 1/2 marathon, 5K and 10K.


I’m looking forward to this event. Hope to see you up in Tahoe for this natural wonder.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Active Fall Events in Tahoe

Active Fall Events in Tahoe


It is officially what we call the “shoulder season” here in Tahoe.  A time when most kids are back in school, temperatures are cooling but it’s not time to hit the slopes just yet.  This is my favorite time of year and an especially good time of year to be outside enjoying nature. There are many opportunities to join in on some organized events and competitions around the area this fall. My favorite is the Great Trail Race that takes you on foot or bike from Truckee to Tahoe City through the National Forest and parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  The route is similar to the winter’s Great Ski Race.  



There are quite a few adventurous activities in the area to choose from in the near future.


Sierra Stetina's Race
Northstar
September 22-24, 2017
Join Peter Stetina for a journey to Nevada’s scorched desert from Lake Tahoe’s crystal waters and back.  A road rally of timed segments, stocked aid stations and breathtaking vistas brought to you by the creators of Levi’s GranFondo.  There are 5 timed segments, some flat, some hilly.  This is your moment to throw down and show what you are made of.  Outside of the segments there is no penalty to relax, snap photos and be social. 
   


The Truckee Marathon
Truckee
September 24th, 2017
Starting in Historic Downtown Truckee, this event has some home town soul.  Course options include the Truckee Marathon, Truckee Half Marathon and the Truckee Marathon Relay.  Get a taste of this wonderful mountain town as you run to Donner Lake, through Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing. 


Spartan World Championship Weekend
Squaw Valley
September 30 – October 1, 2017
Competitors can choose from 2 levels (12-14 miles or 26+miles).  As racers run the course they will be faced with 30-50 obstacles that will test every bit of strength, endurance and personal resolve.  The unpredictable terrain and Spartan obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone.  Are you up for the challenge? 
  

Great Trail Race
Truckee to Tahoe City
Sunday, October 8, 2017
An epic point to point course that starts in Truckee and ends in Tahoe City.  You can choose to trail run or mountain bike one of the two course options, Elite (aprx. 18 miles) or Classic (aprx. 22 miles).  Enjoy every bit of the journey along the course and at the end, enjoy celebrations with BBQ, beer and music! 
  


Donner Party Hike 
Sugar Bowl Resort
October 14-15, 2017

There are 6 hikes to choose from on Saturday followed by music by Richard Blair, lunch and a Mark Twain portrayal by McAvoy Layne.  The event continues on  Sunday with a walking tour that will take you straight in to Donner Party historical sites- starting just off HWY 89 and finishing at the Donner Memorial State Park by Donner Lake.  



Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update: September, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update


September, 2017 

The Tahoe-Truckee real estate market kicked its year-long malaise during the month of August by posting nearly 200 residential transactions; easily the strongest month of 2017 and the second largest ever for the region by transaction volume. 

Having trailed the preceding year by 3% - 8%, 2017 appeared to showing signs for a regional slowdown after a strong 6 years of steady climbing. Instead, volume leapt to a pace 6% greater than the same month in 2016 and 43% greater than July. Notably, Martis Camp had been performing at about 60% of its 2016 volume before pulling together 6 new home sales including a premium sale at $8,350,000. An additional 9 homes are currently pending sale in Martis Camp.



Lahontan, Gray’s Crossing and Schaffer’s Mill each saw multiple transactions as well. 

Buoyed by these transactions, as well as three lakefront sales at both Donner and Tahoe, average price has crept back to within 1% of 2016 after having lagged by as much as 6% earlier in the year.

August 2016 began a 90-day run that was the most productive ever for the Tahoe Truckee region. Whether last month’s results are the beginning of a similar streak or a spurt of activity heading into a market correction is yet to be seen. With over 300 properties currently pending sale, it would appear the real estate market still has plenty of energy. 

While the prolific winter of 2016-17 delivered abundant snowfall, it had a stymying effect on real estate given the challenge of navigating the region. As such, the benefit to real estate will be felt as attention turns back to winter property; a metamorphosis that typically occurs after Labor Day. Early indicators can be seen in pending transactions throughout Northstar Mountainside, Squaw Valley’s Painted Rock community and Alpine Meadows.

The end of Q3 will be revealing for the local real estate market. If demand remains robust throughout what is historically the busiest time of the year for real estate, we are likely to see strong results throughout the rest of 2017.


Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


The Great Reno Balloon Races



Are you ready for the most colorful event of the season? Starting early in the morning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, have your eyes to the skies as over 100 bright and colorful hot air balloons lift off for the Reno Hot Air Balloon Races. This event is the largest free hot air balloon event in the world and is right out the back door. In 1982 the event took place with only 20 balloons and now, 35 years later, it is a world-renowned and locally beloved community tradition.

It is an early morning. However, the experience is astonishing and well worth the early alarm wake up. The first event starts at 5:00am each morning with Dawn Patrol. It is still dark outside as everyone gathers at the park. Coffee and pastries are available and the excitement can be felt with other fellow balloon spectators. The early morning portion of the event consists of a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. The balloons glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across the darkened sky.
 

As the sun rises and the air starts to warm up there is a small break as the balloons are preparing for take-off. Wandering around the wide open grounds of Rancho San Rafael Park is a great opportunity to talk and mingle with the balloon crews and balloon drivers. Before you know it, the balloons start to rise all around. These balloons are truly giants. It’s incredible. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Then, slowly, each balloon takes off one by one filling the sky above. It is a wonderful spectacle and experience that you will never forget.
 
There is fun to be had all day at the park. Check out Balloon Boulevard for crafts, souvenirs, food and drinks. Tethered balloon rides for children are available to experience what it is like to hang in a basket below the great balloon. Don’t bother to change out of your nighty. This event is also the world’s largest pajama party with competitions for the best pajamas and best bed head.

Don't miss this truly magnificent event. See you there bright and early!

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012