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Rafting on Tahoe’s Truckee

River is now open

The dam gates are open and the river is flowing, and rafting along North Lake Tahoe’s scenic Truckee River is now open.

Tahoe City-based Truckee River Rafting opened June 12. Truckee River Raft Company, also in Tahoe City, opened June 14. The companies offer self-guided, five-mile floats down the Truckee River.

Most trips are leisurely and take two to three hours to complete, with patrons exiting at River Ranch Lodge near Alpine Meadows Road along Highway 89. Guests can park in Tahoe City and take free shuttles back to their vehicles after the float anytime before 6 p.m. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (weather permitting) and footwear is mandatory. Trips include parking, shuttle,

paddles, life jackets and commercial rafts for two to 20 people. Group rates are available.

For more information about rafting, raft companies, dining and lodging in North Lake Tahoe, click to http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com, and http://www.TahoeHighNotes.com for a complete list of free and ticketed musical performances, festivals and headliners.

Monthly meeting for local trackers

Northern Sierra Trackers is an informal group of people who meet once per month to learn more about their surroundings by “reading the ground”. The group includes individuals with widely varied backgrounds and experience, but with the common interest to find the tracks

and sign of our local wildlife.

The dust and mud not only reveal actual footprints which can be identified, but also the evidence of how those animals live day to day. Many stories are written on the ground if you only take the time to look closely. A raccoon wanders along the edge of a puddle, a skunk stopped by for a drink, frogs skim the bottom mud in search of a meal while an egret or heron may have stood nearby looking for the tasty frog. Bears, foxes, coyote, squirrels, deer, various insects and birds have left their sign for trackers to interpret.

Everyone is invited to join in, no experience necessary. The group meets on the first Sunday of the month. For further information contact Scot Woodland (530) 210-4950 or email scotea@hotmail.com.

Sugar Bowl’s Lake Mary cabin dinner series returns, Sunday evenings

Sugar Bowl’s Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series returns to Donner Summit this summer, featuring Chef Alan Davis’

French-inspired California cuisine, served in a stunning lakeside setting below a Palisades backdrop. Dining will be offered most Saturday and Sunday evenings from July 22 through Sept. 16, with seating offered from

5:30 to 9 p.m. In addition, each Sunday evening will showcase a different local nonprofit partner from the Truckee/Tahoe community, with a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefiting their worthy cause.

This summer’s Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series dates, including special Sunday night nonprofit partner evenings:

July 22 (Benefiting Donner Summit Historical Society)

July 28

July 29 (Benefiting Young Life)

Aug. 12 (Benefiting Truckee Trails Foundation)

Aug. 19 (Benefiting the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science)

Aug. 25

Aug. 26 (Benefiting the Truckee Donner Land Trust)

Sept. 1

Sept. 2 (Benefiting Donner Summit Area Association)

Sept. 8

Sept. 16 (Benefiting the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation)

Every evening is open to the public, and reservations, strongly recommended, can be made by calling (530) 426-7002. Further information, including dates, directions, non-profit partner missions and sample menus can be found by visiting http://www.sugarbowl.com/lake-mary-dinners.