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Hiking the trail of transformation

Buy a ticket, then strap on your walking shoes and head off to Donner Summit Sunday, Sept. 9, for “Passages,” the Trails and Vista art walk,.

Amidst stunning landscape, 40 artists in dance, poetry, music and art perform at eight outdoor venues along the two-and-a-half mile Donner Rim Trail/Pacific Crest Trail near Boreal Mountain Ski Resort.

The renowned ensemble of Balinese musicians and dancers, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, blend traditional Balinese folk dance and modern interpretation with the bell-like tones of bronze percussion instruments. Other artists include Chief Red Hawk, who returns with stories and flute music; InnerRhythms Dance Theatre; Christopher Childers of Cirque du Soleil and taiko drummers.



This year’s theme, passages, honors the concept of transformation from one state of being into the next, say the organizers, who are pretty sure this experience will resonate deeply with participants.

“The purpose of Trails and Vistas is to re-establish bonds between individuals and their creative spirits, as well as individuals and nature,” says Nancy Tieken Lopez, artistic director. Views of canyons and alpine lakes make this trail spectacular in its own right. Add performance and installation art, and you have the best of all marriages.




Hikes depart every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. Park at the Pacific Crest trailhead near Boreal Ski Resort, just off Interstate 80. The hike takes place at about 7,200 feet and traverses some rocky areas. Participants should be prepared for a single-track hike. No dogs are allowed. Lunch is available for purchase, courtesy of Big Wave Burritos and Wraps.

Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $10 in advance for students and may be purchased in Truckee at the Chamber of Commerce (in the Train Depot), For Goodness Sake and Between the Notes in Old Gateway Center; also in Tahoe City at Frames by Ryrie and in Tahoe Vista at Vista Gallery. For credit card purchases, call The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee (530) 582-5655. Tickets are $5 more at the gate.

Go online at http://www.trailsandvistas.org for more information or contact Nancy Lopez at (530) 550-8262 or at nancy@trailsandvistas.org.

Happy trails!


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