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Lakes, Lakes and More Lakes!

July 25, 2020

One of the major draws to the Truckee-Tahoe area is, of course, the stunning beauty of Lake Tahoe. I was fortunate to have friends with lakeside homes...


The Sierra Valley – A Birder’s Paradise

May 18, 2020

The Sierra Valley is a natural treasure trove that lies just east of Nakoma and can be easily accessed via Hwy 70. This 120,000 acre wetlands is about...


The Dragon: Famed Northern California Golf

May 15, 2020

“Taming” the Dragon, Nakoma Resort’s championship Northern California golf course, is no easy feat. That’s about to change. Thanks to extensive enhanc...


Nakoma… an island of internet connectivity.

May 7, 2020

That ideal home in the mountains is something that many of us dream about. The Lost Sierra offers just about everything on your mountain-dream checkli...


Coronavirus and the Second Home

April 28, 2020

If you’ve been in a mountain community or its social media “chat-o-sphere” lately, you would have a tough time not noticing a disturbing streak of neg...


Easter 2020 in the Sierra Nevada

April 12, 2020

It’s probably strange for pretty much everybody to think about how different this year’s Easter celebration is from previous years. Last year my two s...



March 8, 2019

Esteemed Tahoe Builder Mark Tanner Construction Partners with NakomaNakoma Resort is thrilled to partner with Mark Tanner Construction on exciting rea...


Round Lake Hike

August 12, 2018

Moderate terrain, 4 mile loopThe Round Lake hike is one that I usually do in early summer because the flowers in the first section of the hike can be ...


Fern Falls

May 20, 2018

It was a Sunday afternoon, my day off after a long work week, and I just had to get up to Lakes Basin and soak in some of that quiet beauty. I didn’t ...


Snow Melt is ON

May 6, 2018

With the recent warm weather, I decided to head up to Lakes Basin this morning to see what’s hikeable. I’ve been out of town for a week and before I l...


Spring Up to Smith Lake

April 20, 2018

Approximately 2 miles round trip, gentle incline, snow on the trail.One of the first trails to be accessible in the spring is the Smith Lake trail. Th...


Skiing Lake Davis

March 30, 2018

The late arrival of snow this year has brought many blessings to the Lost Sierra. An added bonus is warm weather cross-country skiing. There’s nothing...


March Miracle Longboard Race

March 19, 2018

After disappointingly dry weather in January and February prevented the races from being held, the enthusiasm was sky high yesterday at the World Cham...


Winter is Here

March 5, 2018

Winter has hit the Lost Sierra at last. It’s been snowing off and on for the last couple weeks. We’re not talking a dusting or few paltry inches here ...


Snow at Last!

January 21, 2018

I’ve certainly enjoyed the late season hiking in Lakes Basin this winter due to the lack of snow, but I was overjoyed to awaken yesterday to a few inc...


Graeagle Creek to Smith Creek

January 7, 2018

One positive aspect of this strangely dry winter is the fact that Gold Lake Highway is still open and hiking is still abundant. With a couple hours av...


Christmas Greetings

December 25, 2017

Holiday Greetings to all from the Lost Sierra. It’s a gorgeous Christmas day, made that much better by a walk in the snow by a lake. There is just som...


Great Late Season Hiking

December 3, 2017

The snow has been falling in the Lost Sierra in fits and starts. Way back in September Lakes Basin got 4-5 inches, which was not necessarily a welcome...


Holiday Spirit Shines

December 2, 2017

The holiday season officially starts in our little corner of the Lost Sierra on the first weekend in December. There is nothing sweeter than the commu...


Afternoon Light

November 20, 2017

It was one of those Graeagle afternoons where everywhere I looked, I thought I was in a theater set. The sunlight against the dark, foreboding skies s...


Red House Art Gallery

November 4, 2017

Some days, I just don’t feel up to taking on the elements. My sister was in town visiting and the wind was howling and the cloud cover was making a hi...


Altitude Grand Opening Creates a Splash

October 28, 2017

Oct. 28 was a perfect fall afternoon for a pool party. Warm sun, clear skies and more than 300 guests celebrated the grandeur of Altitude, Nakoma’s ne...


A Perfect Fall Day

October 10, 2017

Having a mid-week day off is always lovely, but having one in the fall in the Lost Sierra is an extra special occurrence. It’s so gorgeous out that I ...


5 Reasons to Hike Smith Lake

October 4, 2017

3.75 miles for the full loop, beginner to moderateApproximately 2.5 miles to the lake and back, which is a great beginner hike  There are so many good...


Graeagle Mill Pond

September 27, 2017

I worked late today and didn’t have time for a proper hike, so I took my dog to the Mill Pond in Graeagle for a few laps.It was one of those simply st...


Longboard Races make the cover of Powder Magazine

September 21, 2017

We in the Lost Sierra know that the Historic Longboard Revival Race Series provides some of the greatest family-friendly winter entertainment availabl...


In search of Thimbleberries

September 18, 2017

One of the great end of summer treats in the Lost Sierra is Thimbleberries. They are delicious! Sweet with just the right amount of tart, almost imper...


Nakoma Raises $11K for Portola Jr.-Sr. High at Golf Tourney

September 13, 2017

Fortified by a beautiful blue sky and bloody Marys, players in the Nakoma Education Fund Golf Tournament raised more more than $11,000 for Portola Jr....


Thunder Bumper Season

September 13, 2017

It started off benignly enough. I was running some errands in Portola and saw the first fluffballs over Beckworth Peak. Hmmm, I thought to myself. Bes...