Big Loop around Donner Lake – 35 miles

In my preparations for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 on July 18, I was supposed to run 35 miles on Sunday, wrapping up an 80 mile week- my biggest week in the training cycle. Gretchen agreed to join me, and we planned to run on the TRT course. However, the day before I came down with a bad case of pink eye – so we had to change plans, as we couldn’t ride in the same car together, or risk makingRead more

A Week at Horse Camp

Avian’s first week of summer vacation began with Horse Camp at Piping Rock Equestrian Center, in Truckee, California. The program, which went from 1:00-5:00pm each day, teaches kids aged 8-14 the responsibility and work that goes along with horse ownership through cleaning stalls, grooming, and feeding the horses. They also taught the kids how to understand and handle horses safely and humanely, and taught proper technique for mounted skills. On Friday afternoon, the kids put on a wonderful demonstration for the families. After the show, theRead more

Lone Pine, Mt. Whitney, Onion Valley – Girls Weekend

A group of 13 amazing women, 12 from Truckee and 1 from Hong Kong, gathered at the Lone Pine Campground on Friday, June 12, to celebrate our lovely friend Angela’s 40th year of life. We trickled in throughout the evening, setting up camp, and preparing our gear, for the upcoming adventure on Mt. Whitney. The hike on the Mt. Whitney Trail is about 22 mi out-and-back, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet, from a starting elevation of 8,360′Read more