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MYTHS AND LEGENDS ABOUT LAKE TAHOE

There are a variety of myths and legends of Lake Tahoe. They range from Tahoe Tessie, a large lake monster to mobsters dumping bodies into the lake, being fully preserved in their suits due to the cold temperatures of the lake. Take what you want from them, they at least make interesting stories that can be told while out on a boat or around a fire.

Washoe Natives

When the Native Americans that inhabited the area they had suspicions of odd things happening in the lake. One story was that in Meeks Bay, there was a singing fish.  They also believed that there was a bird that lived at the bottom of the lake and would scoop up tribe members. Natives thought it was taboo to swim in the lake, this kept their children from going in the water and drowning.

Tahoe Tessie

 

Tahoe Tessie is a prehistoric fish that is said to live at the bottom of the Lake. The legend believes that the fish is to be female, a plesiosaurs, or a prehistoric fish. Tessie originated from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes who told white settlers about the monster that lived in the lake. Modern sightings of of Tahoe Tessie have been dated back to early as 1972. Keep an eye out while on the clear water for Tessie.

Elephant

Millionaire George Whittell was known for being very extravagant person in Tahoe. The loved exotic animals. He had lions, tigers, zebras, an elephant, and many other animals. It has been said that Whittell brought up his elephant, Mingo up to Lake Tahoe. Mingo was not comfortable with the altitude and missing its zebra friend. Whittell hired a seaplane to carry Mingo over the lake. The plane crashed during a test flight. That is why it is believed that Mingo got dumped into the lake because she was such a  large animal and couldn’t do anything else  with it.

 

The Mob

In the 1920s and 1930s the mob ran the Tahoe area. It is said to believe that mob member would dump bodies into the lake. This is one of the biggest legends of the lake. It is said that the members would fill the dead boies shoes with cement to help sink them to the bottom of the lake. The lake temperatures are very cold, with the cold temperatures it is to believe that the bodies that were dumped into the lake are fully preserved in their suits.

Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau, a famous oceanographer may or may not have found some scary information about the lake in the 1970’s. He is famous for saying “The world isn’t ready for what was down there.” He never has released any photos of what he saw when he did his deep water dive in Lake Tahoe. There are many ideas of what he saw but no one knows what he saw. Could it have been Tahoe Tessie, an elephant, or bodies from the mob?

Haunted Houses

The Tahoe Biltmore is said to have a ghost of a showgirl still haunting the casino after over 50 years of her death.  At the Cal-Neva is said to be taunted by Marilyn Monroe. People say that she will turn the hall lights on and off. Also room 101 on the first floor is always cold, even in the summer months.

 

 

 

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Nightlife in South Lake

South lake Tahoe does not tuck away into their beds when the sun goes down. The keep the party going all night long. There are many different places to go in both the city of South lake but also in Stateline.

In Stateline you are able to gamble all night long! There are many casinos to chose from with hotels to stay at MontBleu , Harrah’s and Harveys are all casinos with hotels. After a day on the lake, take a nap and hit the slots at 3 am, no one is stopping you. MontBleu also has a popping nightclub that often brings in high end musical entertainment.

While still in Nevada you can enjoy time out at the Xhale Lounge. Xhale Lounge is a hookah bar, you can go and hang out with a group of people and smoke the hookah and enjoy an alcoholic beverage. They have many flavors and and plenty of room with little to no lines waiting for a table or fresh drink. If you dont want to smoke hookah you can check out their nightclub. They have a live DJ and huge dance floor. Get out and bust a move.

The Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to start the night. They have many different drink and food specials that will start a night out on the right note…. no pun intended. The walls are filled with great music history to keep the eyes and conversation busy.

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If your looking for a boys night out there are a few options in both Stateline and South Lake to hit up the adult entertainment. There about 5 different places to check out.

When you jump across the Nevada California state line the party doesn’t stop. There are plenty of bars and pubs you can hop to but these will all close down at 2 am.  They might not be all close like they are in Stateline but if you have a driver or a cab try out the different types and themed bars South Lake has to offer.

 

Saturday = Ski Day

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Ready to get sendy

On any given Saturday in the Tahoe area, the roads are filled with cars on their way to the top of the mountains to ski or snowboard. This year especially the snow conditions have been excellent due to the El Nino. The snow pack hasn’t been this good in the Tahoe Basin in the past four years, I guess I picked the right time to move to Tahoe!

There are many different resorts and backcountry places to go ski. This weekend I hit up Northstar California ski resort on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Northstar is a 40 minute drive from Reno, Nevada and with good traffic, it is a three and a half hour drive up from San Francisco, California. Northstar gets a lot of its visitors from the bay area as well as locals.

The skies were clear and full of sunshine! The high temperature for Saturday was 42. I wore just a light t-shirt and sweatshirt with my ski pants, no heavy jacket needed.

Saturday was my second time in my life downhill skiing.  My friend Hayden and I got up to Northstar around 12:30pm. The place was packed. It took us 15 minutes to find a parking spot. By the time we parked picked up my skis from the demo shop it was a little after 1pm.

The last time I had been skiing before Saturday was three weeks ago. I had surprised my friend Rachel on how fast I picked up on skiing. It’s all about balance and knowing how to use the edge of the skis. By the end of my first day skiing I had gone up on Vista lift and gone down some runs that were a small step above beginner.

Vista is where Haden and I started out our Saturday ski day! Once we got off the lift I questioned myself if we should have done a warm up lap before coming to the top of Vista.

When you got skis on sometimes you just have to send it! That’s what I did, I had Hayden lead the way. As soon as I was on my way down, I felt good. Even though I have only done a few days of cross country skiing and one day of downhill skiing, having skis on my feet feel natural. Don’t get me wrong I’m still nervous and scared when I get on a blue run.

We did a few runs off Vista and soon Hayden believed that I was ready to take Comstock up to the top of the mountain. I didn’t know when we were on Comstock, that it is the lift that takes you all the way to the top of the mountain. As the ride on the lift got longer I realized we were going to the top!

Hayden was more confident than me in my skiing capabilities. I was fallowing him down super impressed with myself. We took a rest right before we got to the Mid Mountain Lodge.  To thank Hayden for being patient and coming skiing with me I would buy beers when we got to the lodge. I told him to send it and I would just meet him at the bottom. As soon as he was off I was getting confident, a little too confident. I got too much speed for me to handle at that point in the day for myself. I cut across the mountain to slow down and hit the ungroomed patch, fell and popped both of my skis. It didn’t hurt to fall, I didn’t have much speed but I just struggled getting my skis back on. The sun was hot, I was embarrassed because I was struggling so hard, and Hayden was waiting on me. Finally after a ski instructor told me to push down the backs of my bindings, I got my feet back in my skis.

While down at Mid Mountain Lodge, Hayden and I enjoyed a beer while we waited for our friends Brian and Taylor to meet us to ski the last hour of the day before they had to go to work and groom the mountain. When at the lodge be ready to drop money on food and beverage. A fresh cold beer is exactly what we needed to finish the day.

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Left to right-Hayden, Taylor, Me, and Brian Riding up the chairlift to the Top of Northstar

When Brian and Taylor joined us we hit the mountain hard.  The lift up to the top gave us plenty of time to fill them in with what I had done all day. They were impressed to say the least as it was only my second day out.

Brian, Taylor, and Hayden are really good at skiing. I felt bad because I was slowing them down, but they didn’t care. Saturday was a day for them to get in just a couple extra runs down the mountain that they normally wouldn’t have had.