Be a Happy (last minute) Camper! Top 4 Local Places to Camp without Reservations

Not everyone is a planner. Because, let’s face it – not everyone, while bundled in January fleece and dodging rain puddles, can envision the balmy summer months ahead and imagine pitching tents under the stars and building bonfires for s’mores. So camping in our region can be a little unforgiving for those of us who like to fly, if just a little, by the seat of our pants. We get inspired mid-week on a sunny day and want to go camping NOW. Luckily, if you forgot to reserve a campsite last winter, you can still find great camping – last minute – anytime this summer. Check out this list of campsites that don’t take reservations, and are offered on a …


3 Easy Ways to Grow a Garden in Northern Nevada

Physical activity and mental stimulation can be found as close as your own backyard. Think you can’t grow a garden in Northern Nevada, given our dry climate? Think again! Kim Mason, registered dietician at Carson Tahoe Health, explains the following easier-than-you-might-think options to grow a garden that lasts all year long!   Option 1 – Grow a “Container Garden” You don’t need a plot of land to grow fresh vegetables. Many vegetables lend themselves well to container gardening. With some thought to selecting bush or dwarf varieties, almost any vegetable can be adapted to growing in a pot. even if you want your favorite full-size variety, if you give it a large enough pot and plenty of soil and water, …


Family Fun: Can You Dig It?

If you’ve been looking for an active, creative way to spend time with your kids or grandchildren, planting a vegetable garden is an ideal spring and summer project rich with teachable moments, exploration, and adventure—right in your own backyard. Don’t have a yard? Don’t worry. Many veggies and herbs can be grown in pots, small planters, or large containers—anywhere they can soak up the sun—be it on a deck, patio, or windowsills throughout the house. No matter if you’re growing tomatoes, flowers, or lifelong memories, gardening is an easy way to enrich the lives of every member of your family by learning how to bring “yard to table.” Studies show children who help plant and care for homegrown vegetables at …


5 Northern Nevada Outdoor Activities to Try this Weekend

Wondering how to get your family off the couch this summer? These dog-day recreations help put the fun back in fitness—and may just bring your family closer together, too. Hiking – Trail trekking is one of the best outlets to enjoy the natural treasures of Northern Nevada. If you’re looking to spend family time on foot, Echo Lakes Trail is an ideal option. Carved out between some of the highest peaks around Lake Tahoe, the shady Echo Lakes Trail affords one of the best views of the Basin from an outlook near its starting point. The trail has multiple entry points so you can plan as short or as long of a hike as you’d like. Younger children will enjoy …


6 Fun Things to do at Washoe Lake

Looking for a nice lake escape in Northern Nevada, but don’t want to make the drive to Lake Tahoe? Try exploring Washoe Lake State Park, which offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities year round. The major features are two lakes – Washoe Lake to the south and a much smaller Little Washoe Lake to the north. Here are six of our favorite things to do at Washoe Lake. 1. Hiking – The best time of year for hiking is during the spring and summer months. The desert, hills and lakes of the valley come alive with wildflowers, newborn quail and cottontail rabbits. There are an assortment of hiking trails and maps are available at the park office and …