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Photo of Pyramid Lake is Default Photo on the iPad

iPad PhotoOn April 3, 2010, 300,000 people in the U.S. were introduced to one of Northern Nevada’s hidden gems – and that number is still growing.

The photo “Pyramid Lake (at Night)” by Richard Misrach of Berkeley is the default background screen on Apple’s iPad.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council was unaware of the photo, but hopes that its exposure will increase visitors to the region.

“We appreciate them recognizing the lake, or at least the landscape here,” Mervin Wright, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council chairman, told the Reno Gazette Journal.

The photographer also was surprised.

According to a Jan. 28 blog post by Andrew M. Goldstein on, Misrach didn’t know his photo would be featured on the iPad until it was revealed that same day by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Pyramid Lake is the largest remaining remnant of a lake system known as Lake Lahontan that covered much of the Great Basin at the end of the last ice age. The saltwater lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program and is the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation. This route takes the visitor 37 miles along the shore of one of the largest lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.

A recreational paradise awaits you at Pyramid Lake where you’ll find boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking – not to mention sublime vistas – all only 30 minutes from Reno.

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

Video: Get geared up for the Galena Fest mountain bike race in South Reno

Galena Fest 2009 is bringing competitive mountain biking to the hills of Reno Tahoe on Sept. 27, taking advantage of one of the region’s best-kept secrets – the Galena Creek Regional Park – and giving enthusiast’s another reason to visit the region.

The race takes place 7 a.m.-2 p.m. with tons of events for mountain bikers of every age and skill level, and plenty of fun for spectators. Read More

Mountain bike race coming to Reno

gf-logoCycling enthusiasts have a new event in Reno. Galena Fest 2009 is bringing competitive mountain biking to the hills above South Reno, taking advantage of one of the region’s best-kept secrets – the Galena Creek Regional Park – and giving racers another reason to visit the region.

The race takes place Sept. 27, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. with tons of events for mountain bikers of every age and skill level, including: The Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb to Relay Peak; The Thorn Mountain Bike Climb to The Wall at Sky Tavern; Kids’ Mountain Bike Race through Galena Creek Regional Park, and Big Fish Contest at Marilyn Pond.

The event will raise funds to keep Galena Creek Regional Park accessible and safe and re-establish outdoor programs at the Park.

For more information, or to register for this great event go online to

From the Galena Fest 2009 blog:

Mountain Bike Climbs, Bike Races for Kids, The Big Fish Contest for Kids and Outdoor Activities Offered During Inaugural Event to Benefit Galena Creek Regional Park

Save the Date: the inaugural Galena Fest 2009 will take place Sunday, September 27, 2009, at Galena Creek Regional Park, Reno, NV; activities get underway at 8 am and includecompetitive mountain bike races for all ages, The Big Fish Contest for 4-11 year olds, and outdoor activities and fun for all ages. The festival will get underway around 11 AM and will feature live music, BBQ and food, a beer/beverage terrace and competition awards.

What’s sure to be the most talked about and anticipated element of Galena Fest, The Bloody Rose, a grueling, competitive climb starting at the Park and climbing more than 4700’ of vertical over 11 miles, will conclude at the top of Relay Peak, overlooking Lake Tahoe. The overall men’s and women’s finisher will take home a season pass to Mt. Rose Ski. The Bloody Rose starts at 9 AM. The Thorn, a shorter 5 mi. climb from the Park to The Wall at Sky Tavern, will challenge even the toughest. Category winners will enjoy lift tickets at Mt. Rose Ski. Start time is 9:30 AM. Both races are open to ages 14 and over. Early registrants will be timed and will compete for the prizes.

Kids races for those ages 5-13 will feature courses through the Park; helmets required and winners will enjoy hoodies donated by Mt. Rose Ski. Start times vary and begin at 10:30 AM. Registration is required.

Fishing buddies ages 4-11 can enter The Big Fish Contest at Marilyn’s Pond. Registration begins at 10 AM and the Contest runs 11 AM – 1 PM. Cabela’s has donated Rod & Reel sets for contest winners. Donations appreciated.

Outdoor activities abound for all: castle creations at the volleyball pit, apple art at Bear Mat picnic area, and a festival with live music, food vendors and beer/beverage terrace will take place at Eagle Meadow. The Festival is free and open to the public; proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit the Park.

Online registration and more details:

Additional information and media at or 775-253-4560.

Directions: Galena Creek Regional Park – NORTH Entrance: 18350 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, NV 89511.


Cyclists take to the streets for Tour de Nez

World-class cycling hits downtown Reno today (Friday), when the Tour de Nez expo opens at 3:30 p.m. All afternoon and evening, downtown will play host to racing, entertainment, food and fun so come check it out. The Tour de Nez returns to the high Sierra Saturday when racing comes to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.

Friday schedule:

  • 330 P.M. Expo. Open to Public
  • 345 P.M. Masters Speed Training
  • 450 P.M. 15 min. break before KIDS. MASTERS AWARDS TO TAKE PLACE AT PODIUMS
  • 545 P.M. 10 min. break before MASTERS
  • 545 P.M. Women Speed Training
  • 720 P.M. 10 min. break before Hand Cycles
  • 700 P.M. Expo. Closed to Public
  • 700 P.M. Hand Cycles Speed Training
  • 730 P.M. Hand Cycles 35 MIN. OF RACING
  • 805 P.M. Mens Speed Training
  • 915 P.M. Race Over
  • 935 p.m. MOVIE NIGHT

*Photos from Thursday evening racing in Truckee

Tour de Nez: A bike race … with benefits

bikeracers300Reno Tahoe is gearing up for the Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez June 17-21, when one of the West’s premier cycling events comes to the Sierra Nevada with events in Reno, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

This is bicycle racing at its finest – some of the best athletes in the sport working with and against each other in a race that is part endurance, part speed and part strategy, all against the backdrop of perfect summer weather and the Sierra Nevada range. But it’s not all about the racing: The Tour brings with it a festival atmosphere buzzing with the energy of fitness freaks and partiers – and everyone and everything in between.

So pack up the bike, make your way to Reno Tahoe and enjoy Nevada’s great outdoors.

From Fernando Leal, a Reno developer and supporter of the Tour de Nez:

As developer for The MONTAGE in downtown Reno, I understand the importance of a vital urban core. Cities thrive when there is a downtown from which civic pride and participation can grow and flourish; a core where resident and tourist participation is encouraged through active lifestyles in recreation, the arts, restaurants, entertainment and events.

The Tour de Nez combines two of my great passions – downtown Reno and cycling. A five-day cycling festival that includes recreational rides, world-class racing, cycling movies, parties and more … what’s not to love? I am honored that Montage Marketing Corporation is a proud sponsor of the Tour de Nez. The sponsorship is our way of demonstrating our appreciation and support to the event organizers for hosting a world-class event that we Renoites can be proud of.

tourdenezleal-300Special events like the Tour de Nez and Artown bring thousands of visitors to our area who stay in our hotels, dine at our great local restaurants, and help with a downtown culture we are all working hard to create. These events also leave visitors with a great impression of Reno so they serve as good public relations ambassadors for our city.  The Tour de Nez has been instrumental over the last 15 years in providing a sense of community for Reno residents. Reno residents benefit from a variety of wonderful events that provide great entertainment options nearly every weekend. These events have a huge impact on improving the quality of life in our great city. The least we can do as citizens is to support these wonderful amenities in order to ensure their long-term viability.

Race schedule:

June 17

  • Meet and greet with pro racers at Amendment 21
  • Screening of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”

June 18

  • Downtown Truckee criterium for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Music and feast after races in downtown Truckee

June 19

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Downtown Reno Circuit Race for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Reno Film Festival bicycle film “Breaking Away,” at Wingfield Park Amphitheater

June 20

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Village circuit race at the Village at Northstar at Tahoe for Pro men, women and masters, juniors and handcycles
  • Village races for clunkers, kids and messengers
  • Expo, music, demos, food, festival, and party, all in the Village at Northstar

June 21

  • LUX, The great Tour de Nez Century ride along the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe

Tour de Nez integrates hand cycling into race schedule

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported today that the Tour de Nez cycling event, taking place in Reno-Tahoe June 17-20, will incorporate the Hand Cycling National Criterium Championship into the event schedule. An excerpt:

A field of up to 50 participants will ride for the men’s and women’s U.S. Championships. In addition to the hunt for the national title, the hand cyclists will also compete in a three-day Omnium of their own, with criterium races in downtown Truckee and through the Village-at-Northstar Resort.

“The Tour de Nez, a celebration of the bicycle and bike culture, is extremely excited to have the National Hand Cycling Criterium Championship for 2009,” event promoter Tim Healion said. “Hand cycling embodies the spirit of the Tour de Nez, and we are delighted to be hosting the National Championships. We look forward as well to the three-day Omnium competition as well, as we welcome hand cycling back into the fold for 2009.”

For more information on the Tour de Nez, visit the event Web site.

Not too late to take your baby camping

Enjoying breakfast in our camping spotSome people say it’s the end of the summer but I don’t buy that. In Reno-Tahoe America’s Adventure Place summer is here until the end of September so we still have another month of summer activities!

We’ve really enjoyed this summer with 2 little ones (we have a 2 year old and a 5 month old baby) — lots of camping, hiking, beach volleyball, bike-riding… the kids love the outdoors, they play with each other and learn to enjoy nature from a young age. I couldn’t think of a better area to grow up in!

Riding bikes with little kids
Our favorite camping spot for families with young kids is Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. We took our German friends tent camping for the first time a couple of weeks ago and they absolutely loved it! The weather was perfect, we had a fire and roasted Marshmallows, checked out Fallen Leaf and took our kite to Baldwin beach.

Check out what the US Forest Services has to say:
Fallen Leaf Lake Campground is uniquely situated 1/4 mile away from Fallen Leaf Lake and offers easy hiking around the lake. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is directly across Hwy 89 and has interpretive programs, guided walks on the Rainbow Trail and to the Stream Profile Chamber. The first weekend in October, the annual Kokanee Salmon Festival is held at the Visitor Center.
Camping with the family
Also near by are:

  • Pope and Baldwin Beaches for water recreation,
  • Tallac Historic Site has tours of its historic buildings and grounds,
  • Water Craft Rentals or Horseback Riding at Camp Richardson,
  • Family oriented, paved bike trail runs 3 miles along Hwy 89 and can be used to access all of the above,
  • Access to excellent hiking in Desolation Wilderness via the Glen Alpine or the Mt. Tallac trailheads.
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    Tour de Nez rides into town

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    Image courtesy of Ryan Jerz

    The Tour de Nez, Northern Nevada’s premier cycling event, comes to Reno-Tahoe this week with an exciting schedule of events and entertainment, as well as some new venues. This year, the tour will include action in Reno, Truckee and North Tahoe.

    Schedule and locations

    Tuesday June 17 at Grand Sierra Resort: 6-8 pm Athlete presentation, Grand Theater; 8-11 pm Athlete meet and BBQ, Nikki Beach
    Wednesday, June 18 at Grand Sierra Resort: 5:20-5:30 pm 10th Annual Clunker Classic; 5:40-6 pm Kids’ Races; 6-6:30 pm Messengers; 6:50-8 pm Pro NRC Criterium; 8-8:20 pm Pro Awards & Interviews; 8-11 pm Block Party
    Thursday, June 19 at Northstar at Tahoe: 10 am-11 pm Pro NRC Time Trial viewing area – top of Gondola; 9-10:30 am LUX Recreational registration & check-in, Basque Room-Village at Northstar; 11:05 am-12:30 pm LUX Recreational Time Trial viewing area-top of Gondola; 12-12:30 pm Time Trial Awards & Interviews Time Trial Finish; 12:30-6 pm LUX Golf Tournament
    Thursday, June 19 at Downtown Truckee: 5:30-5:40 pm 10th Annual Clunker Classic; 5:45-6:05 pm Kids’ Races; 6:15-7:30 pm Pro NRC Criterium; 7:40-8 pm Pro Awards & Interviews; 8-10 pm Truckee Block Party
    Friday June 20 at Northstar at Tahoe: 9-10 am LUX Mountain Bike Demo & Bike Park ride check-in Plaza Bikes; 10 am LUX Mountain Bike Park Ride begins Plaza Bikes; 2-5 pm Tour de Nez Expo Village Overlook; 1:30 pm Northstar Pro NRC Road Circuit Race begins Guest Drop Off; 1-4 pm Live Music on Village Stage; 4:30 pm Northstar Pro NRC Road Circuit Race finish Guest Drop Off; 4:30-5 pm Awards & Interviews Guest Drop Off; 5-8 pm Live Music & Tour de Nez party
    Saturday, June 21 at Northstar at Tahoe: 7:15 am – 8:00 am Century Ride registration & check-in; 8 am Century Ride; 11 am-5 pm Tour de Nez Expo; 11 am-2 pm Tour de Nez Festival; 11:30 am-2:30 pm Live Music; 1:30-1:45 pm 10th Annual Clunker Classic; 1:50 pm-2 pm Clunker Classic Awards; 2-2:15 pm Masters’ 35+ 1, 2, 3 Circuit Race warm up; 2:15-3:15 pm Masters’ 35+ 1, 2, 3 Circuit Race; 3-6 pm Live Music; 3:20-3:30 pm Masters’ 35+ 1, 2, 3 Awards; 3:35-4 pm Kids’ Races; 4-5:15 pm Women’s Pro 1, 2, 3 Warm-up/Circuit Race; 5:20-5:45 pm Women’s Pro 1, 2, 3 Awards; 5:45-7:30 pm Mighty Tour de Nez Twilight Pro Warm-up/NRC Circuit Race; 6:30-9:30 pm Live Music; 7:30-7:45 pm Pro NRC Awards; 7:30-10 pm Live Music & Tour de Nez Party
    Sunday, June 22 at Northstar at Tahoe: 8-9:30 am LUX Ride with the Pros registration, check-in & breakfast; 9:30-11 am LUX Ride with the Pros bike ride

    For more event information, click here.

    Tahoe Rim Trail Adventures

    This weekend we went to a wedding in Tahoe, at a beautiful house in Cave Rock. We actually went to the beach at Zephyr Cove before the wedding and enjoyed the sunshine — and even got in the water,  which wasn’t too cold! Well, since I grew up in Argentina and I’m used to the cold water in the Patagonia lakes, I never find any water too cold!

    Unfortunately we forgot the camera, so I’m going to share my pictures from the weekend before last. My hubby hurt his ankle playing tennis so we took a couple of easy — but georgeous — hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail!

    On Saturday we did the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Trail and on Sunday we also started at the parking lot at the meadows but this time we followed the trail to Spooner Summit and enjoyed amazing views of Lake Tahoe. As we were sitting there, ready for some mate while we our baby was resting and playing with some rocks, I heard someone calling my name. My friend and co-worker Robert was there with his bike. How embarrasing, inteast of adrenaline I was just chilling by the trail!

    So here’s a picture that I found on Robert’s post "Riding the Rim Trail":

    And here’re the pictures of our hike:

    Drinking mate

    Enjoying the view