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The Gift of Adventure: A Magical Experience with Tahoe Adventure Company

12/4/2023

The holiday season is upon us, and as we exchange gifts and warm wishes with our loved ones, there's a unique and unforgettable present that stands out: the gift of adventure. At Tahoe Adventure Company, we believe that experiences can be the most cherished gifts of all. Instead of wrapping something in a box, why not create memories that will last a lifetime?

Why Choose Adventure as a Gift?

Adventure is the gift that keeps on giving. It's a chance to explore, to connect with nature, to challenge oneself, and to discover the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Whether it's a guided hike through pristine forests, an exhilarating kayaking trip on crystal-clear waters, or a peaceful paddleboarding excursion, adventure is about experiencing the world in a whole new way.

A Bonding Experience

Gifting an adventure from Tahoe Adventure Company is not just about the activity itself; it's also about the opportunity to connect with friends and family. Our adventures are designed to create bonds, strengthen relationships, and leave you with stories to share for years to come. Whether you're a group of friends, a couple, or a family, an adventure together is a unique way to create lasting memories.

Endless Choices

One of the incredible things about the gift of adventure is the sheer variety of experiences to choose from. Lake Tahoe offers a stunning backdrop for a wide range of outdoor activities. From snowshoeing in the serene winter wonderland to exploring hidden gems on a guided hiking tour, there's something for every adventure enthusiast.

Making It Special

At Tahoe Adventure Company, we go the extra mile to ensure that your adventure gift is memorable. Our experienced guides provide not only the safety and expertise you need but also insights into the region's history, ecology, and unique features, making your adventure educational as well as exhilarating.

A Gift that Cares for Nature

When you choose to give the gift of adventure, you're also giving the gift of a more profound connection to nature. Our team is committed to responsible and eco-friendly outdoor experiences that help protect the stunning environment of Lake Tahoe. It's a gift that shows you care not just for your loved ones but also for the natural world.

How to Gift an Adventure

Gifting an adventure is easy with Tahoe Adventure Company. Visit our website, choose from our range of adventures, and select the gift certificate option. You can customize the certificate with a personal message and email it directly to the recipient or have it sent to your own email for a special, in-person handover.

This holiday season, consider stepping away from traditional gifts and embrace the thrill of adventure. Give your loved ones the gift of memories, laughter, and the chance to explore the stunning Lake Tahoe region with Tahoe Adventure Company. After all, the best gifts aren't things; they're experiences.



Guardians of the Blue: Tracing the Rich Heritage of the Washoe Tribe Around Lake Tahoe

12/4/2023

Lake Tahoe, a place of pristine beauty and serene landscapes, holds within its heart a rich tapestry of history and culture. Amidst the breathtaking surroundings, the Washoe Tribe has an enduring presence, deeply woven into the history and heritage of this remarkable region.

The Washoe Tribe, also known as the Wašišiw (Wa-She-Shu), has inhabited the Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas for countless generations. Their name is derived from the Washoe word 'waashiw,' which means "people from here" or "indigenous people." This name aptly encapsulates their deep connection to the land.

The Washoe people are renowned for their sustainable and harmonious way of life, which has been intricately connected with the environment around Lake Tahoe for thousands of years. The lake, its waters, and the surrounding mountains were not just their home, but a source of spiritual connection, sustenance, and cultural significance.

One of the remarkable aspects of the Washoe culture is their artistry, particularly in the creation of intricate baskets woven from willow and other local materials. These baskets, often adorned with unique and beautiful patterns, are not only functional but also carry cultural significance, representing a tangible connection to their ancestral traditions.

Today, the Washoe Tribe is actively engaged in cultural preservation, education, and resource management in the Lake Tahoe region. Their ongoing presence and contributions to the conservation of this unique environment are invaluable.

Visitors to Lake Tahoe have the opportunity to learn more about the Washoe Tribe's history and culture through various educational programs and events. These experiences not only enrich our understanding of the area but also foster a deeper appreciation for the indigenous people who have cherished this land for countless generations.

In conclusion, the Washoe Tribe's legacy in Lake Tahoe is a testament to the enduring connection between people and their environment. Their traditions, stories, and values continue to enrich the cultural landscape of this extraordinary region, and they remind us of the importance of preserving and respecting the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples who have long called Lake Tahoe home.



Dancing Under the Full Moon: A Magical Journey on our Full Moon Snowshoe Tours

12/4/2023

 

A full moon snowshoe tour in Lake Tahoe is a magical and unique experience that allows you to explore the snow-covered landscape under the enchanting glow of a full moon. Here's what you can expect:

  • Scenic Beauty: Snowshoeing under a full moon in Lake Tahoe offers a surreal and breathtaking experience as the moonlight illuminates the snow-covered terrain, creating a serene and otherworldly atmosphere.
  • Guided Tours: Many tour operators and local organizations offer guided full moon snowshoe tours. These guides are experienced in the area and provide information about the natural surroundings and local history.
  • Equipment: Typically, the tour includes the rental of snowshoes and poles, ensuring you have the necessary gear to enjoy the outing.
  • Safety: The guided tours prioritize safety. Guides often provide safety briefings, and you'll be part of a group, enhancing your overall security during the excursion.
  • Family-Friendly: Many full moon snowshoe tours are suitable for families, making it a great way for all generations to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe in winter.
  • Starry Skies: In addition to the moon's glow, the clear Lake Tahoe skies offer excellent stargazing opportunities during your adventure.
  • Hot Drinks and Treats: Some tours may offer hot drinks and snacks along the way or at the end of the trek, giving you a chance to warm up and socialize.
  • Photography Opportunities: The full moon, coupled with the surrounding snow, provides fantastic photo opportunities. Remember to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenes.
  • Magical Memories: Snowshoeing under the full moon creates unforgettable memories and a sense of wonder as you traverse the quiet and snow-covered landscape.

 

We can’t wait to host your on your Full Moon Snowshoe tour!



Paddle Into the Perfect Bachelorette Party: Kayaking (or SUPing) with Tahoe Adventure Company

9/28/2023

Your bachelorette party is a once-in-a-lifetime event that deserves to be celebrated in a unique and unforgettable way. While the typical club scene or spa day may be fun, why not break away from the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary? Imagine paddling across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. If you're looking for an adventure-filled, nature-inspired celebration, look no further than kayaking with Tahoe Adventure Company. The ultimate choice for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Connection with Nature:

Tahoe Adventure Company is located in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States. Lake Tahoe's stunning blue waters and the Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop provide an idyllic backdrop for your bachelorette celebration. Kayaking allows you to immerse yourself in this pristine environment, offering a sense of tranquility and awe-inspiring beauty that's hard to match.

 

Unique and Memorable Experience:

A kayaking bachelorette party isn't something your friends will forget easily. It's a departure from the ordinary and a chance to create lasting memories with your closest friends. Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a complete beginner, Tahoe Adventure Company offers guided tours suitable for all skill levels, ensuring everyone has a fantastic time.

 

Active and Healthy Celebration:

Say goodbye to the traditional bachelorette party indulgences and hello to a healthier alternative. Kayaking is a fantastic way to get some exercise while having fun. Paddling across Lake Tahoe engages your core and upper body, giving you a unique and invigorating workout. Plus, the fresh mountain air and sunshine are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

 

Professional Guidance and Safety:

Safety should be a top priority on your bachelorette party, and with Tahoe Adventure Company, you can trust that you're in good hands. Our experienced guides are trained to ensure your safety and enjoyment throughout the adventure. We provide all the necessary equipment, including kayaks, life jackets, and paddles, and offer safety briefings to make sure everyone is comfortable and confident on the water.

 

Customizable Packages:

Tahoe Adventure Company understands that every bachelorette party is unique. That's why they offer customizable packages to suit your preferences. Whether you want a half-day paddle, a sunset tour, or even a combination of activities like kayaking and hiking, they can create the perfect itinerary for your group.

 

Photo-Worthy Moments:

Lake Tahoe's beauty provides the ideal backdrop for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos. Capture candid moments, group shots, and stunning scenery as you paddle along the lake. Your kayaking bachelorette party will be a feast for the eyes and a treasure trove of memories.

 

When it comes to planning your bachelorette party, why settle for the ordinary when you can have an extraordinary adventure? Kayaking with Tahoe Adventure Company offers a unique and unforgettable experience that combines nature, fun, and lasting memories. So, grab your paddle, round up your besties, and get ready to embark on a bachelorette celebration like no other. It's time to paddle into the perfect bachelorette party with Tahoe Adventure Company!



Come Explore Thunderbird Lodge with Tahoe Adventure Company

7/15/2023

If you're seeking a unique and enchanting experience, look no further than Thunderbird Lodge, a historic gem nestled on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Starting from the picturesque Sand Harbor, paddle out onto the calm waters and let the beauty of Tahoe surround you. Feel the cool breeze on your face as you glide along, mesmerized by the stunning panorama of snow-capped peaks and deep blue waters stretching as far as the eye can see.

As you paddle along, take your time to explore the magnificent shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Admire the tall pines and rocky outcrops, interspersed with sandy coves and hidden alcoves.

As you approach Thunderbird Lodge, a sense of history and charm emanates from its secluded perch on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Built in the 1930s by eccentric millionaire George Whittell Jr., this sprawling estate captures the essence of a bygone era. Its iconic stone towers, terraced gardens, and beautiful sandy beach create a truly magical ambiance.

You'll have the opportunity to explore this architectural marvel up close. Take a guided tour of the property, led by our knowledgeable guides who bring the lodge's history to life. Discover hidden tunnels, secret passages, and the whimsical underground card room, which Whittell used to indulge in his love for high-stakes gambling.

The Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site preserves not only the lodge but also a collection of vintage boats, including the famous Thunderbird yacht, which was once the epitome of luxury and elegance on Lake Tahoe. This beautifully restored vessel recalls a time when socialites and Hollywood stars were whisked away on extravagant cruises across the lake.

While the Thunderbird Lodge is undeniably captivating, don't forget to savor the natural beauty that surrounds it. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and appreciate the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe that unfold before you. After your tour, enjoy a deli style lunch looking out at the lake before paddling back to Sand Harbor.

Tahoe Adventure Company’s Thunderbird Lodge Tour is an experience that combines the beauty of nature with a deep appreciation for history. From the moment you set out on the crystal-clear waters, you'll be enchanted by the stunning landscape that surrounds you. Exploring Thunderbird Lodge is like stepping back in time, immersing yourself in a world of opulence, eccentricity, and unparalleled natural splendor.

We can’t wait to host your adventure.



Inspiring High Sierra Adventures for 20 Years!

5/10/2023

20 Years of Human Powered Adventure!

We are celebrating a big milestone by giving away 20 free adventures

Tahoe Adventure Company is celebrating 20 years in business this year. To mark the occasion we are giving away 20 free adventures – including everything from our exclusive Thunderbird Lodge tour to sunset snowshoe walks and SUP rentals. 

It all started back in 2003 when Kevin Hickey – a man with a van, a few kayaks and a vision, decided to launch his own Tahoe outfitting outfit. “I had been guiding a lot of youth education tours, living on the road, and I just wanted to put down some roots,” says Kevin. “In the beginning, I did everything. I answered calls, I guided the trip. But by the end of that first year I knew I was onto something.”

 Shortly after launching, Kevin brought his soon-to-be-bride, Katie, onboard. The business quickly grew, along with their family. TAC is truly a mom and pop shop, and our strong family values are at the heart of the operation. “Alongside growing TAC, we have been raising our two children as well,” says Katie. “As toddlers, they sorted first aid kits, clip boards and waivers; then counted shirts and now they file and shred. Our teenage daughter can’t wait for the opportunity to manage social media!”

A big part of those strong family values has been making sure that every guest learns a little something about the natural wonders of Tahoe. The ultimate goal is that every visitor falls in love with the area and becomes an advocate for the conservation of the natural resources that make Tahoe such a magical place. 

To that end, we also offer week-long outdoor education programs for school groups. “It has always been very important to me that people learn something about this amazing place while they’re here,” says Kevin. “There’s a lot of natural human history in this area and we like to make sure the guests get a taste of that.”

A lot has changed in the past two decades. A single man with a van has turned into nearly two dozen employees and a fleet of kayaks, SUPs, bikes – you name it. Any adventure that is human-powered is on our menu. The goal is for people of all ages – be it corporate team building groups, fun-loving extended families, or a gathering of longtime friends – to learn a little bit about themselves while enjoying all the majesty that Tahoe has to offer.

“These days with so many people working remotely, team building activities are more important than ever,” says Kevin. “A lot of times people have never even met their co-workers in person, so we love to get them out of their comfort zones, out of the zoom world, and into the real world. That’s how true bonds are formed.” 

 

20th Anniversary Giveaway Details

Tahoe Adventure Company will give away 20 different adventures, including equipment rentals and guided tours, via social media. Follow us on Instagram for a chance to win.

Here are a few examples of the adventures our social media followers will have a chance to win.

Thunderbird Lodge – Tahoe Adventure Company is the only guide company that has access to Thunderbird Lodge. After a kayaking 101 lesson, the group will paddle an easy 1.5 mile trek along the shore from Sand Harbor beach to explore the only undeveloped side of Lake Tahoe. Once at Thunderbird, their knowledgeable guides take visitors on an hour-long walk through the Whittel Estate, with stops at the lighthouse room, the old lodge, an underground tunnel leading to the infamous card house and boat house. The tour ends at Dragon’s Tail path, past the waterfall and fountain, ending with lunch at the gazebo. 


North Shore Kayak Tour – Launching from TAC’s beachfront location in Tahoe Vista, take in incredible views of the High Sierra while paddling along pristine shoreline. This tour also includes an introductory lesson on shore. Guides will discuss ecology, geology and other natural and human history topics along the way. Depending on lake conditions, participants will paddle along the shoreline of King's Beach and among the boulders of Crystal Bay or along scenic coastline towards Carnelian Bay while getting a unique glimpse of some of Tahoe's most beautiful waterfront homes.



Who knew that snowshoeing could be magical?

3/22/2023

Who knew snowshoeing was magical? My family found it so during a two-hour trek in Donner Memorial State Park.  With the snow softly falling and our pockets lined with snacks, our Tahoe Adventure Company guide Jill took us out into the forest near Donner Lake.  Yes, this is the area where the tragedy of the Donner Party unfolded but luckily there would be no repeat of a deadly pioneer tale today.  Civilization is closer now than it was back then, and the folks at Tahoe Adventure Company know what they’re doing!  


There was never any doubt that Jill had the lay of the land well in hand!  She knew several routes out to the shores of the frigid lake because she blazed a new one each time.  The state park does have a series of well-groomed and slick trails to navigate, but those are perfect for cross-country skiers and hikers.  To trudge through the trees on snowshoes is to really experience the pioneer history of this area.  (Note: this is my impression, and I expect it would make any local laugh).

Jill pointed out animal tracks --- nothing dangerous was lurking; we saw where mice, deer, and other rodents had dared to tread.  We learned about the trees and the irresponsible forestation in the area that dates back to the Gold Rush.   I had no idea how many pine needles were edible or could be utilized to make a savory tea before this hike either.

As the forest’s edge got closer, the frozen waters of Donner Lake came into view.  What a site!  I have spent many a summer weekend at Donner Lake, so seeing it this way was really something.  It appeared to be hibernating.  We took a moment with this cold, icy view before trekking back to the state park’s main hub.  The snow was coming down at a steadier pace, but it was still fun to be out there.

We finished our snowshoe tour with hot chocolate and cider, toasting our adventure.  I highly recommend booking this adventure.  It was an easily manageable activity for a group of varying fitness levels. In our group, we had my teenage son, the Energizer Bunny as I like to call him,  my husband, the triathlete, and me bringing up the rear with my bad knees.  Luckily, no one can get far on snowshoes quickly, so I wasn’t too far behind! No prior snowshoeing experience is needed.

Here's what’s included in this activity:
- Snowshoes
- Poles
- Snacks
- Hot drinks

Tip for a successful tour: Tahoe Adventure Company will email a list of recommended clothing and items to make you more comfortable during your activity.  READ IT and ADHERE TO IT!  Your guide really wants you to enjoy yourself so take their advice.



Apr├Ęs Ski for the Whole Family!

1/15/2023

Snowshoeing Tahoe

Typical après ski activities include shopping, eating, and drinking. What about trying something new that the whole family can enjoy? Snowshoeing Tahoe can be a great after skiing activity for you and the whole family. Spend the day gliding down the mountain on the slopes, getting that adrenaline pumping on the resort all day. Then get away from the crowded restaurants and packed bars and hop on a Sunset Snowshoe or Full Moon Snowshoe tour. Move through the snowy forest, relax, watch the sunset over the mountains, enjoy the last of the daylight and cap things off with hot drinks and cookies. Sounds like a great way to experience all Lake Tahoe has to offer.

 

 

 



A History of Team Building

10/30/2022

The History of Team Building

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion” – Kurt Hahn

 

During the second World War, studies were done on what made certain ships of sailors most resilient, most likely to survive the torpedoes and attacks that threatened their teams. They found that physical fitness and youthfulness were less likely to predict survival than something more conceptual: experience in the field and team morale. Kurt Hahn and Lawrence Holt already knew this, but they were hired to train soldiers on teamwork, morale boosting, and playing to one another’s strengths. This was the conception of team building. After the war, they founded the first Outward Bound School to train British sailors through, rather than for, the hardships of the sea, not only through physical challenges but also the development teamwork and compassion.

The legacy of these beliefs carried on long after his death. Outward Bound received funding for its Expeditionary Learning Schools that now exist all over the world, and the idea that morale and team unity are essential has incorporated itself into modern productivity and efficiency models. With the idea that these traits are critical for problem-solving and even survival, it’s no wonder that companies and corporations turn towards team building to keep morale, productivity, and team efficiency up.

People often roll their eyes when they’re asked to participate in team building events with their co-workers, but we know from experience that most people end up having a blast even if they’re resistant at first. Not only is it fun, but team building is shown to break down barriers, increase communication, and build a general sense of morale and camaraderie. Competition can bring out the best and worst in people, and learning to work together under pressure can be essential.

A metaphor for work and life, challenge courses and team building trials foster a sense of curiosity and spirit, encourage tenacity and discipline through challenge and competition, and allow people to turn toward the risk of failure rather than run away from it. While it seems counterintuitive, it’s well known that the more we allow ourselves to fail, the more likely we are to take healthy risks and reap the rewards of stepping outside our comfort zones, leading to more successes in the long-term.

We’ve known since Kurt Hahn in the 1940s that maintaining high morale through hardships and team cohesion is the key to survival, and the grand success of Outward Bound and its participants affirms that. Team building and challenge courses simplify these hardships, allowing us to gain understanding of the experiences that really matter in a straightforward way that is applicable to our normal lives.



Our Favorite Facts about Aspens

10/14/2022

Aspens are worth appreciating every day, but they're especially fantastic in the fall when they all change colors! There are hundreds of places too see these amazing trees turn vibrant colors every fall. Schedule a hiking tour with Tahoe Adventure Company and we can take you to the best local aspen spots in the Lake Tahoe Basin! Here's some of our favorite aspen fun facts!
 
1. Aspens are interconnected, with many separate "trees" (actually called "ramets") all being one giant organism (known as a "clone") connected through the root system. They are the largest single organism, by weight and area, on Earth!
 
2. The best way to tell where one clone ends and the next begins is in the fall--all the leaves of a clone will change at the same time and to the same color, so if you have multiple colors in the same grove, there are multiple clones there!
 
3. The chalky powder on aspen bark is a natural sunscreen to protect the tree from UV light. If you rub it on your skin, it's about SPF 15!
 
4. Aspens have photosynthetic bark, so they're still soaking up the sun in the winter when they drop all their leaves! This is why some aspens have a greenish tint to the bark.
 
5. These amazing trees live to 150 years, and some have even been found as old as 200!
 
 


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