Daylight saving time is here: What to do with the extra hour of light |

Daylight saving time is here: What to do with the extra hour of light

With an extra hour of daylight, you'll finally be able to watch the sun set over Lake Tahoe after work.
Courtesy / Dan Thrift |

This weekend the clock on your microwave will finally be right again. That’s correct — daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, so keep that in mind and avoid being a hour late to everything you have planned (remember: We spring forward this go around).

In honor of the practice — which dates back to the late 1700s and is attributed to Benjamin Franklin — we’ve assembled a list of things you can do with that extra hour of daylight (if the weather isn’t stormy, we might see the sun until 7 p.m. now!).

1. Get on the paddleboard

It’s still possible to access the water from some areas around the lake, but be sure to bundle up if you do this — 40-degree temperatures are certainly balmy for locals, but still pretty cold to go swimming in frigid waters. Grab your board and enjoy a nice paddle to calm down after a stressful day.

2. Go for a hike

With that extra hour of daylight, you’re going to have enough time after work for a short hike (or at least a stroll around the neighborhood). After all the heavy snow we’ve seen this winter, you might want to strap on some snowshoes while you’re at it.

3. Read a book

Yes, technically this is something you can do when it’s dark outside, but I’m talking about reading somewhere you can take in Tahoe’s scenery. Anyone who enjoys a good book knows that being outside adds to the whole experience — the tranquility of nature puts you at ease when you have your nose in a well-written story.

4. Grab drinks

Again, it’s absolutely possible to do this no matter how sunny it is outside, but getting off work to sunny skies and heading down to a waterfront bar definitely beats a pitch-black 4 p.m. happy hour. Look out over Tahoe’s many colors and sip your poison of choice to wind down after a long day.

5. Experience the Sunset

You’ll finally be able to watch the sun set from a place other than your minimally windowed office cubicle. Instead of peering through the blinds (which somehow got stuck in a closed position), you’re going to have enough daylight after being on the job to walk, hike or paddle somewhere you can actually take in the sight.