Adam Jensen: NFL football is back and it feels so good |

Adam Jensen: NFL football is back and it feels so good

With the NFL pretty much dominating the news cycle year around now, it’s refreshing that actual games will be played this week. The football season brings a special buzz to Lake Tahoe’s bars and casinos. The sport’s popularity means dozens of establishments will be filled with jersey-clad fans raving and jabbering about their favorite clubs. Lake Tahoe is full of transplants, so you get fans of pretty much every team, which lends a cosmopolitan air to the proceedings. Both premature triumph and tragedy will be declared this weekend, the start of a long season. It’s going to be great.

And if you don’t like football, even better for you. The people heading inside to watch the games Sunday will give you that much more elbow room outdoors. Here are a couple of picks for this week:

Trails & Vistas

The Trails & Vistas Art Hikes are something that, as far as I am aware, is wholly unique to Lake Tahoe and Truckee. During the events, art projects pepper a trail and blur the lines between art and nature. The non-profit organization follows up with a world concert Saturday at the stunning Sand Harbor State Park. More information is available on page 9.

Swim in an Alpine lake

It’s going to be a relatively warm one this weekend. While Lake Tahoe obviously provides a refreshing dip, so do many of the smaller lakes scattered throughout the region. The Eagle Falls Trailhead at Emerald Bay provides quick access to Eagle Lake, one great swimming hole, as well as numerous high-elevation lakes within Desolation Wilderness. Earn your swim by hiking into a lake and experiencing a slice of the High Sierra.

Make a foolish parlay

I’ve always found it’s best to get your football bets in early in the season before the oddsmakers have it down to a science by week 8 or so. Let those nearly impossible six-team parlays fly. There’s no better time of year for it. Whether you head to the casinos or one of the many bars and restaurants at the South Shore with a football crowd, and even if you don’t make any bets, it’s going to be an exciting weekend for football fans. Every team is a champion in September. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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