Adam Jensen: Thunderstorms shouldn’t dampen your good time |

Adam Jensen: Thunderstorms shouldn’t dampen your good time

Forgot your mandolin? There will be plenty at this Saturday's Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival.
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Summer is in full swing. The Fourth of July just passed, and the annual celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course is just around the corner. And the summer monsoon season is moving along quite nicely. Wait, what? Yup, the thunderstorms have been impressive so far this summer, and I’ve got some mixed feelings about the whole deal. I appreciate the moisture, but another stretch of unadulterated sunshine would be welcome. I’ve learned to give a side-eye to any forecast predicting the weather in the Sierra Nevada, but this weekend appears to be setting up nicely, with milder temperatures and only slight chances of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. Sunday is predicted to be sunny with the thermostat-friendly high of 72.

Here are a few personal picks for this weekend at Lake Tahoe:

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

While I’ve never been a huge fan of reading the Bard, seeing a performance at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival a few years back opened my eyes to the reasons behind Shakespeare’s enduring popularity. Of course, the stellar production of the festival, idyllic backdrop, sand between my toes and wine in my picnic basket didn’t hurt anything. I’ve been thoroughly entertained by the festival on a couple of occasions now. The productions are always top-notch. The festival gets going Friday and runs into August. I try and make it out at least once year and highly recommend it.

Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival

This one is sure to be a hoot on Saturday. The lineup includes plenty of bluegrass and Americana stalwarts, as well as always-entertaining local favorites Dead Winter Carpenters. The outdoor venue at hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe puts you in the middle of Stateline’s party, and you’ll still be surrounded by plenty of fresh air and (hopefully) perfect temperatures.

Lake Tahoe’s trails

The aforementioned thunderstorms have brought some summer moisture to the trails. While it’s wise not to play in the middle of a thunderstorm and make sure you’re not doing any damage if trails are soaked, do try and enjoy the added grip the newly tacky trails will provide. Powerline Trail provides easy access to numerous options for mountain bikers. The Corral Trail has terrain features for every stripe. For hikers, Eagle Falls is the classic, short hike that starts with views of Emerald Bay and ends at a small lake and waterfall.

Fear not, if the rain does pounce again, there’s always some kind of establishment at Lake Tahoe encouraging you to pull up a seat. Enjoy the weekend!

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

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