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Zephyr Cove couple adopts Tahoe Rim Trail vista

Provided to the TribuneShannon Raborn, Tahoe Rim Trail associate director, right, presents Diane and John McCall a framed certificate that includes a picture of the vista they recently adopted.

A Zephyr Cove couple has shown their love of the Tahoe Rim Trail and the outdoors by becoming the first to participate in the “Adopt a Vista” program.

John and Diane McCall, with their company TEXCEL Computer Systems, adopted a vista above Marlette Lake. From their special spot they can see Marlette Lake 1,100 feet below and Lake Tahoe 1,600 feet below that.

“Being hikers, the Tahoe Rim Trail is a frequent and regular part of our lives,” they said. “We worked on building the trail in the 1980s and more recently, after becoming permanent Tahoe residents, helped out a bit in the office. We were looking for another way to contribute when we saw that a vista we knew and loved was up for adoption.”

In recognition of the donation their name will be permanently displayed on the kiosk at the trailhead closest to the vista. They also received a 16-inch by 20-inch framed certificate and photograph that includes a picture of the vista and a map showing the vista’s GPS coordinate.

For a contribution of $5,000, donors may select the visita of their choice through the photo portfolio on the Web site http://www.tahoerimtrail.org. This tax deductible donation helps fund the annual operations of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, including trail enhancement and maintenance and outreach and education. The reasons for adopting are varied. Many choose to adopt a vista to honor or memorialize a special individual, others simply want to make a difference in their community. In addition to the Adopt A Vista program, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association receives support through its membership club, donated supplies and services, charitable trusts, foundations and businesses.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is truly a trail like to other. Built by volunteers and USDA Forest Service crews, the trail winds through two states, six counties, four national forests, state parkland and three wilderness areas. It is open to hikers, equestrians, and in most areas, mountain bikers. Thousands of people use the trail each week during peak summer and fall months. The Tahoe Rim Trail is considered one of the largest volunteer projects in the country. More than 10,000 volunteers have worked nearly 200,000 hours to make the trail a reality. Many more have donated monies to help fund the $200,000 per year needed to maintain the trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance, expand and promote the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and encourage stewardship and provide access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. The association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks.

For more information or to adopt a visa contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at (775) 588-0686 or Info@tahoerimtrail.org

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