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I Can't Help It....I like old dogs and old people. I'm not sure exactly why, but I think my fondness for the elderly has a lot to do with patience and the passage of time. Old critters (both two and four legged varieties) have time to be patient . There really is no hurry for them to do anything because they really can't hurry. It's just too much trouble. My dog Sydney, for instance, loves to sleep in the middle of the street. The street offers a nice warm place to lay down, I live on a hill so there's a nice view for her, and bothersome creatures like cats and squirrels are more likely to leave her in peace if she's out in the middle of the street. She always seems a bit surprised and somewhat perplexed when a car horn disturbs her from her slumbers. There follows an awkward moment when she and the interlopping vehicle face off, neither budging, neither giving up any territory. Inevitably the vehicle gives up and drives around her. I'm sure if the driver ever looked in the rear view mirror they would see a distinctly disgusted look on Sydney's face. The driver is usually always in a hurry. Sydney, on the other hand, has plenty of time. The other day I was that driver. I was late, I was in a hurry, I didn't have any time to spare. And then I saw them, an elderly couple between the white lines of a cross walk, heads down, hands intertwined, feet shuffling across the asphalt. NO, I cried! Not now, not here. Crikey I don't have time for this! The entire line of cars behind me came to a near screeching halt. We sat. We waited. We desperately wanted to honk our horns and flash our lights. We watched. There was nothing we could do. Two worlds collided, ours the young, the late, the get out of my way you're going too slow I'm going to be late...and their's, the patient, the one foot in front of the other, we're making good headway now, Mildred! Look we're almost halfway there. I felt very humbled watching that old couple make their way across the street. Good for them, I thought, for reminding the rest of us that life is short, life is precious, and it's a horrible waste of time to rush about hither and yon. Good for them for reminding us to slow down and make room for matters that really are important, like sleeping in the street if you're like my dog, or making your way to the Granlibakken Hut for the upcoming Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team's first meeting of the 2010-2011 season. Yes, welcome back folks! October is right around the corner and it is time for us to reconvene and rally for the upcoming search season. We will be meeting Monday, October 4th, at 6pm at the Granlibakken Hut. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring the dogs, bring the kids, bring a hearty appetite, but most importantly bring your grandparents. I'd love to sit and chat with them. See you all soon!
Summer Fun (can't really call them searches)...though largely a quiet summer in terms of search activities, TNSAR was called out a few times over the past few months. Early in September TNSAR members assisted an elderly man and his dogs stuck up in Pole Creek. The man called AAA for assistance after his vehicle got bogged down in the soft shoulder of the dirt road. CHP was then dispatched and called us to evacuate the threesome. Bless his heart, the man feared that his dogs were not up for the long walk out to the road and called for help instead. Then later in September TNSAR was called out for a search in Squaw Valley. Apparently someone reported sighting a flare in the vicinity of the first tram tower. According to sources at the scene the flare was a, "...genuine distress signal." Fearing that someone might indeed be in distress, three TNSAR teams went hunting for a smoking flare gun. Albeit no one nor any flare gun was ever located, it was a splendid evening and a perfectly good excuse for wandering around star gazing and such.
Continuing Education...The Desert Research Institute (DRI) will be presenting a lecture on cloud seeding, Wednesday, October 20th, at 5:30pm at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. The lecture titled, "Cloud Seeding to Enhance Snowfall" will be presented by Arlen Huggins. From the DRI website...
Arlen Huggins, Desert Research Institute, has an active interest in applied research in both summer convective storms and wintertime storms. He has studied the evolution of winter storms over mountainous terrain, including field projects in the Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada, the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains of Australia. As a researcher Mr. Huggins has studied the physical effects of both airborne and ground-based cloud seeding on winter storm clouds, and produced several publications documenting the effects of seeding from cloud to ground. He manages the Cloud Seeding Program at DRI, which is designed to augment snowfall in selected mountainous regions of Nevada, California and Colorado.
Winter Aware---Speaking of education, TNSAR is proud to annouce that a new version of our 2002 Winter Aware video is now complete and ready for viewing during the upcoming 2010-2011 highschool education program. The video has been revamped, revitalized, redigitized, and reduced in length from close to 50 minutes to 30 minutes. TNSAR hired veteran film makers Eric DesLauries, Tom Day, and Elizabeth Rogers to remake the video. This new version has updated music, new interviews with new athletes, new graphics, and new packaging. After 8 years of service, the older Winter Aware video was retired and the new version is now ready for the next 8 years. We will be showing the video at the upcoming meeting.
GSR---Not sure if anyone has been counting, but this year will be the 35th annual Great Ski Race. It's hard to believe but true. TNSAR will be gearing up for the event with new fundraising and we hope to make it a Greater than Great Ski Race for all. It's never too early to volunteer. Talk to Doug Read, Dirk Schoonmaker, or Chris McConnel at the upcoming meeting. There's always room for more volunteers.
Tahoe Mountain Sports Pro Night---Dave Polivy and the friendly folks at TMS will once again open their doors for the second annual Pro Night. This is a chance for all mountain rescue people (ski patrol, search and rescue, Sherrif's Department, Fire people, Paramedics, etc. etc.) to get geared up for the coming season. Representatives from major brands of gear and apparel will be on hand to sell their stuff at pro-deal prices. This is your chance to gear up with a new beacon, new backpack, new boots, goggles, helmets...the list goes on and on. These reduced prices are for you. They are not for your spouse, your girlfriend/boyfriend, your second cousin. TMS is being incredibly generous with this offer so please do not abuse the priviledge. But do take advantage of the great deals. The TMS Pro Night will be Tuesday, November 30th, at TMS world headquarters in Kings Beach. See their website for a list of products www.tahoemountainsports.com
New Driveway---Anyone been to the TNSAR garage lately? Pretty easy to find a place to park wasn't it? Yes, we are proud new parents of a brand new parking lot, courtesy of the new Fire Department headquarters on Fairway Drive. Come by and take a look, it's pretty impressive if you like fresh asphalt and bright white paint.
ISSW---stands for the "International Snow Science Workshop" and this year the event is being hosted by the Resort at Squaw Creek. Right here in "beautiful Squaw Valley," according to the ISSW website. More from the website...The International Symposium of Snow Science and avalanche practice will be held from October 17 - 22, 2010 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in beautiful Squaw Valley, California.We cordially invite you to join other snow scientists and avalanche practitioners in attending this biennial International Conference celebrating “A Merging of Theory and Practice”. Set amidst a rich history of alpine skiing and snow sports in the spectacular Lake Tahoe basin this meeting of the minds provides our unique industry with a forum in which to discuss theories, present papers and explore innovative new research topics during a five day period of interaction and conviviality.ISSW 2010 will offer a full social agenda to complement this week of learning and enlightenment. Traditionally, ISSW participants leave the lecture halls for a day of field observation and learning. The Lake Tahoe venue, home of the 1960 winter Olympics, begs for a variety of field trips in to avalanche terrain which shaped the historic culture of the place and continues to govern habitation and recreational imperatives to this day.The beautiful Lake Tahoe area, often referred to as the “Jewel of the Sierra”, offers a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor activities including adventures in rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, golf, sailing, and more. Combine the exquisite scenery and endless opportunities for play with top of the line shops and restaurants and you'll want to stay forever. Lake Tahoe is conveniently located about one hour from Reno International Airport and 2 hours from Sacramento International Airport. The San Francisco Bay area is about a 3 hour drive on Interstate 80. See you at Lake Tahoe in 2010! See the website for a complete schedule of events www.issw2010.com
Gearing up, literally, figuratively, and telepathically...