Meet Jess.Wandering and EverChangingHorizon— two adventure-loving, travel addicts whose goals in life are to get out of their comfort zones and push the limit. For Jess, Reno Tahoe was just a childhood memory filled with the scent of pine sap, hot sand that felt like lava and the cool, majestic waters of Lake Tahoe. It wasn’t until she saw a billboard in Seattle of a girl jumping off a rock into that majestic lake she so fondly remembered that she decided it was time to return and breathe deep that pine-scented air. So how do two wandering souls live a life untethered in Reno Tahoe? Keep reading to find out!
Yep, you read that right! You can surf the Truckee River! If that isn't your thing, there's bound to be other brave souls in the area willing to take on the epic task so sit back and watch. Continue exploring the Riverwalk, located in the heart of downtown, and grab a coffee at Hub Coffee Roasters or a pint at the Sierra Taphouse. Whatever you decide, not only is surfing the river a bucket list item, but it comes with some serious bragging rights!
It's time to venture outside of your comfort zone. The Flume Trail is a moderate 14-mile ride and offers the best views of the Lake Tahoe east shore. It does ride close to a steep drop off, so be warned if you are afraid of heights! However, as the Reno Tahoe saying goes, "No Guts. No Story." Hire your bike from Tunnel Creek Cafe and take their shuttle up to Spooner Summit to begin your ride. Once you're done, enjoy a cold one in the cafe. After all, you earned it!
After a long morning of exploring downtown Reno or biking the Flume Trail, it's definitely time to relax along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Bonsai Rock, Sand Harbor and Chimney Beach are all located on the east shore along Hwy 28 and offer the most amazing views — perfect for a lazy afternoon of basking in the sun and cooling off with a dip in those refreshing waters.
If there is one item on your bucket list you need to mark off, it's definitely seeing the sunrise over Emerald Bay. One of the most photographed and recognized locations on earth, this place is awe-inspiring at any time of the day. However, an added bonus of arriving early is having the view to yourself. If you are feeling ambitious in the morning, make the trek down the nearby Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park for more incredible vistas.