By Tim Hauserman

While Labor Day looms in the calendar, there is still a lot of awesome activities to take advantage of before the heat of summer turns to the colors of fall. Here are four great choices to enjoy in August:

Rafting The Truckee begins again:
After this past mega winter, first there was too much water flowing into the Truckee, and then when it was time to begin releasing water from downstream reservoirs, there was not enough water to raft the Truckee. Now, with a recent increase in the amount of flow it looks like the river will provide that Goldilocks level that folks are looking for. As of July 6th, 200 cubic feet per second was flowing. The best rates are between 250-400 cfs or so. Earlier this spring it was up to 1600 cfs, and in late July it was at 78 cfs. Enjoy it while you can.

Music Everywhere
There are Sunday afternoon concerts on The Commons Beach in Tahoe City, Tuesday Blues Concerts in Squaw Valley, music and a lot of other stuff when Truckee shuts down Downtown for Truckee Thursdays, and Concerts on the Beach at Kings Beach every Friday (except August 11th). Whichever event you choose, there is nothing like enjoying music outdoors in the high Sierra, whether it is under the stars or next to Tahoe’s lakeshore.

Hey…Go jump in the lake.
If you are ever going to swim in the refreshing waters of Lake Tahoe, now is the time. The August 6th reading for water temperature is 70 degrees! That’s right, pretty rare to see a 7 as the first number for a Tahoe water temp. Shallow, sandy places are warmer, while deeper, rocky shorelines, will be a bit chillier, but it’s all good. Get in there.

Check out the Woodies
Take a step back in time On August 11th-12th at The 45th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance held at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood. The show is a chance to take a close look at many of the most beautiful wood boats in the country.

The Wooden Boat Show is Coming!

By Tim Hauserman

Yes, it’s time once again for one of the premier exhibitions of classic and wooden boats in the United States, The Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’Elegance. On August 8th and 9th, 2014 you can be part of this annual gathering of some of the most beautiful boats still afloat, with about 70 craft competing to win a variety of prestigious awards. This year the show has moved from Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay to Obexer’s Marina in the heart of Homewood.

Obexer’s is a fitting place for the spectacle since current owner Sarah Obexer-Fields great grandfather Jake Obexer created the first wooden boat dealership in Lake Tahoe when he started Obexer’s in 1911. To give you an idea how long ago that was, the boats would arrive at the lake by train.

Travel and parking along the west shore in the Homewood-Tahoma area could be a challenge on August 8th and 9th. Please plan accordingly. If you are close enough to walk or ride your bike to the event, by all means do so. Or take TART, the public transit system. Another alternative is the North Tahoe Water Shuttle, which runs seven times a day with stops in Carnelian Bay, Tahoe City, West Shore Cafe and Obexer’s. View more information here or call (530) 581-8707. What could be finer then arriving at a boat show via boat?

Boat Show Hours:
Friday August 8th between 10 and 4:30 pm, with an awards presentation at 6 pm.
Saturday, August 9th, between 9 and 4:30 pm, with a Roar off, at 4 pm. The Roar Off is when many of the boats leave the harbor at the same time.

Social Events:
An extensive calendar of social events  are set for between August 7-11th.  For details on all of the events or to purchase tickets go to