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14 Jul 2013
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The unique art and nature experience known as Trails and Vistas celebrates it’s ten year anniversary on September 7th and 8th atop Donner Summit along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Trails and Vistas combines music, storytelling, dancing and no shortage of whimsy to create a one of a kind experience.

If you haven’t attended a Trails and Vista event you are in for a treat. It’s a slow hike through beautiful natural terrain, with frequent breaks at amazing backdrops, where you watch a dancer perform, a piece of music being played, or marvel at an interesting piece of art. Then you quietly walk on, wondering what interesting and surprising offering you will encounter around the next corner.

Artists this year include Angelika, who sings songs and performs healing chants in ancient Sanskrit and Ian Ethan Case, who plays the double-neck guitar and African Kalimba. Among the host of other dancers and performers, is the Truckee based Inner Rhythms dance group.

The hikes begin every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8. Specialty hikes include family hikes for those with children, meditative hikes for those wanting an especially quiet and spiritual connection (adults only) and leisurely hikes for those who prefer or need a slower pace. Advance purchase is highly recommended (the event has sold out every year). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $10 for children. The art-hike lasts approximately 3 hours.

This year in honor of their 10th Anniversary, Trails and Vistas will also include an evening concert at the Truckee Amphitheatre. Performers include award-winning flutist Ann Licater, double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case, the Japanese Drum Group Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, and the forty- piece San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. Art hike attendees can take advantage of a 50% discount ($10) for the concert when purchasing art hike and concert tickets together online. For tickets go to

Or better yet, by reading all the way to the bottom of this blog…you can win two tickets to the 10th Anniversary Concert. Just be one of the first twenty folks to email me at [email protected] July 17th saying, ‘I want those tickets’ to enter the contest, and I will randomly select a winner.