Pre-Trip Fun for Reno-Tahoe, Nevada
Rainbow Trout -- Go fishing on the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe, and you just might catch one of these local beauties.
Ultimate Granola -- Packed with portable protein and fiber, this make-ahead trail mix will keep hunger at bay on hikes.
"Lake Tahoe" by Pam Zollman -- Part of the "Rookie Read-About" geography series, this one covers local vital stats in a kid-friendly way. (Ages 4 to 8)
"Trouble at Lake Tahoe: A Nancy Drew Mystery (#118)" by Carolyn Keene -- The famed teen sleuth brings her skills to Tahoe, inspiring readers to snoop around for nearby mysteries themselves. (Ages 9 to 12)
"Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party" by Rachel K. Laurgaard -- Despite an ill-fated end for many in the infamous Northern California tragedy, 8-year-old Patty survived. Her fascinating tale of hope is pieced together from letters and journals. (Ages 9 to 12)
"Brilliant Waters: Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra" by Elizabeth Carmel and Robert Redford -- Stunning photographs and insightful commentary from Redford showcase the Sierras at their most beautiful. (Ages 13 and Up)
Water Purse -- Made from household items, this tote is an easy project for kids to make and pack with lake-day essentials.
Crafty Creatures -- Little ones will love dreaming up woodsy animals they can look out for at the lake.