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Mary Cook  |  62 posts


Mary Cook was graciously given her big break into the freelance writing world with SouthLakeTahoe.com. Before her passion with writing transpired, she ski instructed at Heavenly for two winter seasons, worked two harvest stints in a Napa winery, acquired a B.S. in Biology from Cornell, and dabbled with medical school for a six month period. Originally from a small town in Upstate New York lacking much in the form of entertainment, Mary inevitably became enamored with recreation. Throughout high school, she participated in long-distance running events, ultimately finishing her first marathon in college. At Cornell, she met her first love, ice-hockey, which she continues to play today in South Lake Tahoe’s Ice Hockey League. Shortly after her move to California, she discovered her second love: cycling. She is pleased to report her completion of this year’s Death Ride, a 129-mile road ride over 5 mountain passes outside of Markleeville, CA. Mary hopes her writing career will one day funnel her towards a position with Bicycling Magazine or Outside Magazine. Mary is 25 years old and currently resides in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

The Beacon

The Beacon

→  September 18, 2009 Comments Off on The Beacon

Location, location, location! The Beacon is one of the only restaurants in South Lake Tahoe that offers lake-front dining. In the summer months, dock your boat at Camp Richardson Resort and mosey on up to The Beacon’s jam-packed deck, for their diverse menu of seafood, soups, salads, sandwiches, chicken and steak, as well as their countless drink selections.

A Cyclist’s Guide to Mountain Passes In and Around South Lake Tahoe

A Cyclist’s Guide to Mountain Passes In and Around South Lake Tahoe

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Cyclists from around the world venture to South Lake Tahoe to climb the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, also known as the California Alps. Cycling in Tahoe introduces a different perspective to the sport. I never thought I would endure, much less enjoy, climbing up a pass for hours on end, just to turn around and […]


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