How I Came to TahoeKatie Chappell, November 17, 2013 in TMR
I came to Tahoe on day one of my life at Tahoe Forest Hospital. My mom and dad came here in the 1970’s for “just one winter.” They met at Squaw Valley, and realized that winter is only the beginning of what Tahoe has to offer. Many, many adventures later, they have now been here for over 40 years.
I loved growing up here, there is always something fun waiting outside. Some of my favorite memories include hiking up Shirley Canyon, where the waterfalls and streams are a beautiful sight and the ultimate playground – rocks to climb on, swimming holes to jump in, and trees to hide behind. I had ski team every weekend where I met a whole new group of friends who I would explore every inch of the mountain with. Adventures out my back door included a whole system of snow tunnels in our yard, and climbing trees so high that we were waiving to my mom as she worked in her office on the second level of our house. Whatever day, whatever age, there were always adventures to be had.
When it was time for college, I spent a fabulous four years in the Bay Area at Saint Mary’s College of California. After spending the summer following graduation living in the East Bay, I knew that I wanted to come back to the mountains where I could be close to so much outdoor fun once again.
I spent a few seasons running, skiing, swimming, and biking all day long while working at Cottonwood Restaurant at night, but eventually I was ready for more challenges. I pursued East West Partners for whatever job I could get. I landed a position on the development team, and I couldn’t have been happier. Eight years later, I’m still here working with the East West Family and I am thankful to be part of such an amazing group of people.
Now that I have just started my own family, I’m excited to share all the fun little secrets of Tahoe life with my daughter as she grows.