The Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge (TMTC) motivates you to get out and explore many of the hiking trails and public parks around the Reno area. At the same time, you will be supporting our parks through the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

TMTC is a self-guided program where you choose the trails you want to hike and one of five challenge levels ranging in difficulty. You can pick basic trails or go for it with up to 100 miles of trails. You consider your own interests and fitness level in making your selections. If you would like a little motivation, there are guided hikes available each month at different locations. Individuals, families, and groups can all take the challenge.

Hiking on the Tom Cooke Trail in west Reno, Nevada
Tom Cooke Trail in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

As you complete your hikes, enter them in your trail log book. You have a year from the time you sign up to finish your challenge. Once you have completed all of your trails, submit your log to TMTC and you will receive your “I Survived the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge” t-shirt.

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Valentine’s Day 2019 is on Thursday, February 14 and there are numerous ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in the Reno area. The traditional thing to do is to take your sweetheart out for brunch or dinner. Many restaurants and buffets in the Reno area will be offering special menus on February 14. Note that some dining events are not on Valentine’s Day itself, but shortly before or after.

There are other ways to share the occasion with your significant other, including going to the movies, enjoying a “Come in from the Cold” show, and enjoying fantasy at the May Museum with the “Lost World of Dragons” exhibit. You can even get married on this special day with a little advance planning.

Learn about Valentine’s Day dining and other things to do from “Dine and Party on Valentine’s Day around Reno and Lake Tahoe.” Since Valentine’s Day is during the week, there are activities on the weekend before and after that are worth checking out.

It’s easy to get a marriage license in Reno and up around Lake Tahoe. There are, however, a few rules to follow and the inevitable fees to pay. Marriage licenses issued by any county in Nevada are valid in every county.

The Washoe County Marriage License Bureau has two offices – one in Reno and another in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The Reno office is open 8 a.m. to 12 midnight, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Incline Village is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed on all holidays. Licenses can be obtained up to a year prior to the wedding.

Rules and fees for marriage licenses from nearby areas like Carson City and Douglas County (Carson Valley, Stateline/South Lake Tahoe) are a bit different. Get more information from “Marriage Licenses in Reno and at Lake Tahoe.”

In Nevada, same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses through the same procedure as heterosexual couples, no hassle involved.