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Fall storm 2010
On Sunday, October 24th we received 7.9 inches of rain accompanied by very strong winds. E.I.D. had previously lowered the lake to about 6 inches depth at the ramp. By 10/26 Lower Echo had risen to almost 4 feet, and, according to observers, Upper Echo had risen over the piers. Boats that were essentially sitting on lake bottom prior to the storm broke their tie lines, filled with water and debris and sustained some damage. Never a dull moment at Echo!
Historical Note: Memorial Day Weekend 2010
Over a three day period preceding the Memorial Day weekend, we had a snow-blower and a loader working to clear Echo Lakes Road into the Chalet. The snow pack was extensive and the road was single-lane in some portions ( especially around the lower curve - see photo below) requiring occasional back-ups to the nearest wide spot / turn-around. Everyone was cooperative and seemed grateful to be able to access the lake front in these winter-like conditions. Nevertheless, we were criticized for opening the road in such a limited fashion.
Given the economic realities of Memorial Day weekends in general, and the frozen status of the lake, we have decided to discontinue plowing Echo Lakes Road in such conditions. In the future, when the lake is thawing we may decide to clear the road of some snow and debris in order to provide safe driving conditions. This will be a very limited, and much more cost-effective approach to starting our summer season(s).
PICTURES FROM 5-28-2010:
1917 - 1921 Pictures of Echo from El Dorado Irrigation Archives:
The last pack train from "Medley", presumably from dam construction at Aloha
Lower Echo and main pier (unfinished)
Lower Echo and dam. Notice the cabin on the lower South side of the harbor.
This is the earliest brochure we have for Echo Chalet. The "Chalet-lees" were finished in the summer of 1947, so we assume this dates from the late 1940's. At that time, bread was about 20 cents / loaf, and a Saturday double feature was 15 cents. The Chaletlee rates have increased 12 to 15-fold over the past 53 years - not bad by comparison. We still think they're a bargain at $82 (one bedroom two guests) to $126 (2 bedroom -four guests) / night. Come see our new, deluxe unit (Chaletlee #11) this summer. This double unit has been combined into one "Suite" and will rent for $195 / night (full kitchen, king-size bed, hide-a-bed, living room, new bathroom with large shower).
Dr. Carroll Cross, one of my ex-instructors / colleagues at U.C.D. Medical School, sent me this 1941 issue of RUNT (a Fallen Leaf community publication from that era).
Here is the inside credit, including a tribute to the RUNT:
Here is the advertisement for that "world-famous resort" in the same issue of RUNT:
Historical note: Curt Rocca was the Chalet's first manager, and was called into military service about the time this advertisement appeared. He had a Navy commission from U.C. Berkeley, and the Chalet was operated by Blanche Rocca throughout the war years. Upon his safe return from WWII, Curt elected to pursue another career, and the Chalet was sold to Haven W. Jorgensen ("Jorgy").
Echo Chalet owner / operators: (approximate dates)
Rocca Family 1939 - 1946
H.W. Jorgensen 1946 - 1969
Roy Johnson Family 1969 - 1973
H.W. Jorgensen 1973 - 1974
Bruce and Mary Lou Brown 1974 - 1981
Medshallah Corporation 1981 - 1984
Note: It is my (Tom's) understanding that the origin of "Medshallah" rests with the misinterpretation of a contraction of Medical Chalet into "MedChalet". The physician-owners, under a time constraint to incorporate, telephoned instructions to their attorney, and the intended Corporate name got lost in translation.
Tom and Kathleen Fashinell 1984 (fall) - present
JUST FOR FUN: PICTURES FROM THE PAST - or SENIORS AT ECHO LAKE
Jim, Bob, and Tom Fashinell at Echo Lake 1953
1956: Beverly Kent, ... ... Bruce Crater, Tom F. and Tom Phair
Sid Ames on the left, Tom Fashinell on the right. Who's in the middle? Rigging "H-Bomb" circa 1959-60
Sid in "H-Bomb" - No life jacket??
Dan Reid on the bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" to a shore side audience. Kathleen portside stern, with Tyler partially visible behind the bagpipes.
"Old Blues" at Echo 2003. Chuck Holloway, Vince (Buzz) Butler, Tom Fashinell (the auto-dating on the camera is off by 8-1/2 years)
Durein and Hueter antique Thompson wooden boats - rebuilt and maintained with loving care.
Welding end-plates (note broken section)
Tom Mitchell, the expert welder (from Axelson's).
Our crew cutting chain, launching sections and rigging them on 5-27-04.
Moving Section on "rollers"
Launching all three sections
Oops! Man is that water COLD!
Three-piece boom, awaiting re-attachment
Moby rigged with two 4x6's on edge, with chains wrapped around each side. The come-a-longs were then attached to the chains and the first weight was lifted off the lake bottom. It could not be released in ideal position due to depth of the water and length of the fully-extended come-a-longs. New equipment has been obtained, and further attempts will be made when weather permits.
Jim getting ready to dive and place chains on weights.
Jim and Tom discussing the situation
Moby with weight lifted ( but not re-positioned )
ANGORA RIDGE FIRE - RELATED PICTURES
Where there was smoke ...
(Picture courtesy of Betty Drury, view across lower Echo to Flagpole Peak)
There was ...
(Northwesterly view from the overlook at the base of Dumbo looking towards Flagpole Peak)
The fire as it appeared from Tahoe's North Shore:
Lower Echo the morning of 6-26-07
Lower Echo the morning of - 6-30-07