1967 in South Lake Tahoe, California, years before the giant casinos take their hold on the community; Sam Borges enters his son's name in a raffle. The prized is a pony. That winter he starts a Lake Tahoe tradition of delighting neighbors and visitors alike with his horse drawn sleigh rides. For over 40 years, people from around the world have come to dash through the snow, enjoy picturesque views and listen to stories of a land that once echoed with the thundering hooves of Pony Express Riders and the Wild West.
Sam Borges, born in 1924, begins his story when his mother, Aldina, is cured of her blindness by the power of prayer. Her life's calling then becomes a resolve to share this good news with others. Compelled, Aldina packs up her brand new Model 'A' Ford with religious book, her baby daughter and 5 year old Sam. Together they travel across these United States. But this is only the start of Sam Borges' adventures. During the Great Depression Sam decides on settling in Central California as a farmer, rancher and dairyman until a life changing earthquake drives him north to the land of the grand Sierra Mountains, the cool waters of Lake Tahoe and Bonanza's own Ponderosa Pines. His story gives hope that life struggles can present opportunities to achieve greater things.
His joy of life and love for nature, animals and humanity are endearing. You will love the fun facts, history and good humor. The sleigh rides are a unique attraction that is quickly disappearing from the landscape of this county. Once a common sight, sleighs are now only images seen gracing seasonal greeting cards. Take a sleigh ride in Lake Tahoe with Sam Borges and enjoy this step back in time.
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