Mount Rose, Nevada, November 2009 — On a chilly fall morning, Bill McGee and Sandra McGee gathered with friends to dedicate the McGee’s Adopt-a-Mile on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The McGees dedicated their sponsored mile to the memory of Emmy Wood, the legendary Nevada divorce ranch proprietor on the famous Flying M E where Bill worked as a dude wrangler from 1947 to 1950. The mile is the Connector Trail from Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead to Relay Peak Road.
Bill first saw Lake Tahoe in the early 1940s while cowboying in the West. Following his discharge from the Navy after World War II, he returned to Northern Nevada and worked as a dude wrangler and deer hunting guide at the Bob Scates stables outside of Tahoe City. Then, in 1947, Bill was hired as the head dude wrangler on the Flying M E, an exclusive divorce ranch south of Reno that catered to wealthy divorce seekers who came to Nevada for a six week divorce. Bill led the ranch guests on pack trips and overnight camping trips to the Lake. In 1950, Bill left cowboying and made a successful transition into the broadcasting field. However, he always returned to Lake Tahoe – as a hiker, a skier, and a writer. In the 1980s, while living in Incline Village, Nevada, Bill was one of the early volunteers on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s Adopt-a-Mile programs make it possible for families, individuals, organizations and businesses to honor a friend or loved one while ensuring the continuing legacy of the Tahoe Rim Trail.