Greg Zirbel is a familiar “face” around Truckee. Whether in character as the Old Miner, or just supporting Truckee’s many community activities, Greg is always willing to give his time. Greg’s parents moved to Truckee when he was two weeks old, and he grew up in the Donner Trail neighborhood where he developed his deep appreciation for the great outdoors, which were straight out his back door. He spent his summers guiding horseback trail rides up into Cold Stream Canyon as a cowboy at Cold Stream Corral. After college, a serious back injury led him him to use his skills as a top woodshop student in high school to make his own Christmas gifts using reclaimed lumber. He ended up building about 350 birdhouses over the next three years, many resembling historical Sonoma County landmarks.