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A Ride in May

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by WoodWorks, May 20, 2015.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
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    Work has kept me from posting here for a while, but I managed to get out for a little 2,200 mile ride down to the southern tip of California and back last weekend.

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    I visited Joshua Tree National Park and did a loop around the Salton Sea. It's an accidental inland sea, created in 1905 when a man-made dam was breached and the Colorado River spilled into a natural depression for two years before they managed to plug the gap.

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    Now it's a stinking, polluted sewer, with regular die-offs of the few species of fish (mostly tilapia) that barely manage to survive there. That's not sand, by the way, those are the bones of thousands of dead fish.

    In the 60's and 70's real estate speculators tried to lure buyers to its shores by touting the area as the "Riviera in the Desert." But those dreams went bust, and now only the skeletons remain.

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    Still, it's definitely worth a visit if you don't mind the smell.

    On the way down there I visited Manzanar, where my government incarcerated 110,000 American citizens because of the shape of their eyes.

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    And I rode through a late spring snow storm past Mono Lake, where the temps dipped down to 24°F (–4°C).

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    Bridgeport.

    I can't remember the last time I had that much fun. :rolleyes-20:

    All of the images here were taken with the A7 and either the 16-35 or 24-240 lenses, except for the last one, which was taken with my iPhone. My fingers were so frozen I don't think I could have held on to my A7.

    A few more images from the trip can me found on my Flickr page
     
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    "A little" :confused-69: :hmmm:............................:)

    Once again, great photos from a trip of yours David and thanks for also sharing this nice story of the place :bravo-009:
     
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  3. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    that first image is print worthy!
     
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  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Looks like a great trip for sure.
     
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  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Pictures are very nice, no smell or cold fingers here on my laptop :D.
     
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  6. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Love this set. The story behind the journey makes them even more interesting. I wish I could take that kind of trip. Thanks for sharing David.

    BTW - I have to correct you. you also snuck a 55 Zeiss pic in the set too. :)
     
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  7. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    Yes definitely. Wonderful pictures and wonderful stories/descriptions to go along with it. I wish I had the ability to take a "little" 2200 mile journey by myself.
     
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  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    D'oh! You're right. I did pull that lens out, didn't I? :doh:
     
  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    It's easy, just get on the bike, point it somewhere, and keep adding gas! :D
     
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  10. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    Thanks for taking us along David. Great pics and story too.
     
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  11. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    I only have a moped that goes 25 mph tops. Picture "Dumb and Dumber". ;)
    However, I am working on getting a 4 door Jeep Rubicon next week, and will definitely want to take it out for some sights!
     
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  12. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Wow! great shots, and travels. The snow is unexpected surprise for sure. Beautiful landscape composition though.
    I think these outings are necessary to keep us planted and from going insane.
     
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  13. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Oh, for me that ship sailed a long time ago. :coco:
     
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