• 04-20-2006
    Wherewolf
    Springtime in Cali, pics & video
    After a cool and wet winter spring finally arrived in Northern California yesterday. So I headed out to New Melones, near Sonora to enjoy the warm sun, wildflowers and views. The lake was formed by flooding a river in the Sierra foothills so it has backed up into many steep valleys, which makes some very interesting patterns. And for most of the ride you get a great view of the lake and/or many small tributaries. Given the recent heavy rains, the lake is the highest I have ever seen it and there is water nearly everywhere. Below are a few photos. Although this was a solo ride I decided to take the helmet cam and make a video just for the scenery. About 44 meg, 6:15. <a href="http://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike/Video/videos/New_Melones_06.mpg">Right click to download video</a>.
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    Hillside of poppies
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    This trail is definitely too wet to ride!
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  • 04-20-2006
    jorgemonkey
    Beautiful! I really need to get out there and ride sometime. My family used to have a cabin in Twain Harte, so I've been out in that area a few times, but without a bike :( Your pics make me want to bring the bike next time!
  • 04-20-2006
    imjps
    [SIZE="4"]N i i i i i i i i i c e J o b!![/SIZE]

    Wow that was a breath of fresh air.

    jps
  • 04-20-2006
    Wherewolf
    You could have been in those pics
    You could have been in those pics. Tell me how you like the music choice. I definitely go much slower without someone leading me, and the video isn't quite as nice. We need this warm weather to continue for more seeds to germinate. Still not the best wildflower display. You racing there this Sunday?
  • 04-20-2006
    rockcrawler53
    Everything is soo green!
    WOW thats some amazing looking scenery there. I'veen been past there many times, but have never stopped. This just makes me want to hit up those trails and explore more areas to ride.
  • 04-21-2006
    Tumbleweed
    Makes me homesick...
    Man...things are looking great out there. The Korean countryside is starting to turn green again, but nothing like that. I grew up in Tuolumne County and really miss the springtime. Hopefully it is still that beautiful when I get to go home in about a month. I'll definitely be hitting Glory Hole once or twice! Thanks for the great post...
  • 04-21-2006
    VTT
    Steve, your pictures are always a treat..
  • 04-21-2006
    Yeti_Rider
    excellend
    very nice indeed.
  • 04-21-2006
    Frozenspokes
    That is some pretty country, your lucky to have that in your back yard!

    One question though. Early in the video you pass a Y intersection. I have seen it in at least one of your other videos. The left fork goes down, the right one goes up. You always take the left. Where does the right one go?
  • 04-21-2006
    cohenfive
    steve, great stuff as always. did you take the 20d for these shots? i'm still hoping to get a ride down there with you at some point.
  • 04-21-2006
    torment
    i really liked your pictures. they totally grasp spring in its best form. time to bust out my dslr.
  • 04-21-2006
    Wherewolf
    Boring stuff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    Early in the video you pass a Y intersection. I have seen it in at least one of your other videos. The left fork goes down, the right one goes up. You always take the left. Where does the right one go?

    That is on the west side of Angels Creek Trail. See my map, it's the short red line. The right goes up over the top to a short and fairly boring trail, away from the lake, and you miss that fantastic, nearly three minute downhill I call the roller coaster.
  • 04-21-2006
    tkblazer
    awesome pics!
  • 04-21-2006
    Wherewolf
    Just my P&S camera
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cohenfive
    steve, great stuff as always. did you take the 20d for these shots? i'm still hoping to get a ride down there with you at some point.

    Thanks. I just used my cheap P&S Canon S410. Pick a Wednesday afternoon for a ride within the next three weeks because it will be all brown and ugly soon.
  • 04-21-2006
    wongsifu_mk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    You could have been in those pics. Tell me how you like the music choice. I definitely go much slower without someone leading me, and the video isn't quite as nice. We need this warm weather to continue for more seeds to germinate. Still not the best wildflower display. You racing there this Sunday?

    Music by The Who goes with anything GOOD. Case in point.
  • 04-21-2006
    Whafe
    W Wolf, you are messing with me, that is New Zealand, its making me homesick.

    Stunning photos........................ A real treat, in Spain, just do not see that beautiful lush green......................
  • 04-21-2006
    LyNx
    Man those are some beautiful images Steve, awesome and thanks for the passion hit. You're a lucky man to have that sort of country so near, hope you stopped and just sat for a few minutes to enjoy all that.

    Complete opposite here, but I won't complain as it's finally dry season and the trails are now all rideable, but everything is brown.
  • 04-21-2006
    kadeater
    Nice video and pics. Looks like a beautiful area
  • 04-21-2006
    hardtail05
    Looks like the Shire from "Lord of the Rings". Nice vid !!
  • 04-21-2006
    mtbbill
    NICE!! LoSoCal is starting to green up nicely as well. This such a wonderful time of the year to ride.
  • 04-21-2006
    K-max
    Great video, Steve! I dig the letterbox. I put it at full-screen and went on a virtual ride. I want to get some rides out there soon. Thanks for that...
  • 04-21-2006
    Trailmix
    Canon S410
    You did real good on those photos, Werewolf. It's surprising that a the Canon S410 (4 megapixel) can take such nice shots. What's the secret? Does it take good close up shots too?
  • 04-21-2006
    Wherewolf
    Thanks!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Trailmix
    It's surprising that a the Canon S410 (4 megapixel) can take such nice shots. What's the secret?

    The person behind the camera :D

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Trailmix
    Does it take good close up shots too?

    Never tired it, I have a real camera for that.
  • 04-22-2006
    Trailmix
    Canon S410
    Hey, I just checked out your Ford Ord pictures. More good stuff. Same camera?
  • 04-22-2006
    Jeroen
    Nice one! Always nice to see some trails from overseas. Tell me, what band is that song you have in this clip?