Some photos I want to share from California!

Posted By: The Rickster  Posted On: Aug 10th, 2011  Filed Under: Weather

Hey guys and gals. For those of you new to the forum…or just incase y’all didn’t know, I spent about three months in California. During this time, I went up to the high Serra-Nevada quite a bit…just to see…You guessed it….SNOW!! Well, I want to share a few photos from the Sierra. I have  ALOT of photos. But these were some of the more breath-taking shots.All of these  I took these with my Droid (cell phone), except for the one with my bike. These photos in the mountains were probably taken at about 4,000-4,500 feet (estimated!!).  Enjoy!

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The fallowing photo is of my prized 1968 Columbia Longboy 5 Speed. I did this shot as a straight scenic shot. The town I lived in had a nice view of the Sierra in a few places that didn’t have trees. This was one of those spots. If you look closely, in the background you can see the snow capped Sierra mountains. This made for a nice shot, and a even better view in person…

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  1. The Rickster says:

    Darn it didn’t work!!! Ok..give me a bit to fix it…my apologies everyone!!

  2. The Rickster says:


  3. The Rickster says:

    Got it!!! This (and the other shots like it) we’re taken just after a snow fall on the same day. It was flurrying at this point…but the flakes were so small, the camera didn’t pick it up. Elevation at this point was probably about 4,000-4,500 feet (estimated).

  4. The Rickster says:

    I dont know why but nothing is showing up. I’m actually very embarrassed..but it is what it is. If you want to see the shots (which I hope you do…) here are the links.

  5. The Rickster says:

    Here is a little background info on the photo with the bike. The bike is a 1968 Columbia Longboy 5 speed. Its my favorite bike out of all the ones I have in my collection. Well….the town that I lived in (called Nicolaus) had a nice view of the Sierra mountains in a few spots. I wanted to do a shot of my bike, against the mountains. Luckily, I found a place that had a nice veiw…and to top it all of, the mountains were still covered in snow. Here is that shot. I took a few of them..but this one is my favorite…

  6. Flake Fan says:

    Wow, those are stunning photos! I never thought of going up into the mountains last time I visited California, but now I’m sad that I didn’t. :( Nice bike, it looks really nice for something from the 60s.

  7. Grandin says:

    Those are  narrly photos Rick. And i still like your bike in your pics brother.
     How’s the calif. life been? I know it was a huge change for ya.

  8. The Rickster says:

    Yeah it was a pretty big change. But now I’m back in South Carolina…and looking forward to a wild winter (possibly). 

    @Flake, thanks for the comment on the bike. Its my favorite of course. Those mountains begged me to take a photo with it.

    @ the two of you…California is a nice state. The southern portion is nothing but the northern portion is a beauty. It is truely a world different out there. Probably one of the most memorable times for me was the very last time I went up into the mountains. I hit about 3500 feet..maybe a little more…above sea level, and the rain began to change to snow. Well, once it changed to all snow, I got out the car to take in the sites. Well, when I got out, the flakes were so big that when they hit the road, they made a POPPING sound. I was trippin’ hard core. I have NEVER experienced that. Those flakes were massive.

    I tried to go up to Donner Lake one last time on that very same day. I got on I-80…and chain controls got put into place about 15 minutes after I got onto the freeway. Snow was coming down fairly well at this point. The weather got so bad that not even 18 wheelers with chains on their tires could gain grip. So here I am, sitting beside a big rig…with chains…on a incline right? These vehicals are spinning their tires a little bit to gain traction and go forward but they are drifting BACKWARDS! The roads took a turn for the worst real fast. 

    Needless to say, I, my now ex-girlfriend, and her friend, didn’t go to Donner that day. We turned around and went back home. In the future, I would like to go back honestly. Cali is a beautiful state to visit…but I don’t want to live there.

    Now that I am back, I’m going to start a tradition for me, and my friends. If I have a job by then, I’m going to start taking me, and maybe a few my friends, to the mountains in North Carolina for a day trip. I want to give them an idea of what I experienced out there you know. Oh…don’t worry about my little Mazda from 1993 either. It now has over 320,000 miles on it’s original engine and transmission…and it still isn’t showing any signs of wear and tare from the trip to, and from California. It handled the ice and snow like a champ!

  9. Grandin says:

    Oh wow rick i thought u were gonna live in California and start a new life? But South Carolina is cool too man i been there good state. And i believe you will get a cold and somewhat snowy winter. You ever wanna snowball fight look me up Ricky..


  10. MSSouthernGirl says:

    Hey Rick thanks for the pictures! I use to live out West and spent as much time in the mountains as I possibly could. No place else like it. Your pictures bring back memories.  The weather can turn so quick “up there” that it is  mind blowing. I can understand why you went back to South Carolina. Althought the culture out West is interesting it is very different from the South. However the weather out there is awesome.

  11. The Rickster says:

    @ Grandin, yes, I was planning on living in California. I was bent and determined. But things didn’t pan out the way I expected. When things began to fall apart, I decided it was time to go back home. Home to my friends, my faimly, and my bikes. Little did I know that there was one person in peticular that missed me. I didn’t even know she did, until we desided to date one another…and now we’re boyfriend and girlfriend. Things have changed for the better ever since I came back. People say that I’ve changed too. I’m more “free”, and not cold and cooped up like I was befor I left. I feel a difference. And I like it. But I do miss the weather that I got to enjoy while I was out there honestly. Thats really the only thing I miss. 

    @MSSouthernGirl, Your welcome for the photos. I have so many that I can’t post all of them up. Weather changed like crazy out there. It was wild. It would be 60 degrees and sunny in the little town of Nicolaus, but it would be snowing about an hour and a half away. I ALWAYS tripped over that. I’ll post up some more so more folks can see them.

  12. Grandin says:

    oh man rick the pics near lake tahoe reminds me of home! i miss being home alot. Indiana is good to me but the place where u grew up is even better. And i understand where your coming from in your reply to me Rick everything happens for a reason myfriend. HI southerngirl i see you over there ‘Waves Hi’


  13. MSSouthernGirl says:

    The Lake Tahoe area is beautiful beyond words. Made a business trip out there some years ago and it was so beautiful that we considered moving. Was just too expensive to make that happen.

    I’ll never forget the weather out West either. Years ago I lived in Colorado. One very warm and sunny April day in Denver they were forecasting a blizzard for that evening. I thought that was insane. Couldn’t fatham a blizzard with it being in the mid 70′s. About 5PM a huge black cloud appeared over the front range of the rockies.  After dinner, around 7PM, I opened the den curtains and there was a foot of snow on the ground. The blizzard was so bad that businesses closed the next day and we lost power. Just incredible.

    Dan’s right. There is really no place like home and everything does happen for a reason. Where you grow up is really part of who you are. You took a giant step and had an experience some people will never have. The changes you’ve noticed in yourself due to that experience will be with you forever.

    A big hello Dan. I’ve missed you. 

  14. The Rickster says:

    I’d like to go visit the Sierra again one day but to live out there…nah, I’ll pass.  I’m glad y’all like the photos. I’m glad I was able to experience the scenery first hand.

    @ Dan, you are right. There is no place like home. I gave Cali a shot, and it didn’t work, so here I am again, back in S.C. I’m not complaining through, what so ever. Now I’m looking forward to this winter, for South Carolina. The persimmons are finally starting to come in. In a few weeks, I’ll pick some and go from there. The first week of August was above normal, all the way through I believe, in terms of temperature.  Its 12 PM here as a type this and the temp reads 82. Bring on the winter, I’m ready for it.

    @ MS, Tahoe is a beautiful. Very beautiful. The first time I went to Cali in 2008, I went up to Lake Tahoe. I had a blast up there. We went all around the lake, then to Carson City, ate lunch at a casino, then went back home. It was snowing off and on the entire time I was up there. It was beautiful. That was the first time I have ever seen it snow while the sun was out too. I was tripping something fierce when I seen that. At the age of 21, I consider myself very lucky to have experienced somethings that some folks have yet to experience. 

    I have a buddy who was in the Navy. He’s been all over the world…but according to him, he has never seen his own country. At least, not like I have. When I got back to S.C., he told he sorta envied  me for that fact. I count my blessings every day, more than ever, since I have been back. I now know what I have, and I don’t want to lose it. That goes for my bikes, my family, my friends, and my current girlfriend…who basically waited two years to be able to call me her’s. It has been a true learning experience. One that I will hold close to me for the rest of my life. I am glad that I am back on here too! I can’t forget you guys!

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