Before the snows hit I was able to make it a few more exits, from exit 150 Drum-Forebay to exit 158a Emigrant Gap. So let’s get started!
Thankfully we are now getting snow but I think it will delay future episodes a bit (you cannot get very far in a two wheel drive vehicle once you get off the Interstate when there is snow) but while we were having a less than stelar winter, I took advantage.
The first exit, Exit 150 Drum-Forebay was the one out of all the exit names that had peaked my curiosity. Why? I don’t know, the name I guess. I thought I knew what a drum was but a forebay? Just sounds like it came before an afterbay ;). At the end of the exit ramp and to the right is a private association. This sign below kills me.
In our initial episode Every Exit up I-80, issue one I left Colfax heading east and only made it as far as Dutch Flat but I had a great time there.
In this episode, I start the journey at Exit 143 Gold Run, went up to Exit 146 Alta Bonnynook Rd. and ended at Exit 148b Baxter.
So, let’s get started.
Heading east on Interstate 80 you often miss Exit 143 Gold Run, (especially if you are driving up from the Bay Area) because just past the Gold Run exit is the first “Rest Stop” on your way up the grade but I do not need the rest stop, at least not yet.
(the photo above is coming back west as I forgot to take this pic on the way up)
Stopping at the end of the exit, I see a uniquely old styled building off to the right. Turns out to be a sports bar and grill Mountain Springs Hitch n Post
The Tahoe National Forest has a yearly photo contest and for 2017, it was recently announced that our proud member Joe Dondelinger has won both first and second places!!
“Celestial Wilderness” by Joseph Dondelinger, (Castle Peak)
Note from the Photographer: This is one of my most achieved photos to date planned months ahead of time! This photo is actually a blend of two images taken at very precise and critical times at the same position and angle. On July 22, 2015, I set off on the brutal 1200 foot backpack trip up to near the top of Castle Peak carrying over 60 pounds of gear, including all of my camera equipment! I also carried up my iOptron Sky Tracker, which plays a crucial role in capturing the most detailed shot of the Milky Way possible and was the first image I captured, which also had to be taken in between the sunset and moonrise 45-minute window. During the 4-minute tracked exposure, I managed to capture a spectacular meteor to the south! After this shot, I moved the camera just a few inches over to a stationary tripod keeping the same angle and prepared for the moonrise so I could capture the foreground image just a few minutes later! Timing was impeccable with this as I had to shoot my foreground quick and on time just as the moon was rising, so the moonlight and the warm glow from the headlamp in my tent stay in the right balance! Then finally later in post production I blended the two images together. What I love most about this image is how I can truly reflect upon my memories of just how amazing this little camp spot was that night and the success of all of my hard work to achieve this photo!