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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D300S
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Nov 13, 2010, 9:43:56 AM
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Along The Ridge II by Allen59 Along The Ridge II by Allen59
This is a stitching together of 3 photos.
Calif. HWY 89, Lake Tahoe.
To the right is Cascade Lake and to the left is Emerald Bay.
This section of highway, sometimes referred to as Vertigo Road, has no guard rails, a 200-300 foot drop on both sides and nowhere to pull off the road. You have no choice but to go straight. It freaks out many first timers and you see them slowly driving down the center of the road, tires straddling the yellow line. It gets really interesting when you meet a logging truck coming in the opposite direction. I parked my Jeep about a quarter mile behind me on a little outcropping and walked down to here.. Sometimes I'll sit at the opposite end of the road and watch the cars and looks on the faces of the occupants.
In the distance to the right is Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. The upper slopes are above 10,000 feet elevation.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   General Artist
Fantastic scene, nice work :)
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Allen59 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   Photographer
Thanks Dan. I've driven this a hundred times and I still find myself hugging the center line. You can tell when someone is making this drive for the first time... they sit way forward in the drivers seat, hug the wheel with both hands and have this wide eyed look on their faces. 
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   General Artist
I bet, quite a drop :D Welcome :)
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musi1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot , ;)
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Allen59 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Photographer
Thanks, Mustafa. I appreciate that very much.
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musi1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You r really welcome ;)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
:clap::clap::clap: I've always wanted to stop and do this :love: love this ridge! I'm going to add it to my "must" list for this winter :nod: or maybe sooner if I make it up for the leaves :giggle:
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Allen59 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
I'd driven this so many times and every time I told myself "Next time" I'll stop and photograph it. This time I finely did.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous photo! I think I've been there with my family during our holidays. We drove along this street with a hired campervan and we called this street "gulp-road", because my mom gulped very hard when we passed it :D
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Allen59 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. I still get a feeling of vertigo when I drive over it.
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