Friday, July 22, 2005

Goin' Downtown

The biggest sign in San Andreas, at the Bank of Lodi- Posted by Picasa

We had to head down the hill today to the next larger town which is about 16 miles away. According to the year 2000 figures, San Andreas contains a whopping 2,615 residents!
Our city claimed 1,557 people, with only about half residing year-round.
Needless to say, traffic jams aren't a problem unless the Calaveras County Fair (home of the Frog Jump described by Mark Twain) is in progress.
If you're heading to the San Franciso Bay Area from here, the first stoplight encountered is about 45 minutes away!
Mr. SB smirked when I took along the camera. We both know there isn't much to photograph along the way because pull-outs on the road are few and far between. The road is winding, yet the little traffic encountered moves about 50 mph.
Just a couple of miles down the hill we saw what appeared to be a roll-over, with some witnesses standing off to the side of the road.
As I slowed, Mr. SB noticed me looking for the camera and said something to the effect of "you're not going to blog this... are you?"
Of course I'm not, but I really thought about it.


Blogger cheesecakey said...

ok, glad it's not just me....
on the way home from Vegas we passed a rolled over pickup that was attached to a rolled over 5th wheel.... the people, luckily were standing right by it and the temptation... oh the temptation..... my husband would have had a fit!!

3:14 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Thank you cheesecakey!
I feel better knowing I'm not the only blogoholic here!
We listen to our scanner frequently, and last weekend heard of a fatal accident. The coroner wasn't going to arrive at the location anytime soon, so the request went out to see whether anyone on the scene had a camera to photograph the body...
My heart went out to the friends or family, but my first thought was how soon could I drive to Sonora...

3:23 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

oooh - that's baaad SB! Naughty, naughty!

I'm going to ebay right now to find my own scanner!

Now that I have my new dig-cam I'm so excited about this winter. I want to take pictures of the asshats blaring by me in the snow and take bets on who flips first. It's even better now that I can snap shot it.

Knowing my luck, I'll crash into one of them trying to get a shot. Karma's a mean bastard :(

7:44 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

We passed a nasty accident last weekend. The car had skidded down a hill from the road above and was perpendiculr to the highway right at the edge. Even though it was hard, driving rain (probably the reason for the accident) you could tell the hill had caught fire. The car didn't look very good. Don't know what happened to the occupants, but, yeah, I kinda wanted a photo of that, too. Moot point, camera was not with me.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

You're not the only one who thinks of taking pics of that kind of thing. My hubby laughs at me because I like to take pictures of various signs that catch my eye.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Thanks for sharing it with me!

You are appreciated! Sending a smile your way!

7:51 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Maybe I've watched one too many forensics shows on TV?
Can't wait to see your winter photographs! But yeah, Karma can be a real beeyatch...

Well I'm certainly glad I'm not the only one- and I'm clearly seeing that in these comments!

rae ann-
Roadside art is always interesting to me too. Especially some of the older signs.

Smiling right back at you!

8:17 AM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

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12:30 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

One year we had a very nasty fire at the end of our street. An old paint factory had burnt to the ground. It had been closed for years but there was still paint chemicals and such in barrels.

Anyhow, the pictures I had taken were amazing! I was sooo glad to have had the AE-1 Cannon with the 300mm zoom lense that is shared between myself and the old shovel head biker I know. Everyone was to evacuate the street but I didn't leave. I took pictures. Well, the toxic smoke was going diagonally from next door crossing the street in front of my house so I actually wasn't in the line of smoke. I took 24 pictures that day and if I ever get them scanned onto this computer, my daughter's, I will send some to ya. If I had, had a digital at that time, I would have been able to have them in the local paper and maybe I would be a photo journalist by now!

12:32 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Yep, have to be in the right place at the right time!
You'd probably get some great pictures if you make it to Sturges (spelling?) this year.
I got some pretty good shots of a local wildfire last year, but wasn't close enough to see the flames... you 'gotta' get the flames in the picture, right?

1:14 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

yes...flames in picture...very important, smoke is also of equal importance in my book. That was one smokey fire let me tell ya!

I went Sturgis in 2001 and yes I did get some cool pics. I have hundreds of pictures scanned and stuff on my Macintosh but the modem fried during a killer thunderstorm last month. Sucks! Won't be long though. Looking at getting a wireless for the ole iMac, (the grape one)

9:47 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Looking forward to begin seeing some of those pictures!

9:10 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

We had raging wildfires in our area last summer, but didn't have access to a digital. The film pictures were pretty sobering, though. Hey, we're coming through California from North to South in early August. I'm going to get out the atlas and see how close to you we're traveling! ***rummaging for atlas***

10:22 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Hate those wildfires! Knock-on-wood, we haven't had anything close this summer.
We're probably not on any atlas, heck we're missing from lots of maps too!
In the big picture, we're between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
In the smaller picture, we're between Arnold and Jackson.
Some older maps show us as El Dorado, not to be confused with another town by that name which is further north.
We're usually not busy...
unless you count blogging!

11:40 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

OK, I found Arnold, but not Jackson. Anyway, my brother and his family live in Auburn and we'll be there for a day or two, but it doesn't look like easy access on this map. **sigh**

2:33 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I told you we were nearly invisible!
If one could travel as the crow flies, it wouldn't be too hard.
We're off highway 49, quite a ways south of Auburn. The last time we went through Auburn, we took 49; which got pretty scary in some areas due to the twisty road, elevation drops and locals driving fast...

3:24 PM  

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