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Old 11-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wonderful photo.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wonderful photo.
Thanks, it's easy with awesome places like that nearby. After I was done it was SO hard to leave, just sitting there watching the stars come out. That is serenity.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've just noticed your location....where was this taken, up around the June Lake/Mammoth area??
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've just noticed your location....where was this taken, up around the June Lake/Mammoth area??
That was in Lassen National Park. If you're interested I have an ongoing ride report on another forum with this ride as well as others that follow this serenity theme that has come into my riding. I'd be glad to PM you a link, but I'm kind of new around here and don't want to spam threads.
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You can't see the bike in this photo, but trust me, it's right behind me. I really enjoy mixing photography with my riding as it gives me even more of an excuse to just stop and enjoy a scene for awhile. Stuff like this is spiritual for me, no one within miles having a scene like this all to myself. For these moments everything is right. While these moments are unfortunately not sustainable all of the time, their memory and hope for more get me through the tough times.

Beautiful scenery and stunningly magnificent!

We have beautiful scenery over here in the UK just on a smaller scale.

Also, for those of us in colder climes, there is SAD to cope with as well (if we are afflicted by it).

Here in the UK I find the almost continuous rain unbearable at times.

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Paradoxically, I think most times for most people it involves losing themselves. You know, looking out beyond themselves, whether that beyond is God, a mountain, other people, what have you..........
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Serenity:

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One of your best Lefty.
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Awesome photo mountain man! Where is that?
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We have beautiful scenery over here in the UK just on a smaller scale.


Here in the UK I find the almost continuous rain unbearable at times.

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Yeah, I believe you can find beautiful scenery everywhere...it's just different


Don't have to worry about the rain so much around here


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Awesome photo mountain man! Where is that?
Lassen National Park
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I love to stop in the middle of the desert, shut off the engine, stand still and listen. I still do that, but the deep tranquility I once felt in that hasn't happened in 27 years because of Spinal Tap level tinnitus and other fun head problems. So, motorcycling, music, exercise and prescription drugs. I don't mean drugged out or sht-faced, but there are times when nothing will calm me internally.

This is what I imagine on a cold, rainy day: Lying on the beach. Seagulls, waves, children playing. Body warmed by the sun, muscles relaxed after a swim. In the moment, not thinking, only experiencing. Drift off to sleep...

I'd bottle that feeling if I could. The key phrase, there, is "in the moment." Casper's poster says it. You have to do what you need to do to jettison all the garbage that swirls around in your head and has nothing to do with anything. I suppose you could say, ride as many miles as it takes to get there.
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