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    • Today was my 4th time out on the new sled...So much stoke...and, so many parallels to when I bought the Wee-Strom in Alaska around 2005. I had street motorcycles on and off much of my adult life but the perfect storm was as I was trying to develop my photography skill set in stock/adventure/travel I found myself sitting on a Wee-Strom on the dealer's showroom floor. Unpretentious, but, I somehow thought it was sexy as hell. Immediately I was transported to places all over the world in my mind before I even drove out the door. It was soon thereafter I stumbled on ADVRIDER....and, OMG. What I thought was a single divine inspiration it soon be apparent that there were 1000's of adventure freaks just like me looking for unique access that maybe the inexperienced 1500cc V-Twin rider might not seek out.

      As so many people have attested to Baldy's aka @Chris miracle platform, there was this juggle of time from spending freeking hours reading tremendous ride reports from all around the globe to actually riding. Oh, and having to work. Some trip reports seemed absolutely inconceivable and other seemed like your best buddies you had not met yet down the street doing something fresh on their two wheels. Then, the addiction to farkling that was always justified by another hour of reading another trip report. Such a great experience!

      As I started to meet folks in Alaska that wanted to ride together, in our second year it seemed that riders knew that I was always armed with a camera and we were all looking for the stoker shot...thus, I attribute 98% of my enthusiasm to shoot fellow riders as the glue that grew our group that led to our first winter rider group on hand-studded tires at -20below.

      I must mention that I know now Baldy was diluted with requests to qualify to make the proverbial rotating homepage slideshow. I almost feel like putting on my professional resume that I had three shots on the slideshow - But, my riding buddies where more excited if they were the rider in the shot that made the rotation. I mean why else would you get five guys out on a -20below day to ride? hahahah

      Not this shot but another shot was a shot that made the rotation which seemed to justify our efforts for that particular day but it was never enough!

    • So, back to my sled....today, I rode over 80 miles and it was pure bliss. But, all I could reflect on is that even though I have signed up for like 8 PWC forums, they all SUCK donkey butt.

      At any ADV rider gathering, at any given moment, it was undeniable there was some weird addictive balance of knowledge, adventure, anarchy and of course toxic brittney. Guinness Book of Records has no idea that was probably the great thread of all time for ever!

      But, I still feel compelled to give a trip report here as homage to ADV. Even though I was cruising about 40mph most of the day, I was digging the exploration of remote beaches and seeing other watercraft out enjoying the day.

    • I had gone out last weekend with a 19mm lens in my housing but for what I am shooting now it was too much of a wide angle. Today, I was packing a 50mm 1.8. Once I am actually able to meet and ride with some folks I have some ideas of a cool shot while I float in the water and they rooster tail by me in a controlled area.

      But, I did run into these fun gals today and that made all worth it photography-wise.

      BTW...a shout out to Smugmug buying FLIKR.

    • I really see how these sit-down ski's will really open up some adventure travel for me. Here is a little one-minute vid I shot with my Oly TG-5 in slo-mo. How could you not be filled with stoke?

      JUST LIKE those early ADV days!

    • PS...I know CAKE is not full of those wonks from DPREVIEW...but, yes, I know I need to clean my sensor. hahahahah

    • Wow, I've been in and around Lake Mead and Hoover Dam a lot but never knew all the downstream stuff existed, like Willow Beach Marina. Nice pics and video. When visiting Vegas, can you rent a Jetski for a day and explore those places? It sounds like a blast.

    • Yes, you can rent from any of the marinas....they are mostly older sleds....I have never rented from this guy but I have talked to him several times on the phone....seems like a great guy....

      DUDE! If you ever came to town solo or with a crew....I spoke with this guy....I can show up with single trailer, put my sled on a double trailer and an extra rental ski. That could potentially allow up to 6 people out on the water. A total of four would be best. Be a total kick to give you the tour!

    • Well, my self-fulfilling prophecy is already bearing fruit...before I drop the golden eggs...I met some really cool people doing some really fun things on the lake today.

      Even though I am respectful of people's boundaries, sometimes my enthusiasm to get a shot supercedes maybe the normal level of personal space.

      So, as I am out shooting people having fun today, I see these two african-american women and I am really excited! It bums me out that there is not more diversity and especially amongst the african-american community to be involved in watersports.

      In fact, when I was when I was registering my ski trailer at the DMV, I got stuck in the 3-hour hell with this really cute 30-something gal who shared she had a twin sister. I regret I did not try and get her on the ski....but, I found out she did not even know how to swim.

      Anyway, I guess this lady and her daughter are partnered up with some famous XXXXXXL black MMA fighter based here in Vegas. I guess they have a huge yacht parked in the harbor and they spend alot of time here...

      So, I say with enthusiasm..."hey...yay, some african-american ladies on the lake today!!" It seems my expression was perfectly toned and they were totally up for a photo.

    • I had some 3" x 3" cards printed out so as I can introduce myself and intentions...I give that out. This was the first guy I shot when I was heading out...and, older ski but I love the colors and slight bokeh.

    • So, I had already got my 50+ miles in for the day was heading back to the harbor....I saw this young man on a stand-up ski ~~ A much more athletic endeavor. I strike up a quick convo with him and he is up for some shots.

    • He says....hey, you gotta meet Donnie...he races pro....then, all of a sudden this decked out dude comes rippin' over. Such a cool dude but I love the entire geddup....AND, I am sure he has been in plenty of magazines and he is up for some shots and know exactly what I am looking for. I guess he has a reputation for riding really close to the shoreline but I know he knows his rocks and other markers....you might not be impressed, but, I am stoked with this shot...

    • This light was getting perfect to do something over on the other side of the lake sort of by the Hoover Dam which is called Pittman wash....the red rocks and varied colors are not your typical lake backdrop.

    • I guess Donnie rides with a pretty good sized Vegas crew that does some great stuff so I have found my connx for some great summertime shooting....the STOKED CUP is full!