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Lake Tahoe California by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Taken by
Dennis vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Explore score
0.34 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 23, 2011
Date taken
Jun 19, 2011

The last Gigapan of the road trip from Pennsylvania to California came a day after the Tetons at Lake Tahoe. After leaving the Tetons we passed through Idaho Falls then crossed down in to northern Nevada. We drove as far as we could before spending the night in a hotel near a small town called Battle Mountain.

Northern Nevada was the vastest region we passed through on the trip. It was very sparsely populated and there were few roads that stemmed from the highway. If I were an alien and wanted to visit the United States I would have landed my ship in Nevada as well…

Seeing Lake Tahoe meant that the road trip was almost over. We were there long enough to eat lunch and realize that Tahoe was a place worth visiting again.
All in all we drove 3300 miles to get from Allentown, PA to Chico, CA. It was a good trip and one that I would like to do again.

When we got to Chico on Sunday night we hadn’t yet found an apartment to live in so we stayed in a hotel. The next morning we drove to the Butte County Cooperative Extension building in Oroville where our office and lab is located. We introduced ourselves to most of the staff and then began unpacking boxes that we had mailed to the office two weeks prior to leaving Pennsylvania (Thanks Katie and Joe).

By Monday afternoon we had found an apartment but couldn’t move in until Tuesday. So Rob and I opted to stay at a campground 15 miles from the office at Lake Oroville. We bought our fishing licenses at a local Wal-Mart and planned to do some fishing at the lake for an hour or two before the sun went down. By the time we left the Wal-Mart and started searching for a campsite I think we had both hit the travel wall. We were tired, hot, hungry, and desperate to get out of the car. We tried to do some fishing when we got to the lake but neither of us had the energy or the patience.

After leaving the lake shore we went to our campsite where we thought we could have a fire and then call it an early night. When we got to the site we noticed a sign that said that there was no wood gathering allowed at the campground and that you could buy wood from the camp host for $6 a bundle. I have never paid for fire wood or been to a campground where you weren’t allowed to gather wood for a fire. So Rob and I spent the night swatting mosquitoes. They were terrible for the two hours before the sun went down and I think the smoke from a fire would have really helped keep the bugs at bay but both of us refused to pay for fire wood.

Once the sun set the bugs retreated allowing us to enjoy a few hours of cool, insect free air…
It’s been nearly a week since we moved into our apartment and we are slowly getting settled.

Mike Andree

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1564 (Windows)
Panorama size: 343 megapixels (35392 x 9692 pixels)
Input images: 208 (26 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 114.7 degrees wide by 31.4 degrees high (top=14.6, bottom=-16.8)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0597 c2=-0.00209
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-06-19 14:58:10 - 2011-06-19 15:12:54
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.0004
ISO: 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 70.2 to 74.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 71.9 to 74.0 percent
Computer stats: 3509.84 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 49:53 (14 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 7:42, Projection: 8:57, Blending: 33:14
(Preview finished in 42:27)

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