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It's a dirty job, but somebody loves to do it! | by SW23CT (CamsDigitalCanvas.com)
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It's a dirty job, but somebody loves to do it!

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yesterday i took my girl on a road trip. had no idea where the destination was, i just knew i wanted to go far. while driving the HWY 33 N from Ojai somewhere just after the 62 mile marker at 5,260 ft elevation, we came to a huge opening at the top of a mountain only to find the entire valley engulfed in what looked like a white wall of rain mixed with lightning striking the bottom of the valley as well as some of the surrounding mountains. and on top of that were LARGE patches of sunshine and blue skies. And then suddenly this beat up rugged and trustworthy car rolls up and the driver asks me to take a picture of his car, claiming to have just gone through a mud flood 3 feet high with a car that he is known for never allowing to get dirty. at first i thought maybe the mud was from driving behind a semi, but then i got back on the road to head back and saw a motorcycle driver with literally his entire bike covered in mud and himself completely covered up to his chest in mud. He had to drag and push his bike through the mud which was obviously a little over 3 feet high. and just to make things that much worse, we found out that the white wall was in fact hail, the darker blue wall was the rain. as much as i wanted to chase the storm with my camera into the night, my girlfriend was already kind enough to sit in the car with me driving that road for 4 hours, so i took her home and treated her to pizza and smoothies. one of the best days off i've had in a long time! now im just praying we get some of that lightning over here in Camarillo tonight =D

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Taken on October 2, 2010