X1 Road Trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park

by Bimmerfest.com Member - ItsEd on August 4, 2013, 10:21 pm
So I decided to head up to Lassen Volcanic National Park this last Saturday. It is not a well known or visited park compared to others, but it is still worth a look if you live out here or are visiting northern California.

First thing though, was to get the X1 nice and clean for the upcoming road trip. Friday I got it all shined up and vacuumed so I stopped at the water for a "before" picture (and a beer at the nearby pub!)

BMW X1 road trip
20130802-_DSC0253 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I was on the road at 6, and stopped for breakfast at Vacaville California, where I-505 peels off 80 to head north to I-5. Leaving town, I was treated to a sight of hot air balloons out for a morning flight.
BMW X1 road trip
20130803-AQ4E0962 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

From there it's about a 2 hour slag up 505 and 5 which is pretty boring. Finally at Red Bluff, I turned off the freeway onto CA 36 east, toward the park. (BTW, Hwy 36 west, between Red Bluff and Fortuna is 140 miles of two lane twisty bliss! One of the best motorcycle or sports car roads in the state!). It's still a bit boring at first, but at least there was little traffic

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0287 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I did find a trail head that made for a good photo op though.
BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0297 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0294 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Once you start climbing, the road and the scenery get way more entertaining
BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0302 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0312 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0318 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

After about 3 and a half hours, (including breakfast and gas stops) I got to the park entrance.

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0321 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0326 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Being a national park, the speed limit is 35 in most places, but the road is still a pretty fun drive, and there is lots to pull off to see, including Sulphur Works, which used to be a commercial effort
BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0359 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0350 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0377 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0379 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0375BW by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0386 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0402 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0443 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0490 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0390 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0454 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0450 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0474 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0477 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

All in all, it was a fun day. As time was tight, I had to go back the way I came, but this could easily be part of a bigger road trip. As much as this trip was to have fun with the Bimmer, I was also trying out a new camera, so with a few exceptions, these shots were all taken with a Sony Nex 6, and I am very happy with the way it performed. So until the next road trip…..

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-_DSC0480 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BMW X1 road trip
20130803-IMG_8582 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


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16 responses to X1 Road Trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park

P3CIFT commented:
August 4, 2013, 11:21 pm

VERY nice. Great photography, great auto.
I will be taking a road trip in late September from Washington state out to Door County Wisconsin and back. Looking forward to giving my 2014 a good shakedown cruise.
gcrofton commented:
August 5, 2013, 12:57 am

What is the color of your X1? Is it Deep Sea Blue, Mineral Gray or another color? I can't tell from the pictures, but it looks great! By the way, great route to show off the new bummer.
3drockz commented:
August 5, 2013, 1:02 am

Great pics! If you have the lighting package, make sure daylight running lights are turned on so you see the cool white rings in photos
3drockz commented:
August 5, 2013, 1:02 am

Its mineral grey... btw, what lens did you use?
bptsull commented:
August 5, 2013, 9:43 am

Another epic trip, thanks for contributing again!
stonex1 commented:
August 5, 2013, 12:28 pm

Wicked dude!
Great photos, love the last one with the water.
ItsEd commented:
August 5, 2013, 10:00 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3drockz View Post
Great pics! If you have the lighting package, make sure daylight running lights are turned on so you see the cool white rings in photos
I have done that for other pics, and will again. This last trip I was by myself though, and wasn't taking up a whole lot of time at every stop to set up everything perfectly.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3drockz View Post
Its mineral grey... btw, what lens did you use?
I used the only two lenses I have for this camera, the kit lens, 16-50 F3.5-5.6, and the Sigma 30 F2.8 prime. The Sigma is a steal at 300 bucks for the image quality it produces.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bptsull View Post
Another epic trip, thanks for contributing again!
Thanks! I enjoy the hell out of driving this car!

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Originally Posted by stonex1 View Post
Wicked dude!
Great photos, love the last one with the water.
Thanks! Lassen is underrated. I only spent a couple of hours there, but when I have more time, I will got back and with all my camera gear in tow. Hopefully in the spring when there is more snow on the peaks.
Mtpisgah commented:
August 6, 2013, 10:43 pm

Great pictures. All we have had this summer in SC is rain.
nbercasio commented:
September 5, 2013, 12:34 pm

Great car, trip and nice photos. What settings did you used not to get a blown out clouds? Is it the camera features or you did apply post processing?
yiliuer commented:
September 5, 2013, 4:10 pm

great car and great photos. Thanks for sharing
SilverX3 commented:
September 5, 2013, 5:50 pm

far king hell

look beautiful

Both car and the scenery look so devine
ItsEd commented:
September 5, 2013, 8:52 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by nbercasio View Post
Great car, trip and nice photos. What settings did you used not to get a blown out clouds? Is it the camera features or you did apply post processing?
Thanks! Most of these shots were with my new Sony Nex6 which does a really good job of metering right off the bat. One of the advantages of the electronic viewfinder is you can "pre-chimp" more or less and what you see is what you get before you take the shot, so you can apply exposure compensation before you take the shot.

That being said, most of the time, I just had it on my "generic" picture mode of Aperture Priority, F8 and ISO 200 to keep the shutter speed reasonably fast, as I tend to shoot on the fly a lot. Some of the static car shots are more like f2.8 at ISO 100 to get that nice shallow depth of field. I only have the kit lens and one prime for the camera but it worked out really well.

If you click on any of the photos and open them on Flickr, you can see the EXIF info for each shot as to what camera, lens and settings used etc.
Normcat commented:
September 5, 2013, 8:54 pm

Great pictures and a beautiful place. I've only seen it from a distance
2013x1 commented:
September 5, 2013, 10:24 pm

Fantastic pictures! Especially nice to include the historical marker about the highway history! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed it.
namelessman commented:
September 6, 2013, 1:54 pm

Great pics, some should be in X1 sales brochure. Thanks for sharing.
mrboost commented:
October 4, 2013, 9:53 pm

As others above have said, great pictures. Well done !!