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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Any Northern Californians around?

Just wondering if any Nor Cal folks are active on this forum. I've encountered one or two that I know of, but I don't see much going on in this area. The vast majority of the activity I see is focused on Utah/AZ, and the mid-Atlantic area. Come on guys, we have some of the best mountain terrain in the country, I know you guys must be out there! I'd love to meet up and hit some trails sometime. I'm in the Bay Area by the way (Solano county), but I also spend time out in the Grass Valley area somewhat regularly. Willing to make a drive for a fun day though.

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Sorry. No. They all moved to Texas. It's cheaper to live there; or, so I'm told.

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Sorry. No. They all moved to Texas. It's cheaper to live there; or, so I'm told.
Lucky sons of guns. I'd like to move to America someday but I'm stuck in California for now 😝

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Lucky sons of guns. I'd like to move to America someday but I'm stuck in California for now 😝

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The outer bay area is beautiful. When I was stationed at Merced learning how to be a Boom Operator, I took as many trips as I could around California to witness the beauty of The State. Awesome. Nothing like that around here, including Members on The Forum.

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The outer bay area is beautiful. When I was stationed at Merced learning how to be a Boom Operator, I took as many trips as I could around California to witness the beauty of The State. Awesome. Nothing like that around here, including Members on The Forum.
This state is absolutely gorgeous in many places. Completely different types of scenery all within a couple hours. Sometimes I'm overcome with awe, saying to myself "hooooly crap... I can't believe this exists!!"

Not to get too political, but it's the overcrowding and bad government (which go hand in hand, and each lead to a whole bunch of other problems) that make it a crappy place to live IMO.

Merced is quite a way from the bay area, it's a central valley town. If that's what you meant. I live on the northeastern edge of the bay, in a city sorta removed from the huge urban cluster, but at the same time very much a part of it. The bay area sucks, but it's where the jobs are. I'd move to the mountains in a heartbeat if my wife and I could make it work. The bay area climate is arguably the best climate anywhere in the world though, save for the mediterranean. So we've got that going for us, which is nice. Where are you from?

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I was born and raised in Southampton, NY. I left when Hollywood and the dotcom crowd discovered The Hamptons. What is left of my family is still there. All of the potato farms, sweet corn fields and Duck Farms are gone, replaced with condos and huge, ugly houses. Not my cup of tea. Awesome place to grow up in, with both the Peconic Bay and of course the ocean. That is the part I really miss. The Air Force placed me in Indiana. Since I have lived here for 7 years, I am now officially a Hoosier, but still a Yankee in my heart! My ideal place to live would be somewhere near Salt Lake City. There is something about that area that draws me in. But, my wife passed away of Breast Cancer, and I cannot even think of leaving this house. The memories are too close and too real to even consider moving. I love being out on the water. That is my real home. There are plenty of lakes and reservoirs around here to keep me home!

There are two places that I know of around here in which to "off road", but both are 2-3 hours away. And, there are the sand dunes up in Michigan, on the west side of the lower peninsular by Lake Michigan. I took my Hobie Cat out on Lake Michigan a few times. It is so hard for me to believe that this is all fresh water, with no tides!

You are correct in stating the different climates out in California. I drove from the hot central valley (Merced) up to Yosemite, in the snow where 4wd or chains were required. Lucky I was driving my Subaru or I would have never made it to the Park. My final exam in becoming a Boom Operator was refueling a B-52 while flying over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That picture is engrained in the back of my head.

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east bay KL'r here
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east bay KL'r here
You're the guy who was selling your skid plates a while back, right? From Concord if I remember. I'm from Vallejo, work in Pittsburg. Do you ever go off-roading? I've never had any interest in it until recently, but I want to get into it. What kind of KL you have?

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yes sir..... i am in concord. work in richmond.... i have a TH.... havent really off roaded yet, more of a fire road, check out a great view type guy and a mountain biker. i would like to bomb proof it before i consider anything crazy hoping to get the MFC 2.5 lift at some point. did you ever find plates? bummed that i couldnt sell them to you, would have preferred a local pickup.... anyways name is kevin.... good to meet you!
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