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      11-03-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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A friend and I went for a drive up highway 130 to the Lick Observatory. It's about an 18 mile drive through windy roads all the way up the mountain.



Here's a photo looking down from the top:



The Elise in many ways is the exact opposite of the M3 and I really love it for that. His car doesn't even have traction control. I've ridden in one at an autox event and it's just unreal how planted they feel. If I were going to have a second car to play with, it would be one of these. Just wanted to share a few photos that were taken at the top of the observatory.











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      11-03-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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Wow nice pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      11-03-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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Thank you for showing me that road!!!! (I am in Monterey!)

Nice camera too!!!
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      11-03-2011, 11:53 PM   #4
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Never been up to the observatory but I've heard the drive is awesome. Sweet cars too!
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      11-04-2011, 12:27 AM   #5
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Beautiful pics
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      11-04-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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Those are some very clean pics!
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      11-04-2011, 01:16 AM   #7
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that looks pretty epic
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      11-04-2011, 02:58 AM   #8
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A very nice view. What kind of camera and lens are you using in these photos?
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      11-04-2011, 03:01 AM   #9
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Nice. I too would get a exige if fun factor was all that mattered. But for a dd it would be tough !
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      11-04-2011, 03:42 AM   #10
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Nice pics. More of the M3, please.
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      11-04-2011, 08:03 AM   #11
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damn that looks like so much fun! nice pics
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great pictures! would really like to have a lotus in my garage...
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      11-04-2011, 08:58 AM   #13
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nice pictures and beautiful cars. The route/scene looks fun to take the M for a nice drive
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      11-04-2011, 08:59 AM   #14
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Beautiful shots
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as always nice shots. Looks like an awesome road. how is the traffic on that road in general?
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Wow, great pics and awesome roads! a

In all of Florida there are maybe 4 curves in the road lol
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wut a great route! n awesome pix as usual
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as always nice shots. Looks like an awesome road. how is the traffic on that road in general?
Pretty much empty if you go on a weekday. There are usually a few cyclists to watch out for.
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A very nice view. What kind of camera and lens are you using in these photos?
I would like to know this as well as I am currently in the market for a nice camera!
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Love your pics....always impressive!
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The Elise in many ways is the exact opposite of the M3 and I really love it for that. His car doesn't even have traction control. I've ridden in one at an autox event and it's just unreal how planted they feel. If I were going to have a second car to play with, it would be one of these.

I almost bought an Elise ~2yrs ago - brand new, only a few miles on the clock. Test drove it, and absolutely loved it. The purchase fell through as the dealer (Park Place in Bellevue, WA) refused to negotiate ... would not budge one bit from the price. It was 2wks before Christmas, with snow on the ground (I asked them who buys an Elise in that wether) ... and I had a check for $44K already made out. But still they refused to budge.

...I ended up walking away ... but it allowed me to buy the car I *really* wanted, the M3 (order placed 2 months ago!).
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The roads look awesome. Not much love in FL.
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