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A flight in and around the Cain Rock Bridge near Alderpoint, CA. Just to the north of the bridge (far side) is the site of the 1914 Golden Spike ceremony. Flight: HSU archived ceremony photos:
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Comment by Mitch Valder on June 19, 2015 at 7:30am

Island Mountain next?

Comment by Emilio Galo on June 18, 2015 at 8:03am

Great video! I didn't know that the railroad bridge was still there until now. 

Comment by Travis Percell on June 17, 2015 at 12:20pm

Gaviota, CA trestle flight from early 2014 (I love railroads along water):

Comment by Mark Drury on June 16, 2015 at 1:03pm

You, sir, are an excellent drone pilot!  Not that I'd really know excellence as I've never flown one myself, but what you did here had to require much practice to make it look so effortless.  And I even liked the music -- know the song well -- though I imagine Youtube may contact you with copyright concerns in the near future (I certainly don't mind, so let it ride!).  Thank you very much for sharing this! Regards,

Mark D.

Comment by Travis Percell on June 15, 2015 at 11:01pm

The walk was 3 miles round trip and took 50 minutes.  I was dropped off at 7am and moved quickly along the right of way.  The first half of the walk was overgrown and there were two washouts, one of which at the half way point required some climbing (the photo I took where the tracks were suspended in mid-air).  The bridge creaked and groaned under my weight, so I left the crossing to my copter.  I did my flight, took pictures, and left.  There was a lot of burned trash mounds, spent ammo, beer containers, paranoid keep out signs, and folks that don't like strangers wondering around, so go early and don't draw attention to yourself.  A pregnant woman I spoke to just down the river was trying to swim and had to leave when a nut job yelled at her for getting in 'his river' and threatened to sick his dogs on her.  Crazies and growers a plenty!  Alderpoint Murder Mountain... how to ruin a beautiful place.

I posted my walking route here:

Comment by Sean Mitchell on June 15, 2015 at 9:10pm

That was incredible! How hard was it to get to this spot in the line? I am so apprehensive to enter the canyon. My goal is Island Mountain. 

Comment by Michael H Harrison on June 14, 2015 at 7:23pm

I like the the first shot where he goes over the bridge at almost locomotive height. it gives a feel like the line is still in service.

Comment by Mitch Valder on June 14, 2015 at 7:14pm

What Richard said!

What a terrific video.  Can't get over how calm and clear the river is.  What a treat.

Well done, sir!

Comment by Richard Todd on June 14, 2015 at 9:45am
Travis, thank you for a great video! And the great photos! For those of us that model the NWP the photos of the terrain are priceless. There are photos of the south end, of the north end, but very little of the "lost" portion north of Willits and south of Scotia. Thank you so much!

Did you have any trouble with the local growers?

Richard Todd

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