Roadbook: Dawn Patrols
Today, the racers contest the Queen Stage of this year’s AMGEN Tour of California, but we’re more focused on photography. We overnighted in the town of Agoura Hills, which was once a popular location for Hollywood westerns, and today, we’re heading to Malibu Creek State Park to capture some pictures of our own. The horses, in this case, will be bicycles.
Much of Malibu Creek State Park is comprised of properties once owned by Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, American entertainer Bob Hope and former United States President Ronald Reagan. It has been used in the production of dozens of films and TV series, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Planet of the Apes movie series of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and both the movie and television series M.A.S.H.
The 4:00 a.m. wakeup call feels early, but we need to get ourselves into position before the sun comes up to capitalize on the sunrise light. This is normally the kind of thing you would scout beforehand, because the window of perfect light is pretty narrow, but we have been on the move non-stop. But this is a beautiful location—iconic American West—and we want to capture it.
As the sun begins to light these magical hills, we understand why Hollywood has come here so many times to make movies.
Dawn patrol ain’t easy, but riding in this place as the light begins to sing is totally worth the early morning call.