I was taking my usual after-dinner ride after dark. I was traveling eastbound on a one-way street and I noticed what looked like a small camera bag on the ground. I turned around and was a salmon for about 20 feet to get back to it. I picked it up and noticed that the car it was next to had the dome light on.
A guy in an upstairs apartment yelled at me about riding the wrong way on a one-way street. I explained to him that I was originally going the right way but I found something in the road and backtracked to pick it up. Without telling him what I found, I pointed to the SUV and asked him if it was his car. He said no. He kept calling me "bro" until I finally told him I was a female (see, I hate my damn deep voice!). He brought up the one-way street thing again and I reassured him I was leaving in the correct direction.
I went down the street to a well-lit area to check the camera bag for any identifying information so I could track down the owner. I turned it on and started looking at pictures to see if I could find any that would at least give me a clue where to start looking. After about five pictures I thought to myself "f this, I'm going back to the car. I'll hang around the area for a while and if I don't see anyone walk up to it, I'll leave a note saying I found something by the car and to please call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX".
When I got back there the apartment guy saw me and told me someone walked up to the car and got something out of it. He told me he tried to tell him someone found something by it, but the guy didn't hear him. I hung around for about 30 seconds and I saw a guy come out of another apartment complex two houses away. He walked up to the car and I asked him if he lost a camera. He said yes and mentioned that it was in a red bag. I told him where I found it and he thanked me profusely, telling me "my wife would kill me" if he lost it for good. He said it had pictures of his baby grandson on it, etc.
By then the apartment guy had joined us, and after the other guy secured his camera and left, we had a long conversation about all kinds of cool stuff, including some Sacramento history.
We parted company and I finished my ride just before it started raining again. All in all, a good night