It doesn’t take long to stop and enjoy what you happen to enjoy in life. It’s really only stopping for five minutes and taking in what’s around you. I don’t take my camera out of the bag enough; I’m guilty of looking straight down the road and only focusing on the destination as of late when I should be taking time to enjoy the journey.
There’s so much to see and I forget sometimes that I have to work for a living; I am a husband and father, and those come first. And I like my job and love my family.
But what I do, not best and not what I enjoy most, what’s at my core and gives me peace and alone time is this:
Just wandering and exploring and watching the revival of this and destruction of that. I’m an observer; I keep the record so that others might see what we were and what we are to become.
I started the day with the sun to my back which is odd; usually, I’m headed in to work being blinded by it.
Nope. Today we head off to the mountains for a couple of days. I had to take off the trash and get some things sorted before we left.
We spent the better part of our day travelling to where we’re staying.
The original plan was to hit Graveyard Fields and hike out to the Upper Falls. But it’s hot and we were tired.
The road takes it out of ya.
Here. Showered. Rested. Time to go out and forage for grub.
We ended up going over the mountain and into Tennessee to find supper. We’ve never been in Gatlinburg in the evening. It was actually kind of pleasant. Not a lot of people, still hot though. Did a little window shopping, stopped by the tobacco store and then took the ride back. Just spending time together.
Back in the valley and I wanted to do something I’ve never really had the chance to do with the kids, and that’s to get some night shots. She is supportive of my hobbies like photography and this blog. BUT, when it comes to chilly, she would go with me, but she doesn’t wanna.
Back at Route 19 Inn, there are many nostalgic pieces to go with the theme of the place. I’ll add more pics later, but I saw this tonight.
I love exploring, especially abandoned places or places that nature has reclaimed. I can’t remember not having a camera and, as it is today, you don’t really go anywhere without one. Some do, but the majority of the country (US) has some type of phone with the capability to take a picture. Be it a flip phone or a smart phone, chances are you have one. You may even be reading this on it now.
I do have a Canon DSLR that I rarely use anymore. I depend on my iPhone 11 Pro for most of the pics I take while I’m out. Handy and smaller than taking a ton of gear with me.
And then…I have a couple of drones, ranging in size and capability.
First and smallest is the DJI Tello. I bought it because Walmart dropped it to $25 on a clearance sale over a year ago. And I was interested in learning to fly drones. I wanted that birds eye view.
Honestly it’s a capable little selfie drone. It takes great pics. The video is choppy if you get any real elevation. This is because the video is recorded directly back to your phone via WiFi so your range is limited. It only gets about 13 minutes flight time on a battery. So it’s very limited. But fun to fly.
Next up is the Yuneec Breeze. Yep, another Walmart discount that I picked up for half of its original selling price.
Not as limited as the Tello and has about the same flight time. Seriously great stills and good video. You can purchase it stand alone or as a bundle if you can still find one for sale. It’s a great flyer and not too bulky in the pack. So it’s good to carry along with you on a hike.
I just had a birthday and the wife and kids bought me a DJI Mavic Mini and I am a little blown away.
GREAT pics and vids. Smooth operation and an ABSOLUTE joy to fly. It had a learning curve coming from the previous two drones to this but I got the hang of it fairly quickly. Thirty minute flight time and it folds up into a neat little package. Add in the remote and it’s fairly awesome. This will be my go to wandering drone.
All this plus the GoPros and I’m all set. I’ll write on those later.
Links have been provided if you want to check out any of these drones. – Seegars.