In July 2014 we traveled to Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine on our summer vacation. We trailered our kayaks with us hoping to hit several lakes on our journey through New England. We’ve been to Chocorura lake in Tamworh, NH before but never kayaked it. This would be our first stop on our trip to paddle. Chocorura lake is a small lake of only 222 acres and is quaintly nestled below the 3,478′ Mount Chocorura.
With our kayaks unloaded and final preparations being made I discovered I totally forgot my paddle! Yes we had drove hundreds of miles to this pristine place and I forgot my paddle. I was upset to say the least. Anyhow Julie and the boys launched and I just watched form the shoreline. Later that evening we had arrived in Lincoln, NH and I was able to purchase a new paddle for the remainder of our vacation.
Four years ago to the date the boys and I were on our annual guys trip to Vermont. It has been a standing tradition that we always stop at Long Trail Brewing for lunch on our journey. This morning we embarked on yet another annual guys trip.
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We recently have just come off our summer vacation. I think this was one of my favorite vacations to date. We rarely get the opportunity to visit with Julie’s family as they live far away. Rather than blah, blah, blah about what we did while on vacation I’m going with a different approach. I think you’ll be able to travel right along with us via postcards from our 2,737 mile journey. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Stepping back in time 31 years to a family experience in the Adirondacks. I can’t remember if this was on the Hudson River or the Sacandaga River?
Top left is my dad with my sister tucked in behind him followed by myself. In front left is my uncle Ralph and his son Anthony. Behind Anthony is my other uncle Pat. Next to the woman with the paddle is my aunt Lorraine and my mother is in the back of the boat behind woman with the paddle. I do recall not listening to my uncle about the foot straps and I was promptly ejected from the boat in the first set of rapids. It was a great family vacation…
Another memory from this trip was coming home I was riding with my uncle Ralph, aunt Lorraine and Anthony. I remember saying to my uncle I had to go to the bathroom. He responded by handing me a Pepsi bottle… Again fun times and great memories.
The start of the hike is a deceptively easy walk in the woods, but fairly soon you come to the steepest section where you climb a widely eroded trail up onto the top of the descending ridge.
Soon after you begin to top out you come to the first of several intermediate view points. After that the trail follows the spine of the ridge with a few minor ups and downs. This ridge top trail is over bed rock much of the way, and portions of that bed rock are relatively pointed little ridgettes with less that a foot wide path on the top. For those who find this psychologically uncomfortable, there are herd paths down in the woods by which you can skirt the most challenging sections.
The Rondaxe Fire Tower, located on the summit, has been restored so that you can climb up for the best views. The summit area is open, quite long and can easily accommodate a large number of hikers. Don’t expect to be alone during this nearly two mile round trip hike, as it is a very popular hike. There are fantastic views from the fire tower, but also from the many view points along the trail. You don’t need to climb the fire tower to enjoy the views. (Taken from www.alltrails.com)
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I began shooting slide film around 1990 but most of the images I made at this point were mostly captured on print film, something I regret. I didn’t really begin to convert solely to slide film until early 1992 and have been shooting it ever since. I’ll admit that in 2005 I was intrigued by the digital camera and purchased my first DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. I enjoyed it and made some great images with it as well. I loved the instant gratification of viewing the picture immediately. I also liked the fact that outside the camera and flash card there was no additional cost of film purchase and processing. I vowed to never shoot another roll of film again.
That vow would only last about 6 months before I found myself lacking in something I craved the most. A tangible asset. I would go on to own more DSLR camera bodies as well as film bodies. I spent several years arguing the film vs. digital argument only to realize that it all boils down to preference and what your goals are. There is room in my camera bag for both film and digital.
Our world moves at the speed of now and that is why I carry a DSLR with me most of the time. News happens at a moments notice!
A passion of mine is to preserve history and I choose to do my preservation through photography. No matter the subject matter or the camera you use every click of the shutter captures a moment in time, a piece of our history and for me that is most important. Over the past 24 years I have been documenting my career mostly on film but I do have several hundred images made with a digital camera. I have also been documenting our family as well which is 90% slide film and 10% digital. Without an actual physical count I’d have to estimate my family slide collection hovers somewhere near 8,000 images of which only half have been filed. I just received another 216 slides the other day from the holidays.
Another reason I still shoot slide film is because of monetary value. Collectors want originals. I’ve sold older slides from my collection on Ebay for some serious amounts of money. As a matter of fact I know people who do it for a living. They buy slide collections and break them up. This is both sad and fascinating as well. I’ve slowly been acquiring slides that I hope to flip in the near future but only time will tell.
Since Kodak has exited the slide film market entirely there are only several choices left in which to buy it. Agfa Photo has recently restarted its slide film business and I’m glad because I love the stuff compared to Fuji’s. Its comes done to personal choice. Also Kodak does not process film anymore and most film (Print) is either processed in house at local photo labs or stores like Walmart or CVS. Slide film processing is only done at a handful of locations around the United States with the most popular being Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
Although those yellow Kodak boxes of joy that came in the mail are no longer I still get excited for those Red, White & Blue boxes from Dwayne’s!