The Camera Gear Dilemma
Every time I get ready to go on a trip that requires air travel I worry about the gear. I don't trust checking luggage containing my camera gear. Too risky. That means I must carry it on. I have a large rolling bag that fits under the seat if not in the upper bins, but if I must put it there my knees are closer to my nose than the floor. On a recent trip to Chile I had to do this. Not on the Chilean Airline (Latam) mind you, but on the small United jet that carried me from Houston to ABQ.
This past Memorial Day weekend was memorable for us. We visited the Vietnam War Memorial and Eagle Nest and took Foxy on her first long trip. There were a number of firsts:
There were disappointments as well. We bought a hummingbird feeder and placed it on the window. We were hearing hummers everywhere. One buzzed the feeder but did not stop.
The previous day while hiking I was startled by a male broadtail hummingbird who flew almost into my face and hovered in striking distance of my right eye. He then flew at my head and I could feel his bill as he probed each of the three vent holes in my red cap. Then as quickly as he had joined us he flew away (presumably in disgust).
The other disappointment was the notably poor trail markings on the various hikes in Cimarron Canyon. There were signs that marked trailheads but no information about length, elevation gain, or anything else. We blundered onto a couple of trails but lost our way and had to turn back. Disappointing, especially since we were required to pay a $5 fee each day for the privilege.
Took the bikes on a nice trail along the lake, though, home to many prairie dogs who announced our presence in sequence as we rode along down the path.
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