During the night the smoke from neighboring state’s forest fires moved in around us.
This was the sun coming up through all that smoke.
Once we got it going this morning we took off down the ridge top back to the main road. I followed Marty who is up ahead there.
Marty was up ahead of me and told me the dust off to the right was wild horses he spooked off the hill on the way out.
Mechanicing and blood
Once on the main road Marty couldn’t get his van’s transfer case back in two wheel high so we had to stop while he worked on it. He got it fixed but in the process poked three or four holes in his left arm that we had to take care of.
Once that was all fixed up we were on the main road north up this valley they call Pleasant Valley.
We pulled over here to check the maps and take a break for a bit. Smoky eh. I was trying to stop more often for breaks just because we could.
We drove by this big nice ranch just before turning left onto Spalding Road. Trees really make a place out here.
Road work ahead
They keep most of the main roads in fairly good shape out here. The road crew was fixing a spot here.
We stopped here for lunch and to check the maps to make sure we were headed in the right direction and we were.
We were on the Spalding road which was fairly rough when we saw these antelope.
Spalding Pass road
The road turned out to be four wheel drive. This truck with a man and a woman in it came down from the pass so we figured we could make it. We didn’t see anyone else on the road all day.
After that truck passed the road got steeper and so we put it in four low and crawled over it most of the way.
We passed by more antelope near the top of the pass.
We stopped at the top of the pass to have a look around at the view.
There were some tight spots on the road. This is why I don’t have a nice paint job on the van.
Once we got over the top of the pass we went by this mine on the way down and expected the road to improve and it did.
Tonight’s camp spot
We were setting up a camp spot to get in position to start heading home tomorrow so we wanted to be close to highway 80 but not too close. So we picked this spot to camp, still up in the hills.
Little walk up the road
I wanted to walk out the road we were on a little further so I invited Marty along. He went until the road started to go uphill where he turned back to take it easy at camp and I continued on a half mile or so to some springs were the cows were.
I made it back to camp and we took it easy for the rest of the day resting up.
Tomorrow we will head to Lovelock Nevada to get gas and get some internet and start on our way home. We decided to only go about half way and camp to make the drive a bit easier on us as it’s a long drive home otherwise for older guys. :O)
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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