It was still raining a bit when I got it going today, but it was turning to light showers.
My brother Tom has a lot of stuff in his freezers and vegetables he has to keep cold so we got the generator going this morning as there still was no power and no one said when we’d get it back.
Go for a ride
That seemed like the thing to do today, so I hopped on the bike and rode on up in the hills to have a look around to see what the storm did.
I rode up to the overlook. Town people are likely getting ready for the river to flood, which it is supposed to do soon.
For this area, it wasn’t the rain that did much damage, but the strong winds knocked a lot of trees down. This road has a lot of small fir tree branches down on it.
There weren’t a lot of larger trees down but this one stopped me and I couldn’t get by, so I turned around and tried another way.
But the other way had some trees down on it too, so I went over to see how this trail faired.
Looks pretty good with just a bunch of small stuff on it.
I was going down the road and making a turn onto another road when this redwood limb got in my way and I had no time to avoid it. The problem is if you hit one sideways, the wheel slips out and you go down as I did. Things sometimes just happen too fast.
I wasn’t going fast but the bike just tipped over on my leg and I were pinned a bit.
The bike had my foot pinned under it and the hot muffler was on it, but at least I wasn’t getting burned, thanks to my shoes.
Now, older bodies don’t like this kind of stuff much and it takes a bit of time to get it together, aches and pains, you know. After about a minute or so, I was able to get my leg out from under the bike and stand up.
Now, I had to get the bike back up, hurting body and all, but I did it.
I continued on down to a trail above the waterfall and checked it out for damage. The trail was fine.
I decided I needed a chainsaw, so I headed for home to get one, down this trail, but I had to stop to get some redwood sticks off the trail. Not taking any more chances as I hurt enough already.
I had to ride over this, but I’ll be back to get it with the chainsaw.
I put the saw on the quad runner and rode on up into the hills and started with this one.
Next was this one which took some time as it was a bigger mess.
My back was starting to scream as I got to work on this mess.
I could barely move after getting this one off the road.
I headed for home after that one, but had to stop three more times to cut smaller stuff up. It got fairly dark on me before I made it home.
Still no power and still no phone, so no internet, but I use my brother’s cable.
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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