I recently got a Droid Eris through Verizon and love it. I’ve had it about about a month and it does everything in one platform. Its a GPS, Map, Geocaching, hiking, workout tracker, mp3 player and picture/video machine!
I started a discussion on our forums and listed the apps I like/Use the most for the outdoors. Droid Eris
Sounds easy enough, right? So why do so many folks venture out unprepared and under dressed for the conditions they encounter? The fact that hypothermia kills more outdoorsman than all other natural factors combined should get our attention. And by natural factors, I mean things like drowning, snake bites, lighting strikes, bear attacks etc.
Whenever I go outside, it seems like I find something beautiful, if I can only remember to look.
This past Saturday, I tried my hand at something new: kayaking in a group. I used to be pretty handy with a canoe, but it’s been a while. I’ve been borrowing my dad’s kayak periodically, getting out on the river near my home.
We put in at the gazebo in Ives Park, a neighborhood rehabilitation project that covers the ground where Water Street once stood: a domain of seedy bars where students didn’t feel safe to walk at night. Now it’s wide open, with plenty of trees shading the paths made of Potsdam’s famous pink sandstone. We paddled up-river, past islands in the stream, past old quarries long-silent, past Bayside Cemetery, past the remnants of many lives.
We passed this heron resting on an old stone piling that’s barely visible above the waves. Locals build up the pilings each year, constructing Adirondack-style inukshuks that mark the passage of time before falling again into the river.
Maybe it’s thinking about the economy that does this to me, but the heron seems like more than just a bird. I think of him (or her) as a reminder that, though change will always come, life will continue. I wonder whether the loggers who built those stone pilings, who guided felled trees down-stream in peril of their lives, ever knew that they’d one day help a bird to find his dinner.
I took this photo on top of Ampersand Peak this afternoon, in the central High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains near my home in New York.
I liked the way the clouds showed up in the pool of water, and the way the eye loses perspective between the rocks and the distant lakes. If you love fractals the way I do, perhaps this will appeal to you.