Apr 13th 2008
The weather today, turned out much nicer then forecast, but the wind did continue to build on Back Bay was the day wore on. When I was heading out, the winds were probably in the 6 to 8 MPH out of the East, which was great since my plan was to paddle to the East side of Back Bay from Horn Point, and then take advantage of the push home.
The paddle out was fairly uneventful, although I did stop at Porpoise Point long enough to take a couple of pictures, before making the final leg of of the trip out.
Made it to the beach on the West side of Long Island, and I was going to hop out and make a couple of adjustments, seems like either the the left peg in the kayak have slipped, or my left leg has gotten shorter. As I was getting ready to get out, I popped the day hatch to put some stuff away, and I hear the blackberry beeping away. I usually don't answer it on the water, unless it looks important, or I am feeling stupid. So Sunday afternoon, on the water phone rings, etc... I guess it was a little of both. I tried walking them through the issue, and no luck there, so I decided that I was already on track for a paddle of about 7 miles, and I would rather deal with it now, then when I am on the road to Philly. But I did multi-task and took some pictures while waiting for them to figure things out.
Trip back was just a straight forward 3+ mile paddle, with the wind at my back, make things a little easier, but it does reduce the apparent wind dramatically, and I was geared up for a little cooler temps then I was feeling out there, and not having that breeze, get you toasty quick.
Approaching Horn Point I stopped and talked to a couple enjoying their new kayaks, as well as the water, the wind had kicked things up a bit and they were happy trying out their new boats in the calm channel on the back of the facility.
So that brings us to a quandary with title of todays trip, and I am sure that many of you are/were thinking that I dropped the camera in the water. Nope. I was making a trip carrying gear from the kayak to the truck, all the dry bags paddles and loose stuff, and I usually have the Cameras as the inside items, so if I drop something, it is like a bag of snacks or whatever. Well I had transfered the bags from one had to the other, in order to reach for my key, which were not in my pocket, but in one of the bags I was carrying. I had taken one step on to the HARD gravel from the soft mushy grass when this happened, and as it hit, I knew without looking which bag it was that I dropped, and no it was not the snack bag, because of the lovely sound a camera makes as it lands lens first into hard packed gravel. I just kept walking, and I was not thinking happy thoughts, I was hearing that ugly sound over and over again. I opened up the truck looking at the bag laying there in the gravel, and not wanting to have to deal with it, I was have expecting to open up the bag to 3 or 4 pieces of camera, and was pleased when I picked it up that there was not a rattle of loose camera parts. Woo ho camera is in one piece and it is still on and apparently working. Looks like the filter took the brunt of the impact, Looking though the viewfinder there are no visible cracks, getting ready to sing the Happy Happy Joy Joy song, when I try to take a few pictures, I press the button, expecting to see the auto focus work, but no such luck. So I try to manual focus, no luck there either, but at least the body is functioning. When I got home I put the other lens on and the auto focus does work, I am happy, and I am also happy the I purchased the extended warranty when I purchased the Camera, it is supposed to cover everything except fire and theft, we will see how well the deliver.
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