The Great GoPro Warranty/Repair Saga of 2015 has [hopefully] reached it’s conclusion, and I’d like to celebrate by posting the video below. This video is dedicated to Chris, Stege, Winn, and Francis with GoPro tech support, who all played integral roles in getting my camera from Asia, to California, and the replacement to Asia again. They all get to share the game ball.
This video was shot during weekend adventures around my little corner of Asia in April and May. The first two parts (starting with the horses and ending with the waterfall) were shot on my roommate Gray’s GoPro, as my replacement still wasn’t here, but I’ve had the new one for about a month and a half without any problems. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I hope yall enjoy watching this video as much as I enjoyed making it during this last little bit of time I have left in Asia (I’ll be in the US in a week [emoji with really big eyes]). You might recognize some familiar faces like my older brother Jay and some yaks.
The past two weekends I’ve found myself high up in the mountains, getting to enjoy the Lord’s creation and the great things that he has for us. The first weekend was camping with a group of men and we had a chance to climb a mountain that was 16,500 feet above sea level, which was an awesome experience.
The second weekend was a trip with classmates to a very beautiful and popular tourist area to contend with the crowds and take lots of pictures.
Besides the mountains, the common thread between the two places was yaks. There were yaks everywhere. On the side of the road, on the mountains, hanging up in stores in town, and on my plate. I had a good time thinking about yaks and telling my friends yak facts that I’d just looked up on my phone.
Like other bovine animals, yaks are herbivores and need to move around in packs eating grass. They’re usually herded by nomadic herders who keep them from overgrazing and destroying their chances for more food.
As we climbed the mountain last weekend, my friend Ben and I followed trails that had been presumably trodden by yaks, thanking them for knowing the best way up the mountain. Along the way, however we kept coming across bones and skulls, often several at a time, indicating that they’d become a meal for something (probably a wolf, bear, or snow leopard). This made for spooky photos, dumb jokes, and kept me coming back to a weird spiritual lesson about community that I think I’ve learned from studying Psalm 23. Continue reading Dead Yaks and Jesus
As I’ve recently alluded to, I spent February travelling in Thailand and Cambodia, and it was incredible trip. My only regret from that whole trip is that my GoPro died just after arriving in Thailand- Click here for that story– and I wasn’t able to use it to take some pictures and videos. In the 1.5 months that the camera worked I really enjoyed learning about filming and editing videos, so I was excited to have some really incredible footage to use to that end.
Those dreams were crushed by technology (probably a good thing as I ended up getting to experience things rather than try to film them), but not after I captured a freakin’ awesome airplane timelapse. Thankfully my friends Matt, Gabe, and Gray had their various pieces of photography/videography equipment. Gray is a super talented videographer and editor and in his free time has been able to edit all of the footage from that time into the video below. Continue reading Holiday Video
A few months ago I promised to post more on here, and I haven’t done that. I know I specifically promised a video from my February travels to Thailand and Cambodia, but it’s with deep regret that I inform you that I didn’t make one of those. Shorty after I landed in Chiang Mai, my gopro (Hero4 Silver in case anyone else has problems) decided that it wouldn’t record in anything other than a bright pink color and only for a few seconds at a time before freezing up. I guess you could say it became an “inaction cam” #dadjokes.
After about a week of trying to reset it and figure out if I could live with the pink, I got in touch with a gentleman on the gopro support team named Francis who took a few weeks to walk me through troubleshooting steps and finally (after my vacation was over) offered to help rectify the problem by offering a new device under their 1 year warranty. The only problem was that I had ship the camera to a facility to California before they’d get me a new camera.
As I’ve noted on here before, I like to keep going, stay on the move, see/do as much as possible, but as a student it can be hard to find the margin to do that. Fortunately, I live in Asia where the dollar is strong, mass transportation is (relatively) easy, and I’ve got >2 months off of school.
I’ve taken advantage of all of these things this month, covering a bunch of ground, doing some awesome (not dumb) things and took my new gopro along for the ride.
I’ll be doing some international travel in February, and will have some opportunities for great footage. Hopefully some of it will be worth posting on here.