|Upper Lakes Kananaskis 2016|
Ok, I know, I haven't been doing much writing lately. You're thinking .... "WTF ya been up to?" Well, believe it or not us gimps get busy some times.
As I'm writing this we are getting our 1st dump of snow (ick) and it is only October 9! I'm not ready for this stuff, and might have to use my degree in power-whining to see if that helps. Anyhow, with Radio Margaritaville in the background I'll think happy thoughts and recap some of the fun.
|Burning Off Altitude|
Then there was camping, what a hoot. Early in the summer we camped southern Alberta with friends Joe and Sue. Waterton Lakes area was amazing,so many fantastic mountain and lake views. Terry and Sue are avid photographers and geocachers, Joe and I are really good followers. Since Joe is a Newfie, he had an unfair advantage when it came to happy hour and I took a distant second place ... training will begin sooner next year. The girls and
Then there was Fathers' Day. I have been so good (just ask me) that my wife and kids got me a 360 camera. It takes 360 pictures that you can scroll around ... I'd love to post them here, but of course they don't @#$%-en work on my blog ... cheapo me. But you can see what they're like here:
In the summer I was playing with my mostest-favoritest-toy in the world, my Phantom 2 drone ... and crashed. :( A post-mortem determined extensive gimbal and camera damage, and the crash report revealed a catastrophic failure of a $.02 wire between a motor and speed-control resulting in $1000 damage due to loss of control, but no collateral damage to the civilian population. I summoned the top drone-surgeons available at the time, and instructed the technician how to delicately 'tweak' the gimbal back into place. A test flight resulted in more tweaking, and we set forth to do so.
"Just grab it about there with those pliers and reef on it, harder ... harder ..." instructs I.
|Drone Crash - Mechanical Prob - Not Pilot Error Eh|
"No, this way we will know when it makes a connection." Insists I.
"Turn it off, turn it off!" Exclaims yours truly.
Big cloud of smoke ensues. Much scrambling and running follows. We all know what a full lipo battery can do! Long story short we let the smoke out of quite a few circuit boards and wires (smoke is factory-installed in electric components ... can't be purchased aftermarket, apparently installation is difficult). We successfully made a huge problem out of a minor one ... again, mission accomplished. So now I have spent most of the summer farting around trying to get my old Phantom 2 going, without success. What a freaking waste of time.Time to implement Plan B, major whining. After several months I think my wife finally got tired of hearing the things we were trying to do to get this damn thing working again, and tired of picking up parts at the post office that we would replace only to find out there was other stuff not working. Problem was solved a week ago with a simple cha-ching, and for my Birthday I received a receipt for a new Mavic Pro drone on order, and now a lot of the old crap is on eBay for someone else to fart around with until they get it fixed! (Just call me the squeaky wheel).
The DJI Store is a man's DeBeers ... "Drones ... that'll shut'm up!"
|Joe, myself, and|
|Paddle Full :)|
|Paddle Empty :(|
|On Sulphur Mountain With Jim and Sheila|
Anyhow that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Will check in later!