New Edges For Old Maps

DeLorme Maps

For the most part, I’ve been offline from the Blog for the last week or two, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening in my world.

March was the second snowiest month on record here in Denver, so I’ve been spending a lot of time working on things in my real life, the yard, the house, the toys. There’s been a lot of daydreaming too, mostly of getting back to some semblance of normalcy with the pandemic and such.

Most recently, I’ve been planning and making preparations for my upcoming trip to Dinosaur National Monument and Sandwash Basin in May. I’ll be working with my old friend Jonathan Steele again. It’s been a year and a half since we last traveled together and I’m really looking forward to spending some time on the back roads with him.

Part of that preparation has involved my updating my camera kit, which I believe I’ve completed. I’ve filled in a few of the holes I have with lens selections, added a couple of new camera bodies and reconfigured my gear packs to accommodate different shooting situations. I’ll call that job complete for the most part.

At some point though, I have to put the rubber to the road, and that involves getting my Garmin GPS units updated with current maps. I’ve been using a program called Basecamp, which allows me to manipulate waypoints and routes stored in the portable Sat-Navs. Everything is looking good in that regard. I’ve marked a few points of interest, cleaned out a lot of duplicate and unnecessary waypoints. I’m lean and mean. I’ve also replaced my old, worn out Delorme Atlas’s, which I consider to be a staple of back country navigation and planning in my photography pursuits. My blog tagline “Adventures in Photography From the Edge of the Map” is based on using the DeLorme maps, as it seems that I always end up working in an area that is on the edge of one of these map pages, causing me to have to flip pages to figure out where I’m going to be traveling and working.

The last real logistical thing I need to take care of is updating my laptop computer. I’ve been using a 13 inch MSI gaming laptop for the past 4-5 years and it’s served me well but time to get up to date with the computer. I ordered a Dell XPS 17 laptop, fully loaded with memory and hard drive space and a new 10th generation i9 CPU. 32 Gigs of memory, 6 Terabyte RAID ssd disk drive, really nice touchscreen monitor. That gizmo should be arriving in a few days, so I’ll have something to play with soon as I sit around my office dreaming of upcoming photography trips.

It’s a bit of a limbo time here now though, as I’ve had my first COVID-19 vaccination and will be getting my second shot next week, so mostly I keep hunkering down and waiting to get the immunity cells activated. Not too tough, been doing that for the past year. What’s another week or three of waiting gonna hurt?

Photography wise, I’ve done next to nothing since I’ve returned from Monte Vista. The Sandhill Cranes trip is in the books, the photos are edited and the gear has been cleaned. I keep thinking of the Bob Dylan song lyrics, “The hammer’s on the table and the pitchfork is on the shelf”, meaning I’m about done with repairs and maintenance and ready to start growing again.

All that said, I have three Garmin GPS units sitting here in the office and I only need one. If anyone is interested in buying one from me for pretty cheap, drop me a line. Right now they are cluttering up my desk.