This is my best attempt at documenting a fun hike we took. We set out from Old Bank a neighborhood on the west end of Bastimentos island in Bocas Del Toro Panama. We walked a mile to a beach called Wizard Beach (AKA First Beach). We walked down Wizard Beach and through some jungle to reach Red Frog Beach.
Here are some photographs of the journey. If you’re interested in a video, that will be visible after the photographs.
The above video is my submission to the Roses are Rad 2019 film festival. This is my second year submitting a film to the event.
The video I submitted last year took second place.
With this years video, I decided to take out all the talking and the extra map drawing stuff. My theory is that the judges might appreciate the pure powder riding.
This is in contrast to my video from last year, which was attempting to do a bit of story telling.
This video was shot over the course of many excellent ski days. My sisters are probably the stars of the show as they took the time to go skiing with me quite often. I would often make short videos of specific days which I would add to instagram and to this blog (here).
Technical Production Notes
The video was shot with the GoPro7 almost exclusively. I had trouble with it initially because no video editing software that I use can work with the 240 fps files that are outputted by the GoPro7. The stabilization at 60 fps is just as good as the GoPro6. For that reason, I don’t see anything that makes the 7 better than the 6. If I were buying a new GoPro today, I would save some money and get the 6.
The music is by a group called Glitch Mob. The song is called Drink the Sea. I clipped it in places to the song exactly three minutes long. The specifications for the competition require that the submission is between one and three minutes.
Just another day on the hill.
Thank you for watching.
This was a learn your new camera day for me and I don’t like what I learned.
GoPro7 advertises that it has 240 frames per second which seemed awesome to me. Unfortunatly, none of my three video editing suites (Adobe Premiere CS6, Screenflow nor OpenShot Video Editor) could read these files. So yeah. Big loss on the GoPro7. I’m unsure that it has anything over the GoPro6. Indeed, the wasted time means I wish I still had had that GoPro6….
Alas, I’ll keep experimenting….
Thanks to Leslie for going riding with me.
I previously posted a short photo essay of our walk around the Luxembourg Gardens.
Later that week we visited a Parisian frame maker where he demonstrated his process for creating antique looking frames.
The last thing I made relating to our time in Paris was a one minute video which I posted to Instagram. Click here if you’d like to watch.
Montezuma Costa Rica is a bohemian town on a beach on the Nicoya Peninsula. It has a great combination of excellent adventures, fast internet a cool town and proximity to adventure. This blog details some of the things we loved on this visit to Montezuma Costa Rica.
Horseback Riding in Montezuma Costa Rica
We rode from the town of Montezuma Costa Rica, across Playa Grande to a freshwater waterfall which falls from a cliff into the ocean. Here is D-Red and V asking for a hug in the waterfall.
We went with a tour company called Cabo Blanco Travelers. We found them by speaking to Rodger behind the desk in downtown Montezuma. Rodger is great. He speaks Spanish and English very well. He is honest and has a real desire to help people have a great time in Montezuma. I’d go back to him to get travel to and from Montezuma and to book anything else could need while in that pretty little beach town.
Henry is the guide for the horseback ride. He is an excellent horseman. Though he doesn’t speak much English, he knows horses very well. He has a lot of love for his herd.
Hotel Lucy – Montezuma Costa Rica
Hotel Lucy is a simple hotel and that is why I love it. It’s right on the water and it’s just far enough out of town so that you don’t hear any noise at night. It’s also close enough that I could run back to the hotel from town for anything we forgot. The run took about 10 minutes for me to run from town to Hotel Lucy.
Another great thing about Hotel Lucy is that it is a very short walk to the Free Waterfalls.
When the tide comes in, it’s quite loud. I did awake to the sound of waves quite often. That is actually the best way to be woken up.
This place is very simple. It’s hot. We didn’t have air conditioning but we did have a fan which kept us relatively cool in the evening. They provide a single sheet which is exactly what you need in the early morning.
This place is easy to check into and it’s often not booked full as they have no website or online booking operation. Coming to this hotel is an excellent way to have a Costa Rican adventure.
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Updated September 12th, 2017
Essentially, we have this plus an extra panel:
But I’m not 100% confident about that. Also, I’m not sure if I recomend this solar system yet.
It seems to be working fine for small loads at this time but I can’t say for certain that I think it’s a great system.
Basically, I don’t know anyone who knows about solar so I just had to buy stuff and plug it together. We’re still parked under a tree so we haven’t had the chance to give it a great test.
It’s working fine for lights, charging power tool batteries and fans. If we try to run the refrigerator on solar AC power right now, I find the system can’t keep up.
But again, we’re parked under a tree in the forest. If we were parked in a place that doesn’t have shadows from trees or clouds (ideally a empty Nevada desert), I bet we would have dramatically better results.
Solar power is really cool when it works. I’ve got battery powered tools and I can charge all of them using my solar kit. I’m cutting wood and drilling holes and cutting metal with solar power nowadays. It’s kinda awesome.