Traveling up the I-5 corridor we were looking forward to getting home to write about all the fun stops we found along the way. Two weeks included our yearly family Christmas in Los Angeles and researching interesting sights along the Interstate. Not only that, we found the desert house used in the “Kill Bill” movie along with many other TV shows. John also checked out the Los Angeles Farmers Market, and Whimsical Alley. Most visitors unless into the fantasy world probably never heard of this fast uprising shop filled with Harry Potter and loved super hero paraphernalia. Its a Big Bang Theory or comic book nerd’s dream adventure. Its so funny, both John and I grew up in Los Angeles but really never ventured out to see the sights there. Guess we were both too busy with friends and life. We have decided its time to get to know the place where we both grew up..
Our trip was perfect until we got home and found the camera I used was triggered to shoot only 300 pixels or a little over 1 inch. That’s tiny. All my photos of off the grid towns, small out of the way restaurants, even over the top Christmas decorations on expensive homes were lost! What really hurt was the Railroad Park Resort where we stayed in Dunsmuir, the tiny photo’s just don’t do the rooms or scenery justice. I’ve been slapping myself upside the head all day for not checking the settings beforehand. Here is where I made my second mistake, I took all the room, food and technical shots myself!!! And, that’s why John is the photographer and I do the writing.
What are my key learning points from all this? Its time to become more technical savvy.
- Before leaving home its a good time to read all manuals on equipment, especially the settings
- Make sure all batteries are charged and ready to go
- Don’t forget battery chargers
- Play around with the new camera before going on assignment
- If I don’t understand the manual find someone who does who can explain it to me (someone with a lot of patience)
- Make sure John takes all the shots I need and never rely on doing them myself
Even though I may have screwed up this trip not all is lost. I will be heading back to Los Angeles again in a week or so and can stop by most places for a redo. In the meantime here are a few of the places we visited along the I-5 corridor. These small pics at least give you an idea of the fun things you can do along the way between Oregon and California.
Hope you have been enticed to read more about our trip coming soon!