Last week, Laura and I decided it was high time to go upstate to look for moose. So far, since we arrived in Maine, she saw one and I…well, I saw nothing. The most I’ve seen were some moose tracks during a hike we went on. Not that the moose tracks weren’t exciting and all, but you and I know they aren’t the same as seeing a real moose.
As I was asking around about the best places to find moose in Maine, a friend who lives up in Kingfield mentioned that if we went to Stratton, drove through the town and then made a left on Rt.16, we’d see all sorts of moose. This really is a story for another time because this post isn’t about moose at all. It’s about my new GoPro camera and how I took a bunch of video the day we drove upstate. To cover the moose topic though – we made the left, drove about an 1/8 of a mile and made a right into a parking area the town uses to store salt for the roads. I heard moose like to lick the salt. I got out of the car and looked over a snow bank and saw about a zillion moose tracks. There’s a swamp that spans both sides of the road and I swear, if we drove by at 7pm in the summer, we’d probably see about ten moose. Of course, we were there at noon, so we didn’t see any.
Back to Wire Bridge. I took some video of our trip. I have to say, the GoPro really does offer some nice quality. The only issue is that the lens is really wide angle, so it captures a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. I mounted the camera on the dashboard pretty far up towards the windshield and still, the dashboard takes up half the video. The camera has no viewfinder, so you have to kind of wing it when taking video like this. There was another version of the camera that cost a few more hundred dollars that offered WiFi so you can connect (live) to a tablet or something, but I wasn’t ready for that. This will have to do for a while. In future videos, I plan to use my suction cup mount to hold the camera way up at the top of the windshield. That will be much better and I’ll have to do less apologizing. I have about five videos to post over the next few days, so please excuse the windshield. It was either post them and give you a glimpse of Maine or not post them at all. Since the sun was shining and it was a nice trip, I decided to post them.
Crossing Wire Bridge in New Portland, Maine