Yesterday was car inspection day. We have a car and a truck that both need to get inspected annually. A few years back, I decided to get them looked at in the same month, so things would be easier and I’d remember when that month was. For some reason or another, I thought that April was appropriate because spring would be in full swing and the weather would be fine. Well, unfortunately, I miscalculated because in April around these parts, while the weather is fairly decent, the towns have yet to grade the dirt roads. And ungraded roads after a long winter means potholes. If you have ever lived anywhere dirt roads and potholes exist, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Some of these things are so big you might just lose a car in them.
Locals plan their trips around the roads in this area and if you know what you’re doing, you’ll avoid certain areas. We don’t know what we’re doing and we like adventure, so we took pretty much all dirt roads to the inspection site. While I did very well in the car and only hit one pothole, Laura did much better in the truck. She had it easy because the truck’s tires are made for potholes. It eats them for breakfast. I actually prefer to drive the truck this time of year and leave the car behind, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to talk about the roads or the potholes; it’s to talk about the waterfall we stopped at on the way home. Just a few miles from where we live is the one and only Mosher Hill Falls of Farmington, Maine. I actually took photos of these falls a while back. You can view them here. Unfortunately, every single one of the photos I took yesterday was completely awful. They were all blurry, except for one. I guess I’m still working out the focus operation of my new Canon T7i. Here’s the good photo. It’s of a hole in a tree. Good thing I got this or there would be no photos at all for this post.
I’d say that’s a pretty good photo.
Oh wait, I just stole some of Laura’s photos. She always takes better ones than I do, so here are a few of them.
The real surprise from yesterday was how good the video I took came out. This camera of mine really rocks with video. I didn’t even think of taking any until we began walking down the trail, but when I did remember, I took it almost the whole way through. I wanted to test out the auto-focus capabilities (which are awesome), the zoom and I also wanted to practice walking as steadily as possible. While the auto-focus part is pretty much settled, I need to really get a handle on the zoom and the steady walking. It was a real chore to try to keep the camera steady and walk through the snow and ice with my Crocs on. They felt like slippers and about half way through this video, you can hear me yelp as I slid down part of the hill. Good thing I didn’t end up in the water.
We also walked down the wrong side of the stream, so we couldn’t cross over to see the falls from below. That’s where the good view is. Next time, which will probably be in just a few short weeks, we’ll walk down the proper side of the stream and I’ll get some nice photos and video for you then. In the meantime, enjoy what I have today. It’s completely uncut and it’s everything I took. Be sure to notice when I walk on the side of the cliff. It was awfully scary, but that’s why they say my middle name is “Danger.”
Also, if you’re reading this post via email, you’ll need to click through to the post itself. Video doesn’t show up in email for some reason. And if you’re watching the video in the post, you might want to click to enlarge it. I captured it in high-def, so it’s really clear. Enjoy!
UPDATE: We went back to the falls on May 9, 2018 and I took some pretty decent photos. Instead of writing an entirely new post just to show the photos, I decided to add them here. Check them out below.
Also, check out the new video I took the same day I captured the above photos.