Category Archives: Videography
As soon as we entered Oregon we could tell that this thing was going to be huge. Every car was loaded down, tents and coolers strapped to the roof. The Great American Eclipse, as it was being called, was turning small towns across the nation into giant festivals with fields full of thousands of campers. Several years before, a few farmers near Madras, Oregon had noticed that the eclipse would pass right over their fields. More than 5000 campsites were sold just in those fields, with other farmers hosting similar events nearby. We arrived on Saturday in the evening; the big event to happen Monday morning. The place was already a mad house and I believe we took the last available space, with many more people circling for spots. Solartown was the name of our event and Solarfest was happening in the town a few miles away. We were already super efficient and competent campers so we had ourselves some chuckles at everyone struggling with their new tents. The town was simple with portapotties and free showers, along with a variety of food vendors that we never sampled because of the long lines and our tight budget.
We had fun meeting our neighbors and even got to hang out with our friend from home Kelly, who ended up being camped in the next field over!
We made a short video about our experience so you can get a taste of what it was like. We didn’t actually get a shot of the eclipse happening because we didn’t really try to. We wanted to be fully present. But you can see Solartown and see our reactions to the wonder! We both cried when totality happened. There was nothing that could have prepared us for those moments. If you ever get the chance to witness an eclipse, DO IT!
Here is a long-overdue short video from our travels through Cuba in January 2017. Cuba was one of the countries most devastated by recent hurricanes. They have been largely skipped in the international aid effort and the United States makes it nearly impossible to help them in any way. We are researching ways to help and will report back if we find something legitimate. Please comment if you have any ideas!!!
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One day in Baños, Carrie and I got all pumped up on coffee and eggs for breakfast and then walked downtown to Geotours where we had a deposit down on a “canyoning”, a.k.a. waterfall rappelling adventure. For $30 each we got a half day on the ropes in the mountains southeast of town. They supplied us with all the gear we needed; helmet, wetsuit with jacket, and these dorky cheap shoes. (Why we didn’t just wear our Chacos, I will never know.) Our guide Jose spoke very clearly in Spanish and perfect English as well, but we try to always speak Spanish when we can. So we loaded all the stuff into a friendly town rent-a-truck and headed down the road toward Puyo. We went through two tunnels then made a quick left up a gravel road. There was some kind of a community road repair function going on that we seemed to break up only long enough for our truck to sneak through. We drove up the hill and over an old bridge then stopped at a shack along the ever -diminishing road. There was our changing room, a.k.a. some woman’s house whom we interrupted cooking rice over a fire she had built up against a large boulder. She had a perfect little kitchen set up on that rock, complete with machete.
We changed into our gear then walked up a trail that started across the street. It was kind of steep and awkward, sweating in wetsuits and slipping on the wet rocks in our dorky shoes. After about 20 minutes we could hear the water and made our way to the top of a beautiful series of cascadas. We watched closely as Jose tied up the rope system, hoping someday to mimic it ourselves. After practicing once we put our weight on the ropes and kicked and fell (a controlled fall) down the the first falls. We swung into the falls and held on as the water crashed into our faces. What a thrill! The highest waterfall was over 100 feet and we were able to try some tricks and bounce off the walls a little bit.
A short little clip taken with the waterproof camera:
The entire adventure lasted from around 9:30am until after 1pm. It inclueded lunch for some reason, so when we were dropped off in town Jose walked us to a sandwhich shop and we said goodbye to our personal guide. We had so much fun that now we really want to buy some ropes and go do it ourselves!
So, the eruption of Tungurahua is pretty much calmed down by now (knock on wood). We haven’t had any ash or loud booming for several days, although the volcano is still technically in “active” mode. I think, though, that it’s time to put the Volcano Tracker to rest. It can stay here so it will still be on the website until the end of time, but hopefully we won’t need to update it again!
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The volcano hasn’t made it’s presence felt all day, and we are hoping that it is over!
Friday, December 9, 2011
8pm: No sounds but it did clear up, showing the volcano to still be smoking.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
2pm: Some rumbling can be heard from the side of town close to the volcano.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
2:30 pm. Some small rumbles but only for a few minutes. Very dusty in town.
11am: Still no activity, some ash blowing in town.
9am: Woke to some mild rumbling sometime in the night, but as of now all is quiet and the ash has settled.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
7pm: Volcano has been calm all day, and hopefully will continue in this fashion!
12 NOON: Baños ash making it feel like the Burning Man festival.
11am: the mayor made everyone sweep this morning which made all the dust go down the street and into the air for the next person to sweep and breathe.
10am: volcano almost quiet, Baños still in a thick fog, moderate winds not helping. dust starts to enter our house.
9am: walk to town and find everyone there sweeping off their houses and shops. piles of ash lining the streets and most people wearing surgical masks.
8am: loud rumbles, town is in a haze
7am: wake up, volcano quiet
Monday, December 5, 2011