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November 22, 2015

Leaving for Mexico

I'm getting ready to leave for Mexico tomorrow, so I'm trying to copy all of the files off of my MacBook air again.

Yesterday, I crashed my drone in a big way. It flew into a tree. And I have that video on my Macbook air. So, I want to keep some of my videos. But for the most, I want to copy everything off.

So, first of all, there only seems to be one iPhoto library this time.

File - Switch to Library - and there is only one: iPhoto Library (default).


Last night, I copied a bunch of files over from the MacBook Air to Simon. I now see those in Simon\_2015\Pictures. So, this is a good start.

I have copied almost all of the files and folders off of my MacBook air into the 1 TB external drive. Now, I just have to figure out what to do with my photos in my one iPhoto Library. I think that, instead of copying over the iphoto Library, I should export all of the photos as .JPG files. Otherwise, I don't think that I'd be able to see them in Windows.

I've been trying to get a lot of things taken care of, as it's really a lot when you start thinking about just taking off through a 3rd world country for 3 weeks.

Today, I went out and bought my 2nd drone - another 3DR Solo. The reason is because I crashed my only drone yesterday and broke 3 of the 4 propellers. So, I really just wanted to pick up about a dozen propellers, but this was easier. I just bought another drone exactly like the one I already have (I think). So, I now have 2 drones and 8 propellers. (Each drone comes with 6 propellers, 3 black and 3 silver. I had broken one already. Then I broke 3 more yesterday, so I was down to only 2, I think. Now, I bought 6 more, so I should have 8 propellers, though they might not be 4 black and 4 silver...I dunno.

I also picked up a new camera today. I just wanted a Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM , and I found one for $150 on CraigsList, so I was like...well good enough. But when I got there, the dude game me a Canon EOS 20D, and the Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens, and the battery, and battery charger,and camera strap, etc. So I was like....wow...that was a good deal for $140.

And I'm driving all over down the hill pulling my 3/4 ton M101-A1 army trailer with my KTM990 in the back because there's just too much snow at my house to unload the freaking thing. So I'm down the hill pulling this army trailer with no lights and a tag that says it expired in something like 2011 I think.

Get camera, drone, get hair cut. Come home and find Mark and ask him to help unload the KTM in the snow. But he comes up with a better way to unload it. We use his retaining wall as a loading dock. And it works like a champ. I roll the KTM out in deep snow, but manage to get it into the garage without crashing.

And now, I'm just running like crazy trying to get all of these tasks done before I leave the country because, I've told enough people that I'm going that now I have to go. Or you look like a liar,a fool, or worse.

Like....I've got the stuff that's really important. Once I got the motorcycle, found my passport, and pull several grand out of the bank in cash, I had everything I needed to go. But I want to also make sure I'm on top of my game with GoPro's, Canon cameras, lenses, MacBook, Drones, GPS, etc. Like....these aren't all requirements. These are all nice-to-haves, but It will make the trip a lot better if I can document with cameras and drones and GoPro's, etc.

And I'm digging through all of the things I took on my last trip to Alaska (I've been twice, actually). And I find all of these coins from Canada and it starts your mind racing. Like...I'm really going to do this. I'm going to be dealing in a foreign currency in a day or two.

I'm not supposed to leave the country of course. I should mention that. Have a court date in the morning and I'm not allowed to travel abroad, it seems.

But we'll deal with that when I try to get back into the country. For now, I'm trying to get out.

Fixed my microphone on my iPhone 5S so that it works for dictation.

But first, chores, chores, chores.

Now, to copy my files off of the Garmin Montana GPS:


So, I created a folder on s:\Garmin\2015.gpx. This is a 30 meg file. Now, I want to blow away all of my tracks on the Garmin.

OK. FInally, this guy explained that you can do it in DOS very easily.

So, I went into DOS.
del *.*

There was also a few in g:\garmin\gpx, so I deleted those as well.

OK. Also some in g:\garmin\gpx\current. So, I deleted those as well.

Christ. For the first time ever, I was able to delete my tracks from my Garmin Montana 600. Wow.... that was harder than it should have been.

Now, I'm checking the road conditions. I'd like to go US 285, but it looks dicey in Park County. So, that leaves I-25 and I-70. Both are clear according to this map:


OK. I-70 looks colder than I-25, so I'm taking I-25 south, to I-40 west. I'll go as far as I can go. Maybe I'll make it to Santa Fe. Maybe I'll make it to Phoenix. Who knows?

I finally open up iPhoto and start exporting all of my images onto a 1TB external drive, but it's slow as molasses. It's exporting something insane like 18,346 photos. Then, once they're on the external drive, I'll move them over to the 16 TB NAS.

I move all of the photos off of my CF cards and onto the 16 TB NAS. So, the CF cards are empty, at least.

And I copy the files from the Macbook Air and from the Canon CF cards and from the GoPro MicroSD cards so that you feel as though all your life you've done nothing but move files around the network.

And I've charged all of my Canon camera batteries. And the drones' batteries. And the Drone controller's batteries. And the MacBook Air. And all 3 GoPro's. And the GPS. And the iPhone 5S.

Like, the whole trip seems like all I do is charge electronics. And I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

Posted by Rob Kiser on November 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM


Are you there yet? I have a son (Andrew) in Alamosa, works the evening shift front desk at the Fairfield Inn.

Posted by: Steve on November 23, 2015 at 7:10 PM

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