When I woke up yesterday, I had determined that I needed to focus on one goal, I was way too Scattered.
I decided to go for a trail run. After flipping through 60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Atlanta, I opted to go with the only run I'd actually done before, #59 Sweetwater Nongame Wildlife Trails.
I also wanted to test a couple of wearable, point-of--view cameras I have. One is the V.I.O. which I've had for several years now. I've used it once and have been frustrated by its complexities on numerous occasions. I've read great reviews on the product and it does seem to be pretty amazing, if I were to devote the smallest effort to using it, alas I want my gadgets to be super easy and super user friendly, that is my flaw, not the products.
After struggling again with the chest harness for the V.I.O., I gave up and turned to my new toy the GoPro HD Hero 2. It seemed so simple to use, it had to be too good to be true.
I was beginning to get upset that I couldn't get out of the house and out for a run. Finally I collected my techno-gadgets; an Iphone, the GoPro, a Sony Walkman, my Olympus digital camera, the Fitbit, somehow I still managed to forget my Garmin-Forerunner 305, leaving me with only 2 GPS devices to track my mileage. At least I would have 3 digital camera devices and 2 MP3 players with me. (I listened to music for all of 30 seconds, opting for the rain, the forest, and the sound of my footsteps)
I slipped on my Vibram 5 Fingers and headed out to go and be at peace in nature.
I decided to leave the GoPro and its funny-looking headstrap mount in the car and just go for a run and do the "field-test" and photo-ops later.
I did however need to download the Nike+GPS app for my Iphone since I forget the Garmin watch. I'm glad I did, it actually is pretty cool and only this morning am I realizing how much information it tracked the day before.
Seriously click here and check it out.
Finally, I was on the trail, running.
FYI, I did not have the map you see here. In fact I had never seen that map before today when I downloaded it for this blog post. I could have used it yesterday.
I didn't notice the white arrow indicating the trail I had planned on taking.
I would loop back to this point and again miss the obvious trail marker and then to compound this error I would head up a different trail
After studying the map today I realize that I had ended up on a Forest Management Rd that led me to a "Gravel/Unpaved Road" that dead-ended at a Staff Residence and well then I managed to find an unmarked path that led to no path.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
When I first got to the park there were several signs mentioning the tree-clearing that was in progress and to be aware of heavy equipment.
During my run I had thought about several of my friends that are training for the upcoming Georgia Tuff Mudder. The terrain with its many stairs and hills and rock scrambles was already an ideal training run for the event, throw in the rain and things only got better.
But then I found mud, lots of it.
After slogging through the mud, luckily avoiding going knee deep in the stuff or worse, I continued on until I past aforementioned residence and then also aforementioned dead-end.
I took a small trail that led to what looked like a deer blind, and then the trail ended. So of course I turned around and retraced my steps to see where I went off-course.
Of course I didn't do that.
That would be sensible. Instead I continued on until I was deep in the woods with no trail in sight. I tried to Google Map my location. It worked sort of. It showed that I was definitely in the middle of nowhere with no roads anywhere nearby.
My GPS was telling me in no uncertain terms that I was in fact lost.
I've been lost in the woods before, this was nothing new to me.
I was after all lost in Yosemite in the back country, by myself when I was the tender age of 6, but that's another story.
Don't panic, head in one direction and hope for the best.
I saw three beautiful deer and decided to follow them, sort of..
After around 15 minutes of being disoriented I found a trail and made my way back to the car.
I have seen these tree clearing machines on TV but never in person. Incredibly efficient, however unsettling to my core for some reason.
I grabbed the GoPro from the car and set off, running here and there when I felt like it, taking a lot of pictures and of course trying out the new toy.
I neglected to wipe off the lens forgetting the obvious effects of the rain.
Here's one short clip. I'm going to play around with editing and such later.