Baby Animal Trip 1
The first thing I should say is that I am so not a morning person. This trip was more like work and not so much like a vacation. There were a number of reasons for this. The first being the not a morning person thing. You see, the best time to photograph things is at dawn and at dusk. This trip happened in June - the same month as the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Translation, I had to get up at 5 AM everyday! Really, really, really not a morning person.
Another problem was that I just got a digital camera this spring. I did not think I would like using a digital camera but I have not used my film camera since I got it. I really love it, but it still sort of freaks me out. I like having a slide I can touch when I am finished. Only having a digital file that can disappear with a hard drive crash is unnerving. I have two laptops. The oldest one is very light weight and easy to take on a trip. It is also very slow. The newest is huge. I wanted something I could play games on when I was traveling by car. With the power supply it has to weigh at least 12 pounds. Carrying all my camera equipment and 12 pounds of computer equipment on a plane just seemed to daunting a task. So, I took the old, light, slow computer. Big mistake. I forgot the old computer only had USB 1. It took over an hour to download my 2 GB card to my laptop. I also bought a USB DVD recorder so that I would have a backup in case the hard drive failed. Once I downloaded the files from the camera to the laptop it took another hour to burn the files to a DVD. I shot way more pictures with the digital camera than I would have with film. In 4 days I shot around 2500 pictures. Every minute that I wasn't shooting or sleeping I was transferring files. I was getting about 6 hours of sleep a night. By the end of the trip all I wanted was 8 continuous hours of sleep.
The animals, however, were wonderful. Baby animals are just adorable.
We stayed in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is 90 miles away from Yellowstone, which I discovered about two days before the trip. Sometimes it pays to look at a map and see where you are going. If I had realized it sooner I would have taken a few extra days to see Yellowstone. It was too much hassle to change all of my plans that late in the game.
Would I do this again? Absolutely. It was wonderful even if I had to get up early. However, I will have a better computer next time.
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