Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Records matter…

25th February 2024

Records matter...

The last time that I tried writing an extensive trip report from a while ago, I found myself struggling to recall details. That is the trouble when you leave things for too long. Thankfully, having plenty of photos does help, even if trying to manage too many has its own drawbacks. Viewing them all is one thing, and then there are the tasks of picking out the best for sharing with others and pre-processing the images as well.

It might that having plenty of video footage would help even more, but I have my qualms about intruding on the privacy of others; after all, no one goes for a walk to be in a video recorded by another person who they do not even know. Like working your way through too many photos, you also have to spend time watching the footage as well. Thus, it may not be the panacea that it appears to be at first. Then, editing footage and creating video for internet broadcast is another time-consuming effort altogether.

The ultimate solution would be to take notes like the professionals must do. However, is that taking what is an activity pursued for enjoyment a little too far? That has got in the way of my journaling as I go, and I am not a diary person. Part of the solution is to note brief descriptions in the upcoming trip reports page, and I am inclined to put out some brief reports just after a return as well. The best solution, of course, is to write up the detailed descriptions when everything is fresh in my mind, something that has been faltering in the last few years. Well, they do say that blogging needs motivation…

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