There are some times when having a lot of data can be discouraging as well as daunting. This happened when I went to Disney World where I used a camcorder (with a tape) and told myself I would just take still images from the video for photos. In a way this would have been like Apple Live Photos where I could take the “shot” at any time. I don’t recall when that was, but I still have the tapes and never made a photo album. Sadly I never looked at the footage after.
A friend taught me in the last few years to stop taking so many photos and just make memories in my head so that I can enjoy the experience and not have my face in the viewfinder the whole time. Though those who take photos with a tablet….do look a little odd, but they do create a TV for those behind them so as not totally blocking the view.
So when I went to The Netherlands with my mother for my 40th birthday I told myself no photos. This time though instead of holding a video camera, I mounted my GOPro on my bike helmet and recorded the entire trip. Well, I didn’t quite have enough memory cards to capture the entire bike trip in 1080p.
I ended up with approximately 240GB of video with each 12 minute segment around 2GB each. I planned to share it with the others on the trip, but the longer I put it off, the less priority it took and at some point I had given up since the expectation to have shared the videos had passed. I didn’t have then, nor do I now, have enough storage space online to host all of the video clips which covered all of the time we were moving on the 6 days of biking during the trip.
Additionally after not having a functional website for 3 years, I decided to simplify it by not hosting a separate photo gallery and DVD catalog, which I at the time would take requests to let friends borrow from my extensive movie collection. I opted to save on hosting and go with just a WordPress site.
So here is the blog and here is a link to the videos page: https://jasonclock.com/videos/
I posted videos of some interesting parts of the trip which include bicycle infrastructure, navigational mistakes, animal life, and of course windmills and ferries! I have a bad habit of yelling “Ricola” in tunnels and well, there was a great opportunity so that video is posted as well 🙂 Hint: Day 6 video 1.
So I took 3305 and have narrowed it down to 409 photos of fauna. I have about 100 photos of flora to upload shortly.
South African Safari
No Sales Tax!
After paying 10% tax on food in DC, it was so nice to not pay any sales tax at restaurants or retail stores. There is only property tax which seemed pretty cheap looking at the houses for sale and tax estimates. One strange thing with the tax is that asphalt and concrete surfaces are considered “livable space” and are taxed. This is why there were so many gravel driveways, or driveways that were partly paved and then gravel to the road.
One of my favorite spots for ice cream sundaes, I had not seen them outside of NY on the way down to DC and was so happy to see on in Rehoboth! The first time I was there, I had a 5 scoop sundae with 2 scoops cookie dough, 2 cookies and cream, one mint chocolate chip with Reeces Pieces and extra peanut butter topping 🙂 Yum!
Outlet Malls..Even QVC?!
So I don’t go shopping for clothes much, but if I had a tax free outlet mall a few minutes away….I might not keep underwear for as many years 🙂 Just kidding, I order those online. LOL Granted I do have some restraint when shopping. I typically shop the sales rack in the stores so not only do I get clothes that were popular a few years ago which are no longer making them unique, but I save around 75% that way. For example I got a pair of Khaki’s which were a little tight, but for $2.98 from Banana Republic, what a deal! Polo shirts… $9.99 the next trip.
QVC Outlet? Yeah, there is one. It seems to be returns / discontinued items only, but was cool going through the stuff. Since I have never ordered from QVC, it was interesting seeing the quality or lack thereof of the products. If it seems to be to good to be true….it is!
No Helmet Law for Mopeds?
Perhaps they were just kids not abiding by the law, but I saw many without any helmets on. I have heard that many states don’t require helmets, but you would think that since they move fast with traffic that you would want to wear one.
- Shared turn / Bike Lanes on major routes
- Signed no bikes or skateboards on sidewalks
Based on the number of Anti-Obama shirts for sale, one can gather 🙂
2.5 Scenic Hours from DC
While I may never be able to own a house in Rehoboth Beach, it is only a few hours a way on mostly back roads / small highways which seemed to pass the time.
Our friends from upstate NY wanted to visit the Capitol, but we did not get passes for a tour, so we decided to check out the new visitor center. We huffed it around the back side of the U. S. Capitol and entered through the new underground entrance. You can tell over $400 million was spent, and the exhibits were great. While not allowed to take photos for some reason, the exhibits were very well done. While lacking an interactive quality, the use of LCD screens to highlight milestones in legislation, the model of capital hill development and Capital Complex was really cool. From farmland, to grassless land, the transformation was remarkable. We unfortunately got ejected before we had time to explore the entire exhibit, so be sure to give atleast an hour and come before 3 pm if you want to catch a tour. It is best to get a reserved ticket, and last tour leaves at 3:20 so come early.