Parental/Kid warning: Not a good day so I’ll delete the bad words and replace them with a star (*). Parents, you can insert whatever word you want in there. Kids, when you see a star yell out “He Swore!” as loud as you can.
So I got up this morning not loving the desert overly much but determined to push through and see Las Vegas. Drove for a while and saw an IN-N-OUT Burger sign so in I went and came out with a pretty good burger and home-style fries. Man it was crowded. I think everybody from LA was fearing the freeway closure so they went to Vegas for the weekend. Because of the crowds there I was debating if I should go to the strip and battle more crowds or just keep on trucking. (Hold on, we’re getting to the good part.) I finished my food and took a few shots around the parking lot and of the crowd inside, refilled my drink for the road and went out to get a couple shots of the building on the other side of the freeway. Took my first and only shot of the buildings and my * * camera died of heat stroke. The * mirro locked up and would not come down. That answered that * question. Guess I’m hitting the road to get some wind blowing to cool down the camera and me.
When the camera cooled down a little it turned on but the mirror kept opening and closing. I had remembered it doing that once before but I didn’t remember if I did something or if it just stopped.
Got checked into my motel in Ontario (California not Canada) and started to download the pics and find a firmware update to see if that helped. While I was unloading the pics the mirror continued to flip up and down.
To do the firmware update I had to copy a file to the CF card using a card reader. When I took the card out and put a different card in the mirror stopped flipping. Did the firmware update anyway since I had 1.0.2 and the new one was 1.0.8. Camera seems to be OK again and the point of this story is I don’t like the desert and I’m glad I had a backup camera. The Rebel isn’t quite as good as the 50D but he has saved my * a few times, plus he was my first digital SLR so I’ll always love him. He took the blurry(not his fault, I zoomed way in on a wider pic) shark shot and the alien shot from Baker.
In LA now getting rested up for my birthday on the beach tomorrow. When I’m done at the beach I’ll be heading out of town on the way east. No more west on this trip unless it’s slightly north-west to get to a stop.
Forgot to mention yesterday was the half way mark in both days and kilometers. Day 15 and just over 9,000 kms. Tomorrow we will hit the 10,000 km milestone and I’ll take a picture for y’all. Two days of worrying, let’s hope the rest of the trip is all good eventfulness.
Now go to bed, it’s after 10:00 on the east coast. Unless you’re reading this in the morning, then you should probably get to work… or the kids should get outside and enjoy the sunshine/rain. Miss you all.