New Year, New Gear.

So, remember last year, I said I hoped 2017 would be different? Yeah, well, so much for that. Oh well.

And surprisingly, my numbers were actually down compared to my 2016 numbers. Only a little bit, but down, nonetheless. No one is more surprised than me, considering how much I was on the go in 2017. I guess that just means I have to work harder this year. The good news is that it looks very possible that I’ll hit my goal of 50 million steps by my 5-year Fitbit anniversary in mid-June. I’m at 44.6 million right now, so as long as I keep at it (and don’t get injured), I might just make it. And I’ve continued my streak on my Apple Watch – 800 straight days is just around the corner, and I’m really hoping to hit 1000 straight days, which will be in July-ish.

Down about 800000 steps from last year, and down about 640 miles. Frick.

Down about 800000 steps from last year, and down about 640 miles. Frick.

2018 did start on a high note, however, in the form of a visit from my niece, and a motorbike ride (in really cold temps) and some playing in the woods. Nothing helps with the coolness quotient of a kid than some pics on a motorbike with the (allegedly) “cool” uncle. I think, anyway. It was too cold to ride far, but we at least got some photos for her Tweetbooks and Chatsnaps and whatever else the cool kids are using now.

Cool, I guess. Click for larger.

Cool, I guess. Click for larger.

Following the motorbike ride, some playing in the woods. After seeing my new Jeep back in November, my brother promptly went out and bought one, so we took them both into the woods for a little exploring. No mud this time – the ground was pretty much frozen solid, with temps in the single digits.

Twinks. Click for larger.

Twinks. Click for larger.

The highlight – to the peril of my credit card – wasn’t so much the “Jeepin'”, but the drone activity. My brother brought his drone with him, and got some awesome footage. I’ve been thinking of getting a drone for my adventures, and seeing what they are capable of sealed the deal.

So, I ordered one just like his, because of course I did (so, if you’re keeping score, he bought a Jeep like mine, I bought a drone like his – I guess that should be filed under “Keeping up with the Joneses”). It’s a GoPro Karma, along with the new Hero6 GoPro camera. I have the Hero4, and from what I read, the 6 is dramatically better, so I decided to splurge. What I’m most excited about is the gimbal – I had been wanting one of those anyway, and the drone comes with it. The gimbal should allow me to get much better video on the bike, kayak, whatever, and the 6 also has built-in image stabilization. We’ll see – it’ll be here Monday. As much as I’ve enjoyed my 4 Series GoPro, the 6 is supposed to be leaps and bounds better, so I made the decision that if I was going to film my adventures, I might as well get the best footage I can. Now, the trick will be learning to fly the thing, so my $1000-plus investment doesn’t just fly away the first time I use it. I’ll also have to return to some of my favorite spots to record some drone-based footage – Foster Falls, Lula Lake, Maclellan Island, Edwards Point, etc. Watch this space, and see what happens.
karmaSo, I guess welcome to 2018. I’ll try not to screw this one up – but no promises.

Link:
Motorbike w/ My Niece Photo Album on Facebook