Expedition Friday is a weekly dispatch of things I'm reading, thoughts I'm pondering, writing you should read, things to watch, and weekend plans. All are things I've enjoyed and you should as well. As for the weekend plans, It's all about off-road or travel adventure. My hope is the weekend plans area will actually be me, going out and doing these things, instead of just wishing. Thanks for joining me!
Rylo 360 Degree Camera
I still can't get enough of the Rylo 360 camera. The video above is one of my latest. More can be found on this blog post. The editing isn't great yet but it's not hard to learn. At around $500 this is a very affordable way to get into 360 video work. What blows me away about the camera is the sleek design, easy use, and how you edit the footage in their app. The software is quite amazing. My only complaint is the protective "action case" you buy to be able to place the camera out in the elements. The plastic used is very susceptible to scratching, which isn't a quality you want in a protective case. This leads to another amazing aspect about the camera, their customer service. Knowing I love this camera, I ordered a few more spare batteries. While I was doing that, I picked up another action case because of the scratches. I had ordered next day shipping but got an email from customer support that they had to change my shipping method due to not being able to ship via air. They instantly adjusted and refunded my shipping costs. They asked if they could help with anything else so I told them about the scratches. Turns out they know the issue and will soon have repair kits for the parts for sale on their website. In the meantime, they asked if they could send me a repair kit free of charge. Well, yes, please. Love the responsiveness of their support staff and how well they have taken care of me when I need something. Love the product, love the company philosophy!
Mark A. Smith and being Driven by a Dream
Just finished reading and watching this amazing adventure by the father of Jeep Jamboree. We also would most likely not know of the Rubicon Trail, as we know it today, if not for Mark Smith.
In 1978, Mark and a team of other adventure seekers took shipped stock Jeeps to Santiago, Chile. They overlanded their way back to the US, including the roadless area known as the Darien Gap.
"At one point in the flight, I looked around and through, "'My God, what am I leading these people into?' The fear of the unknown, plus the wild stories we'd heard about the Darien, and three doctors saying we may not survive the expedition, didn't help any."
Wonderful book on the history of a large figure in off-roading. Worth getting the book, if you can. Link to a documentary about the trip known as Expediciones De Las Americas.
What I'm Reading Right Now
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.
The Next Adventure (Weekend Edition)
Sadly, no adventure this weekend. Once in a while you have to stay home to go buy outside fixtures at Home Depot. zzzzzzzzzzzz