While shutting down my computer on Friday at the end of a long day, something went terribly wrong. It wasn’t obvious what it was, but I just had a gut feeling about it. I thought I better check it out so I delayed my departure and rebooted the machine. Moments into the startup sequence, it shut itself right back down. I tried again. Same outcome. I tried one more time. Same outcome. I had miles to make, so dealing with this at that time wasn’t going to happen. I closed the lid on the notebook and stuffed it into my bag.
What followed throughout the course of the next three days was a series of insufferable experiences. Hour after hour of downloading a new operating system. Hours of system configuration. Hours of copying files. Hours of re-syncing my cloud data from Evernote and Google Drive.
There were a few bright spots. I had access to a CD/DVD drive from my friend Amy who was willing to drop it at my place after her own long journey. I also had a convenient 16Gb flash drive from my father that was used to play several key roles. There was the common sense toolset from Apple that made so much of the recovery a lesson about why their products outshine Microsoft in so many ways. And, there was the comfort of a BackBlaze subscription I had triggered just days earlier for reasons that still elude me.
At the end of this journey, all data has been recovered, most notably my photography from Alaska that was still in the queue to be backed up. The greatest loss was that of my time on a three day weekend. A small price to pay, however, for the ability to move forward without data loss.
It was rainy and I was playing along the railroad tracks. The rain made it the perfect kind of light for photography, and the trains provided targets to practice panning, shutter priority shots. On this day, practice did not make perfect. All the train shots were blurry or had such small focus planes they probably won’t get published.
But as I wandered the tracks and cautiously dodged trains, I did as I always do; I looked all around me, especially up. That’s where I saw this wild looking tree embraced by a near-perfect silhouette of clouds.
I’ve seen this sight so many, many times and I never tire of it! You know you’ve reached a gateway; East to West, West to East matters not. You’ve traveled and have now arrived.
For the camera-crazed, this photo was captured by a little Canon point-and-shoot through the windshield of a car. Pretty cool, right?!
One of the coolest places I’ve ever visited! And on this day, bright and sunny to double the intensity of the experience!