|Autumn travel and safety
|Text and Photography by Mark LaMonica
|Autumn is a great time of year ! The bugs are going away :) and the countryside is
filled with wonderful color. While all of this is good news to us cold weather types, we
need to be in a different mindset about how we get around and take pictures. This is
one of the biggest hunting seasons and we need to be aware of where we are. Blaze
orange is the rule for hunters, although it isn't a guarantee of safety. Getting around
on rural roads with leaves can be just like driving on snow !, so make sure you are
well aware of your vehicles ability to get you in and out without any problems. Rain is
a wonderful color enhancer and with that, you must go back to the whole traction
thing while driving on leaves. If you don't have a weather resistant professional
camera, you can use a large golf umbrella like this Nikon one. It not only keeps your
camera protected and easy to use, it also keeps you dry too.
This particular location is remote, so I made sure I had a full tank of gas before I got
here and I frequently check cell service to make sure if I have a problem and need to
call for help, I have "way points" along the way where I checked for service and how
strong the signal strength is. Camping gear and basic medical supplies are part of
my location gear too, if I get stuck or find a place I want
When traveling in areas you are not familiar with, it's always a good idea to have
maps with you and I strongly suggest not relying on you cell phone for mapping, you
would be better off with a GPS unit that has maps already downloaded into the
memory. Remember, you can't always depend on having a cell signal. Being properly
prepared and having common sense, you can enjoy your Autumn adventures.
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