“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Whenever I visit a new place, I love to just explore the area where I am at. I love checking out the different sites and capturing them on my camera. One of my favorite things to do is grab my camera and just wander to see what I will find. Some of my favorite photos I took while just walking around a new place. I do this often when we visit different campgrounds when we travel. We try to stay at campgrounds that have hiking trails and different places to see just by walking from our camp site.
Last spring, we visited a campground in an area called Golden Valley, North Carolina. The campground we were staying at featured a stream that ran through the park, a lake, and several hiking trails. The camp site we were staying at was right by the stream. Mornings were the best because I would make myself a cup of coffee, and then open the window to listen to the water go by in the creek. The campground had this one trail that went straight up this hill. I rode my bike over to the trailhead, and I headed up hill. When I arrived at the top, I was amazed at the view from there. I stayed up there for a while before I started taking pictures. Once I finished enjoying the view I started to head back. I saw a path that seemed to lead back to where I started, and I thought it would be quicker. I went down the path, and when it ended, I realized that I had no idea where I was. I pulled my phone, and fortunately I had cell service and a charged battery. I was able to look at the map app, and figure out where I parked my bike at. The hike was long, but the view was totally worth it.
One thing that was really helpful on this hike was my sling camera bag. It is small and light enough to make it easy to go on those long hikes with. It also holds a lot of your gear too, I am able to fit my camera, two lenses, a mini-tripod, filters, an extra memory card, and extra camera batteries. It’s the perfect size for a large amount of gear, and it’s not too heavy. Click here to check it out.