August has been a great month as I have been on my favorite river twice this month. I went on a Wisconsin River canoe and camping trip with my dad in early August and last weekend went on a similar trip with fellow guides from Friends of the Chicago River. Both trips were almost identical in the fact that they were breezy on Saturday and then followed by a strong wind on Sunday, but this just added to the adventure.
Many Wisconsin River trips in my past
I have been canoeing and camping on the Wisconsin River for over 30 years, and in those years, I have probably done 50 perhaps more trips. We used to canoe the river every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day with sometimes a Columbus Day thrown in. My dad was a teacher, so we took advantage of those long summer weekends. There were a few years in there where we did not go on any trips, especially when I was in college in Tennessee, but there were not many.
Since I started blogging over five years ago, I have been on the trip many times. Each time I have canoed, I have written a post about the river or at least a photo essay. Unless something strange or unusual happens, like it did last year with the bad etiquette episode, I did not think I would have anything new to blog about; however, with each trip, I seem to add new technology, so I capture the river in a new way each time I upgrade my devices.
Read past Wisconsin River blog entries
Paddle the Wisconsin River for the best river camping in the Midwest
Another Wisconsin River photo essay
Muscoda to Boscobel – A perfect day trip on the Wisconsin River
Then of course there is the famous in certain circles bad etiquette experience:
Bad etiquette camping on the Wisconsin River
This year it was the GoPro video camera. At the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail earlier this year, I was given a GoPro Hero4 and was told to go out and share. They do not need to tell me this twice. I have been looking forward to some Wisconsin River GoPro action ever since I received it.
Wisconsin River GoPro time lapse video
My favorite feature is the time lapse video option. It is great for catching activity like canoeing and also just general things like setting up camp, clouds moving, sunsets, and the river flowing. I took several videos of the sunset and clouds as well as a time lapse of the full moon rising one day after the blue moon in early August. The moon came up right over the river. See the last video below. It was amazing.
I also took a night lapse series of photos, but unfortunately, I am having GoPro Studio editing woes, so I am unable to share the moon night lapse at this time. However, I do have a time lapse video of it, which I think is pretty cool, but not as outstanding as the night lapse option.
I am also uploading a few still shots I took with the time lapse photo option. This is great for capturing action and for selfies or pictures with other people. There is a lot of functionality in the GoPro that I have not even tapped into, so I am look forward to years of fun playing with this device and years of Wisconsin River GoPro action.
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Ted, these are great! My favorite has to be setting up camp, just because it’s fun to see everything go so quickly. I kind of dread setting up camp and this made it look fun 😉
I also love the music in the first one and the cloud formations as well. I really must get myself a GroPro.
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I always set up camp with a beer or a flask of whiskey within reach. It makes the task a little more bearable.
Great videos, Ted! I think you have a bright future in Hollywood. 🙂
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Perhaps follywood 🙂
Very impressive! The videos of the moving clouds are really cool! I love that kind of videos and I am planning on buying a good video camera so I can make that kind of lapse videos from moving clouds, sun rise and sun sets, growing plants or blooming flowers. GoPro cameras are really great and they give you a lot of freedom. Thank you for sharing your videos! The river looks great! 🙂
I am obsessed with the GoPro camera as you can tell.
Really cool range of videos, shows off the versatilty of the go pro – one to add to my shopping list 🙂
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You definitely should Fiona. They are a lot of fun to use.
we can borrow this gopro next time we see you, yes?
Sure thing Lazy Travelers. We should do a time lapse #RWTBEX 🙂
My son is so obsessed with the time lapse on my iPhone. If he was older than third grade maybe I’d be more willing to invest in a GoPro. But everyone wants videos these days and this is a great addition to your arsenal of storytelling.
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Definitely is a great tool and a lot of fun to use.
Ooooh, I like the cloud formation video. Pretty! I also like happy hour on the river bank. Just sayin’.
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Every hour is happy hour on the Wisconsin River.