My wife and I have recently returned from our latest trip to Mexico. We went down with some friends and had a great time together. My basic camera kit came along for the trip as well.
In order to try and pack somewhat light, I brought along the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, Fuji 18-55mm, 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4. While this may seem like a lot, the kit is very compact and rather lightweight all together. The kit, along with a Surface Pro 4, accessories, Velbon Ultra Maxi tripod and other stuff all fit into my backpack as my carry on personal item on the plane. This kit let me shoot essentially everything I needed. Long exposures on the beach at night were no issue and the 18-55mm served well during the day on the beach to prevent changing lenses most often.
My daughter and I had the day off today so we went out for a hike together. She wanted to bring a camera so I let her use my backup with a small prime lens. We loved being out together and exploring in the woods.
The typical winter cold has subsided for a few days and the sun was out instead of the usual gloom of February. My daughter and I went on a short walk through a family member’s field. We stomped around and explored, forgetting that most likely in a few days, the cold would creep back in again.
Every year my wife and I head down to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia so she can attend a work conference and I tag along since the room is comped. Every year I try to find a new and interesting place to hike and explore. This year I read about the Falls of Hills Creek that is in the Monongahela National Forest in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. This is a set of 3 waterfalls that grow in size from 25 feet tall to 45 feet and then the lowest falls are 65 feet tall. The entire trail is only 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot, so it’s an easy hike, but there are a lot of stairs to cover. I got there shortly after sunrise and went to the tallest falls first. There wasn’t too much water coming over, but it was just enough. From there I moved up and eventually found my way to the 2nd waterfall. The first fall was a bit obstructed and I couldn’t get a nice image of it.
The next day of the trip I went to a place more local to the Greenbrier to Blue Bend Recreation Area. It is a small swimming hole in the National Forest as well with some hiking trails. It was mostly closed though from the recent flooding though. Still plenty nice to walk around though.