Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lifetime Hobbies Club Trail Camera Trip

This last Friday, July 22, Katie (our theater teacher) and I took two members of the Lifetime Hobbies Club on a hike in the Uinta Mountains. Our purpose was to do some maintenance on a trail camera I’ve had on a tree for several months. It’s motion sensitive and takes a photo of anything that walks by. I’d been told that bears sometimes eat trail cameras, so I bought a metal security box to put on the camera, and I figured it was probably about time to change batteries and to swap out memory cards so we could see what animals we’d gotten photos of.

We had a great hike into the camera site, but unfortunately found we were too late with the security box. The camera was gone – somehow removed from the cable lock that held it to the tree - either chewed off by a bear or cut off by some mean-spirited person.

While we were sad about the missing camera we still had a great hike and enjoyed our time in nature. One of the highlights of the trip was when Katie and I both felt like we were in the opening scene from “The Sound of Music”. When when we mentioned it Brian started spinning around just like in the movie, while we sang the opening lines of “The Hills Are Alive”. It was also fun being led on an adventure through some thick vegetation by Joe. It really felt like we were jungle explorers.

We’re hoping to go back with another trail camera and put it in a more remote location -with a security box and cable lock. The previous camera got photos of bears, moose, elk, cougars, and other animals. - Chad

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