Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cousin getting married today

Apparently the second most stressful thing you can do at a wedding is film it. I was the videographer today for my cousin Brittany's wedding here in Anchorage, Alaska.

It was nice to stay in a real house last night, and especially to sleep in a real bed. My camping gear is holding up well, but this is a nice change of pace. I'm carrying a couple of super light REI sleeping bags now, but back at the end of high school when I was planning winter expeditions through Alaska I got a completely ridiculous Cabela's XPG bag rated to 40 below zero. The thing weighs almost four pounds by itself and - no joke - compresses down to a stuff sack that is bigger than the stuff sack for my entire tent and rainfly. That's how we do things in Alaska, my friends.

I've kept it around 1) for the humor value of pulling it out when it is 104° F at 80% humidity in Austin, TX, and 2), because I'm planning some sort of winter crazyness in either Fairbanks, Alaska or more likely Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. It's been a long time since I've seen the northern lights, and with my photo equipment these days I think I'll be able to get some great shots.

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