Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Road Trip!


I am getting ready for a 5-day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains with my wife and first-born son, later this month.  The travel itinerary that I have made will take us to both Louisville and Nashville, up to the second highest peak in the Appalachians, to a pond full of salamanders, into a cave that’s been haunted for two hundred years, behind the curtain of a waterfall, and more.

This will be the first adventure where all three of us will have a camera.  I’m excited, and can’t wait to share the pictures!


Here is my packlist for my f-stop Gear Satori EXP:

  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D300
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G
  • ND and Polarizer filters
  • GoPro Hero Session kit
  • Media cards (SD and Compact Flash)
  • Rain gear
  • Manfrotto Mini-Tripod
  • Manfrotto Monopod
  • Slik Tripod
  • Nikon sb600 Flash
  • Nikon su800 Commander
  • Shutter release (corded and remote)
  • Lens cloths
  • Batteries/Chargers
  • Motorola walkie-talkies (short distance)
  • Work gloves
  • Maps and guide book
  • Travel journal/sketchbook
  • Knife/multi-tool and bottle opener
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • Rope and carabiners
  • First aid kit
  • Compass
  • Fire starters
  • Flash light/head light
  • Sleeping bag
  • Dry bag
  • Stuff sack
  • Clothes
  • Rain jacket and lightweight coat
  • Coffee



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