Vol XIX – #240 – Crash!

Report #3740 Photo: LR_11-30-19

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8:19am6:33pm EDT
Feels like: 27°F
Wind: 8mph NW
Humidity: 74%
Pressure: 30.16"Hg
UV index: 0
Vol XIX – #239 - Holly Pop!
Vol XIX – #241 - Oh No - More Snow!!

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As goes with motorcycles, so goes with drones. It’s not if you will crash it, it’s WHEN. I was all set up for an epic low altitude shore run of North and South beaches when I lost communication with the drone and it continued it’s errant course into the hillside. Luckily, I still had GPS communication and could locate it 20ft up the hillside hanging on a branch with just a single propeller broken. I guess it could have been worse, it didn’t get dunked, but I did have to wade through almost waist deep Lake Michigan water to get to it because of the high water levels!20191130 113827

But wet and freezing or not, I will not pass up a photo of dinner-plate-sized Petosky stones20191130 11471120191130 11454820191130 115020

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Took a trip over to East Leland for a Christmas tree for the deck at Kolarik’s Tree Farm.


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10 months ago

Great pics! Unlucky you lost the signal, lucky you didn’t loose the drone! Unlucky you hadn’t your chest waders randomly on?

Dick, in Rankin
Dick, in Rankin
10 months ago

Sorry for your loss, Jim . At least it did not go into the lake, If you can get any consolation from that.

You did come up with some interesting pix, though.

Donna McNally
Donna McNally
10 months ago

These photos are beautiful of the Petoskey Stones…sorry you had such a rough time saving the drone. Living in NC now, but still miss Leland so much. I still have my one large Stone I found 20 years ago, but miss looking down for them. Thank you for all of the postings and have a Blessed Christmas.