My New Project - Abandoned Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand has been my home for 25 years. I grew up in Conway just 15 miles inland for the beach. After graduation I went to the beach for work and college. Since I was 17 years old I have had a job in Myrtle Beach and have made quite a life for myself here. I can remember as a kid going to The Pavilion and seeing the buzzing of the boulevard; seeing Peach's Corner and the rest of the downtown area lit up like a Christmas tree. There is no better childhood memory than laughing and playing with my family down at the beach. I am sure that my memory is not a very unique one. See, Myrtle Beach is place that many people call their home away from home. Every single year, Myrtle Beach says hello and goodbye to 14 million people and after labor day, we are left by ourselves to clean up the messes and hold things together until summer comes around again. With only 27,000 in our population, the city is very empty in the winter. After all the glitz and glamour is frozen over, we are left holding down the fort waiting for the loneliness of it all to fade away. Jobs are hard to hold on to and even harder to find when the tourists leave. The stores close. The water parks dry up and the roller coasters start to rust.

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DLSR + Rain = A Very Bad Day at The Zoo

If there is one thing that everyone knows, it is that electronics and water(for the most part) don't mix. All it takes is a little water in the wrong place to completely destroy a phone. I remember back in the day, I used my blackberry after washing my hands and because my hands were slightly wet, the trackball and and keyboard went haywire. Granted, I know that is the extreme of this type of situation, but still. Water is kryptonite to most things with a battery. Well besides the camera itself, lenses can also gather moisture which can lead to fungus, aperture blade malfunctions and focusing issues. All of which make it unusable and useless to sell (make it a coffee mug!)

So there you have it, your camera hates water. So what do you do when you are traveling and are unsure if you will hit water or not? Get a bag with a rain cover.

My bag is a Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack and I could not be more happy with it. The thing is snug on my back and can carry plenty:

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

My wife and I recently visited the Denver Zoo and had a wonderful time. Definitely the nicest zoo I have had the opportunity to visit. We had just driven 2 and a half hours through cloudy, snow storm occupied mountains and arrived in Denver assuming it was just going to snow. Well us beach kids didn't know the difference between snow and rain weather so we went to the zoo anyway.

To tell you the truth, I am so glad we did though. We almost had the place to ourselves and that was just so worth the price of admission alone. After the rain started, I had to put up all the gear and just wait it out. It was a little disappointing walking around all these wonderful animals with all my gear in a bag, but it was worth it knowing that I had it protected. The rain sleeve is hidden away in a bottom compartment and when needed, you just pull it out and stretch it over the bag. Even though the bag was packed to the gills( 2 DSLR's and 5 lenses, the sleeve still fit like a glove.

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

All in all, I still left with a wonderful group of photos which I will be sharing on some future blog posts! Thank you for reading and remember to protect your gear!