A Fishing trip turns into a wet disaster for the Nikon
I could tell the insurance company my camera bag was stolen from my truck. I could tell them some made up story, so they would cover the camera. But it just does not feel right. My renter’s insurance will not cover the water logged camera based off the real story of how it got destroyed. Augie’s Adventures is without camera gear. Dry working camera gear that is.
Last week, while on an evening kayak fishing trip, the rear hatch of the kayak began to take on water from a small hole. The hole is a result dragging the kayak across an asphalt parking lot. The asphalt worked like sandpaper on the plastic, removing layer and layer of plastic until there was no more to remove.
A thunderstorm cut what was to be a sunset fishing trip short. We pulled back onto the ramp as the rains began to fall. Lighting lit the sky across the river. We had made it off the river in time. I opened the rear storage hatch of the kayak, and to my surprise, I found my camera bag floating in a water filled “dry” storage hatch. I removed the bag and water rolled out of it. I removed the camera body and the two lenses; all of which have been totally submerged in salt water for at least an hour or more.
Yes, I know about the bag of rice trick, and all of the other things to do when electronics get wet. Getting wet from rain or a splash is one thing. Soaking under water for hours is a whole other level of wet. Two days later the camera had dried enough to download two important photos, but the ability to take photographs with this equipment is gone.
It would be so easy to lie to the insurance company to get a replacement camera and lenses. But I guess it is not in me to do that. Doing the right thing is hard sometimes. Others may say a little white lie to the insurance company won’t hurt anyone and that they will not even miss the money. But it still just does not sit right with me. So for now I’m stuck writing a blog about exploring great and wonderful places without a camera to capture the scenes.
I’m not looking for sympathy here, but it will take some time to save the money for the new (used) gear. I do not have, or use, credit cards and the savings account will not support the $3,000 purchase right now. So, I will put the excuse out there right now that the next group of posts could have older photographs of mine and I’ll be using a few more adjectives in describing the adventures.