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2018 Road Trip

The Pacific Northwest

My 2018 road trip starts Saturday. I will be flying out to Portland, OR. From there I'll travel south down the Oregon Coast to Yachats, then East and North up to the Columbia River area where I'll also visit Mt. Hood. Then North into Washington State with Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier National Park, and finishing up in Olympic National Park.

I will be posting photos, videos, 360 photos and 360 videos right here...



Hurricane Irma

After the Storm

Well, looks like we survived that one here in South Venice for the most part. A convoy of power trucks came by yesterday afternoon and turned on the power. There are still a lot of people without power and I feel for them. It's pretty miserable in 90 degrees.

Wind gusts here in Venice were in the 70-80mph range. Just glad Irma weakend before reaching here could have been far worse.

Thanks for all the kind message people have been sending me via the site. I'm glad the view from the cameras was useful to so many of you.

Here's some edited footage from the cameras. Click Here.




Front HD Cameras

The front cameras are up and running in HD. However there will be some additional down time to fix some remaining technical issues.

New HD Cameras

The transition to HD

I have replaced the back 4 "Cat Cam" cameras with 720p HD cameras. This means much clearer images. As part of this upgrade I'm also switching to some new software to provide the feeds.

By default when you go to the back cameras page, you'll see that the "Jpeg" button is selected. This will give you the most compatible mode which is a stream of jpeg images. The frame rate in this mode tends to be around 4 frames per second.

If you are running the Chrome or Firefox browsers, try the "Video" button, then click on one of the images. This will give you an HTML5 video stream that runs at about 10 frames per second.

The front cameras will be upgraded sometime during the next year, but will take more effort on my part :)

New Cameras

I'm currently working on replacing 3 of the front cameras. The old ones were failing. They were actually board cameras which lasted much longer in the elements than I expected. The new cameras are designed for outdoor use and include infrared for nighttime viewing - much like the back cameras.

Update: The front door Cam is up. The other two will return in the next couple of days.

Update #2: All cameras are now up and running.