I got the kids a GoPro-like action camera kit, an ‘ASX ActionPro-X‘, as a ‘family present’ for Christmas. Though it was received with excitement it stayed unused — partly because we have so many other cameras around.
Yesterday we went skiing at Loon. Devanee wanted to take the ‘GoPro’, I was fine with that provided she used it. She was going to use it with the head-strap.
Once we were there it fell on me to wear it. I did not use the waterproof case. Just snapped it onto the ‘cradle’ and screwed that onto the head-harness. We did one run with the camera. At the bottom I look it off and looked around to see if Deanna was around so that I could give her the camera to keep. Deanna was not skiing. She wasn’t around so I decided to do another run with the camera. Same routine. Got down to the bottom and went to take the camera off to give it to Deanna.
Camera was missing!
Harness still on my head but no camera or cradle. It had come unscrewed. I immediately retraced my steps. Went on the lift and skied back the trail. No signs of the ASX. I was bit bummed but was not devastated. It was an action camera. Teischan, to her credit, went on her own and checked, unsuccessfully.
About an hour later, on a whim, I asked the ski lift operator if somebody had handed in a ‘GoPro’.
To my amazement and delight she said “Yes, but it is not a GoPro”. I told her it was an ‘AXS’ (which was close enough).
WOW. I was impressed and humbled. It was a fully functional action camera. Somebody could have just pocketed it.
Second time that somebody in New Hampshire has handed in a camera that I misplaced. The last time was 15 years ago, at UNH in Durham, at a ‘Destination Imagination‘ workshop. There were around 00 people there. The camera was a Nikon DSLR worth around $500. Somebody handed it in. I was amazed BUT had believed, in the back of my mind, that somebody would hand it in. I was right.
Yes, we have lost at least 3 other digital compact cameras in the interim. But we are not sure where we lost them. Somebody could have handed in those too BUT we are not sure where to go asking.
But the ‘GoPro’ at Loon was HUMBLING.