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360 Drives 001  Welsh Mountains to Valleys

360 Drives 001 Welsh Mountains to Valleys

As many of you reading the blog already know, I am a huge fan of 360 imagery. I have been contributing Street Views to Google Maps for the last few years and even carried a Google Trekker around Lancaster County (check that story out here). Well after much planning and about a year and a half of waiting I recently crossed the threshold from 360 stills to 360 video. Super PUMPED about that!

Now that I got my hands on my Kodak SP360 Dual Pro Pack I have wasted no time in getting started. There are so many cool ideas swimming in my head already and I'm not going to make you wait to share them. I've always said over the last few years "we're in a constant state of evolution". Ironically, so is the 360 and Virtual Reality world. It has been an amazing industry to watch over the last few years and I'm so glad to be able to get into this format and see what we can do.

I figured I would start things off with some driving tests. So the other day after picking my daughter up from school we took a little drive from Overlys Grove up over the eastern most edge of the Welsh Mountains. Then we headed through the valleys on the other side as we headed towards Upper Leacock. 

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!! Check out the links below if you're interested in trying a cardboard or slightly better VR viewer. I think it's a really cool experience!

The Route

Fall Foliage Spots

Fall Foliage Spots

While the foliage was a little late to start changing, it has been absolutely beautiful this year.  The calm days have also meant a lot of the leaves have stayed in the trees longer. 

I personally expect some change this weekend. With rain, cooler temps, and wind in the forecast it's going to put a lot more leaves on the ground. It's also going to bring out some rapid color change in the remaining green.

Here are a few views we encountered over the last week.

 

Homestead remnants at the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve.    

Homestead remnants at the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve. 

 

Zip lining at Mast Farm Corn Maze in Morgantown, Pa. Love the valley views in this area.

Zip lining at Mast Farm Corn Maze in Morgantown, Pa. Love the valley views in this area.

Fall foliage at the Octoraro Reservoir. 

Fall foliage at the Octoraro Reservoir. 

A kayaker with a furry friend taking in the view of the foliage at Speedwell Forge Lake. 

A kayaker with a furry friend taking in the view of the foliage at Speedwell Forge Lake. 

 

NEW MAP

I've started a new map to highlight some of the best foliage around the area. Be sure to save it as a favorite in Google Maps. Then you can take it with you on the go.

 

I'm in search of a few ambitious explorers to contribute their perspective. If you would like to help contribute to our maps, hit the button below to sign up.