RV Boondocking: Trona Pinnacles Aerial Tour

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Of all the ways to RV, boondocking is our favorite. Generally defined as “camping in remote places without hook-ups,” it’s frequently awesome, and usually free.

Recently, our good friends Jason & Nikki Wynn, better known as Gone With the Wynns, invited us to join them on a boondocking trip to a great spot in the Mojave Desert that none of us had visited before.

Off the beaten path, but still easily accessible, Trona Pinnacles is an eyeful. So we launched our 3D Robotics Solo quadcopter to showcase its stark beauty in this fun & evocative video.

Check out the Wynn’s great post & video about Trona Pinnacles here.

Be sure to follow Nikki & Jason’s adventures at GoneWithTheWynns.com

To learn about visiting this great spot yourself, check out the following links:

Official details about Trona Pinnacles at BLM.gov

GPS Coordinates: 35.617893, -117.371925

Trona Pinnacles camping details & reviews at Campendium.com

Great feature article from Nina at WheelingIt.com

Chris & Cherie’s article at Technomadia.com


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  1. Have been lurking for quite awhile, but just thought I would send kudos for the excellent drone and time-lapse footage of a great-looking spot. Thanks.

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  2. Great video again. Wow the entire family (dog included) loved the drone shots.

    The night time laps was excellent. I’ve not had much success with night time laps, Where those stills the processed by software to time laps?

    As drone prices drop and battery life improves we may pickup one in the future to scout out paths to explore.

    We’ll be driving 395 this spring and Torna is on the visit list.

    You and the Wynns should make a feature length travel log! I’d pay to watch!

    Thanks again.

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      Thanks Steve! Here’s how Jason taught me to do it…. ISO 3200, lens at widest possible zoom, set up the intervalometer (link to ours above, just below the video) to trigger a 30-second exposure once per minute (which will of course be 30 seconds exposed, followed by 30 seconds with the shutter closed). Leave the camera on a tripod untouched for as long as you can (all night even!). Then in post (we use Final Cut Pro X; Jason uses Premier Pro), you’ll have all these still images (60 per hour). If you set the duration for each image to 2 frames, at 30 frames per second, you’ll have 4 seconds of time lapse per hour of shooting. That’s what we did here, but we have another one in the works at a duration of 1 frame each, giving us for 2 second of video per hour (at 30 FPS), which we like the results of better. I’m sure I’ve left out a lot, so if Jason sees this, my grades are gonna suffer. ;-)

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  3. GREAT Video. I loved the aerial shots. A word of caution, though. I am a team manager for a radio controlled helicopter company and a major RC helicopter electronics manufacturer. Failures can happen at any time. Lithium Polymer (lipo) batteries generally survive crashes, but I cannot count how many times I have seen Lipo batteries get punctured and either smoke themselves out or flame up brilliantly. Because of possible failures and the possibility of fire, FAA and AMA have set forth rules which state that drones (quads, hexes, or octs as I call them) should not be flown over people or structures such as your motor home. I hate to sound like I am lecturing, but I have seen the damage first hand because of failures. I have had a friend injured when his radio system failed. I have seen wind do strange things.

    Please do register with the FAA and consider joining the Academy of Model Aeronautics (if you have not already done so). AMA is an association of modelers for modelers and drone enthusiasts. AMA also provides two million dollars worth of insurance to their members. Please consider joining AMA at http://modelaircraft.org. Please also let the Wynn’s know.

    I love your site and the work you guys do is awesome. Please do not take this as criticism in any way.

    Scott

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  4. I’m planning a move from residence to near FT RVing. This video inspires me on many levels. I earn on the Internet and use video to market offers. Your videography is super. What editing software do you use?

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. Thanks for another great video. I just wanted more, hated to see it end. Two of my favorite couples out there having a blast.
    Superb capture with the drone! :) Good job giving Jason that push on getting his in the air. Safe and happy travels.

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  6. Another great posting.

    Like the others I am also impressed with your drone videos. Especially the one you catch Nikki waving out the window.

    Plus I’m very pleased that you and Jason helped each other out; him to try his drone and you to try time lapse.

    John

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  7. Another great video from you guys. Thanks. I live just up the road from the Pinnacles and have camped there a few times too.

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    2. I’ve been enjoying your “Gone with the Wynn’s” videos for a long while now, and I was delighted to see you folks there too! I love your Smart car!!! Mine’s white and black. Do the front wheel sizing upgrade, you won’t be sorry! You just buy the same size as the rear wheels and put them upfront.
      Learn more from the nice folks at Smart Madness, Signal Hill, CA http://smartmadness.com/
      888-993-7552 Jason “JJ” Johnston is my favorite rep!

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  9. You know, I have always enjoyed your tech videos, but this travel video nearly had me in tears it was so beautifully done. I love what you’re doing with the drone. The footage is incredibly good, and high! Your music here was just spot on and I love the Wynn’s too! Thanks you for another wonderful video! And be sure to drive the Wynn’s Smart Car–I have one, and it is soooo much fun!

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  10. Fantastic Arial Photography.

    this is probably the best video I have seen of the Trona Pinnacles.

    Thanks for the great vid.

    Steve

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    2. That did cross my mind too. Without a significant amount of other RV’ers I’d have concern being there without arms. I’m sure these folks pack.

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