Thursday, January 10, 2019

Kalalau Trail 2016 [Napali Coast]

I finally finish putting together the video footage from my hike down the Kalalau Trail from 2016, I know almost two years later but better late than never. Below is the video from my hike down the Napali Coast.

On my third visit to Kauai I made my second hike down the Napali Coast along the Kalalau Trail. It took us almost nine hours to reach our destination, the Kalalau Beach. We camped one night and hiked out the next day. Our return trip on the Kalalau Trail only took us seven hours to get back to the trailhead. When started our journey we encountered some wet trails for the first few miles. The north side of Kauai gets a lot of rain and is more of a tropical area. There are some serious elevation changes in the first few miles of the hike making many people question whether they should take on the rest of the trail but once you pass Hanakoa Valley the Kalalau Trail takes on a more desert like terrain and the drastic elevation changes start to diminish.

The Kalalau Trail is a beautiful but strenuous, hazardous hike. It should not be taken lightly. If you desire to see the beauty of the Napali Coast please prepare yourself for the journey, it's far from easy.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lentil Bean Soup With Spinach [Instant Pot]

Lentil Bean Soup With Baby Spinach in the Instant Pot

 Bean soups make a great addition to a health diet. This recipe contains no meat or daily so it's also a good choice for those who follow a Vegan or vegetarian diet.

Lentils cook quick with no soaking time required and, along with other beans, contain a good amount of dietary fiber (1g. per tablespoon). The American Heart Association says that Americans only consume about 15g. of the the 25-30g. recommended amount.

This is a great beginner recipe for those new to the Instant Pot. There's not a lot of ingredients and

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Baby Back Ribs [Instant Pot]

Baby Back Ribs In The Instant Pot

Today, for the first time, I made Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot. I must say... they turned out perfect. The spice combination is delicious and so tender you can pull the bone right out of the meat.

I've been using the Instant Pot more and more lately but wanted to try putting it's meat tenderizing ability to the test which brought some Baby Back Ribs to mind. The process is quite simple really and the short amount of time required for such tender meat is another bonus.

You'll be starting out in the Instant Pot and finish browning them in the oven broiler for a few minutes.

Personally I think the spice rub mixture in this recipe is excellent. The full recipe is below but take a quick look at the video showing the basic steps of cooking the Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot.

Continue reading below for the recipe

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hiking Kalepa Ridge [Video]

My girlfriend and I recently returned home from our vacation in Kauai, my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. While on Kauai we hiked the Kalalau Trail and did a few day hikes of which the most spectacular was hiking on the Kalepa Ridge. Watch the video and come along with us on a magical hike.

This video was taken with my, now returned, Samsung Note 7 mounted in my DJI Osmo Mobile to get the nice stable footage. Recorded in 4K and exported to 1080p.


The Kalepa Ridge trail isn't hard to find but it's location is not well documented nor is it published in any of the trail maps you'll find on the island. To find the Kalepa Ridge

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DJI Osmo Mobile with External Microphone

Recently I received my DJI Osmo Mobile and was anxious to see if I would be able to use my external microphone, the Rode VideoMic, with the device to record audio with my video on my Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The potential problem was that the 3.5mm jack on my Note 7 would be covered by the right side of the gimbal mount. It is in fact partially obscured and does not allow the the right angle microphone cord to be plugged in with the phone mounted on all three contact points of the gimbal.

The Solution
As a potential remedy I attempted to mount my Note 7 offset to the left in the gimbal mount to accommodate the microphone cord. Being that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a large phone (phablet) my concern was