A Taste of the Deschutes
By Salem Man
It was a sunny afternoon in Tumalo Oregon at my favorite fishing spot along the Deschutes river Saturday. I was alone and hopping along some wet rocks when when I lost my footing and took a splash into the chilling water. It was deeper then I thought. My head was the only part of my body that was above water. In fact, I got a mouthful of water as I fell in. I don't remember it tasting all that bad but I do remember my first thought was that I had the eatsalem.com camera in the pocket of my fishing vest. The shore was within reach and I pulled myself out before I was swept too far downstream. You know how they say your life passes before you when you are at a moment of crisis. Well, I began thinking about the thousands of pictures that were taken on that camera. A lot of them were covert shots of local restaurant food, most of them were candid family photos and many more shots of my family eating at local restaurants. Everything I was wearing was soaked. So I took off the vest pulled out the camera, took the batteries out and set it and my vest on a rock to dry and went back to fishing, hoping for the occasional sun break to dry me out. I never did dry or catch any fish but I still enjoyed the the day thinking about what kind of camera I was going to buy next. A digital SLR would be my preference. Not stealthy but great for getting a nice clean image. I didn't give up on drying the camera though. When I took it inside, my wife took a blow dryer to it and afterward we set it over a heating vent to evaporate any of the moisture that might short out the electronic components. The next morning, I put the batteries back in and was able to take a fuzzy picture of our Easter egg hunt. With nothing to lose, I put the camera back on the vent for another couple of hours before starting it up again. The blast of dry, hot air seemed to work. Each time I attempted to start the camera, the picture quality got better and better. If you'd believe this, the above picture of the Deschutes river was taken a day after I fell in. So I'm back in business and will be getting shots inside local restaurants soon. See you out there.