I had a really great time doing this and intend to do it again whether or not for this task. In fact I am having a little get together tomorrow night and I am going to bring with a bandanna and a a couple cameras so as to encourage people to do this.
I went to the Muir Beach Overlook
to complete this task. It's always good to get across the bridge and have a day sans ˈkrakˌheds. Eddy
did the documentation but we are submitting ours separately to avoid point hoarding. Hers is finally up!!! and I must admit… probably a bit cooler than mine.
I donned my bandanna and put some sunglasses on for extra blindness assurance.
All dressed up for the party
I made my way along the trail. Let me just say the hand rail makes this look easier then it is. The first few minutes I spent simply scared out of my wits. It took me a minute to remember to use my other senses instead of focusing on the blackness.
Stairs are incredibly daunting when you are blind…
especially the oversized/irregul
ar kind that are so popular right now at scenic locations.
I could hear and smell the surf
and slowly made my way towards it. I had specifically instructed my guide to only help if I asked or if I was facing impending doom. This was one of those instances… "um just so you know theres no more railing and you are standing on the edge of a sheer cliff."
Not bad for beeing blind
, no wonder it is becoming harder to make a living as a photographer and photojournalists seem to be dropping like flies.
I heard giggling and snapped some pictures… after a short conversation with Silver
what do you know she joined SFØ. Yeah! More Babes for the party.
I could hear workers to my left…
That is where I really wanted to go but there was some kind of rail in my way. Maybe it was for the best. If they do not want regular
people over there I am sure as hell they do not want blind folded photographers stumbling around while they are working. But if I could have gone over there I would have.
I could hear an echo to my right
and imagined there was some sort of primordial cave. I explored it and was not really sure what it was. Now that I can see it I am still not really sure what it is. Not all that much changes when your blind, atleast not as much as you would think.
I could feel brush at my feet so I felt around and found some soft gentle flowers.
Feeling around some more I came across a not so soft prickly plant. OWW!!! Being blind can hurt.
I don't know it yet but those stairs about to be very daunting.
You do not know how good that felt. and I got a lovely self portrait out of it.
The Shadow is me!
From here it was on to Muir Beach. Eddy was already soaking up sun there so I did not have a guide for this part I just follow the railings.
A young boy approached me and asked my name…
his was Dave or Jones the point is his nickname is davey jones. He refused to show me his locker. He asked me if I knew how to do a cartwheel. I said it had been a while and asked if he would do one. He asked why I was blindfolded and I told him it was part of a game.
At this point I was nearing the beach and kicked myself for not asking Davey Jones to be my guide. I did not want to walk across people quietly sitting(hence undetectable to me) at the beach and decided to call it a round. Besides I already had an idea of what the beach looked like from assisting Eddy and considered that cheating.