However, after a day had passed, I remember one of the My CoolWorkers asked me how I felt about losing my camera, knowing that I LOVE taking photographs, and my response was "lighter." It was true. My camera (and lenses!) were heavy. I now just had my phone to keep me in communication and document my world as I'm wont to do. It was kind of freeing.
So the moral of this post is have insurance!
Okay, other morals.
Stuff is just stuff. Stuff can be replaced.
People are always worth more than any item.
Attitude really can affect how one responds to any given situation. I could have let this event ruin my trip, but instead I've got an amazing story, gratitude for my friends and family's support from "that sucks" comments to the giving of clothes for me to wear.
The mind's eye really is the best camera.
And, the best camera is the one that's with you (Chase Jarvis). In this case, I made the best of it with my phone.
It's good to leave home once in a while and learn about the beauty in other places. This also leads to learning how well you have it at home. :)
I'll close by saying that I'm so glad I got to take this trip and see a new part of the country. I hope to return to the Blue Ridge Parkway someday and actually get to Great Smoky Mountains National Park - I was so close! In reality though, like the sunscreen comment from that infamous fake graduation speech, trust me about having insurance.
Have a great weekend all!