So just after preaching to the choir about almost dropping my camera in the ocean last week, and telling everyone to check their gear, we were headed out to paddle in the Sea of Cortez to try and get some more shots of the Flying Mobulas, when I went over in my kayak.
Had my Canon 1D body($1500), with the wifes 28-300 'L' Lens ($2000), my 580 EX Flash ($400), 3 Canon NP-E3 batteries ($120 a piece) and 3 2 gig cards all in the kayak, unprotected
Not a good day on the water!!!! Luckily I was only in about chest deep water, so I have everything, but it's covered in a nice layer of salt, and nothing works now except the compact flash cards.
A lesson learned very fast and hard in about 3 seconds. No matter how many times you go paddling, I've been in the kayak probably 100 times in the past month with most of the gear never even getting a splash on it, but always having the Pelican Boxes strapped to the deck.
This one time I go out thinking why get all that heavy gear out just to strap it to the deck when I never use it? Well now I'm in Mexico with no camera and a wife that's about to tear my head off!!
Look at Southern Wolf's picture of the two wolfs, and the white one is my wife right now.
I'm not looking for any sympathy, It was my own dumb fault for getting cocky with my gear, but man does it make you think twice about taking a little extra time to do it right in the first place.