A team of researchers from Exploration Guides today found proof that a widely held belief about Haven Hill is, in fact, wrong, and that two local legends, while they do each contain a grain of truth, don’t contain much more than that.
As “Rediscovering Edsel Ford’s Haven Hill” nears completion of filming, all the pieces are coming together for what is sure to be the most in-depth work on Edsel’s lost estate.
I spent a couple years actively exploring Haven Hill with a couple friends. That project fell apart, but now I’m back and working on a video documentary of the site. Amazingly, we’re still finding new stuff! We found a new building foundation a few weeks ago and, after getting a bit more information up at the state archives earlier this week, today we found remains of the ski slopes set up for the Fords (and later added onto).
No release date for the documentary yet, but we are making slow, steady progress.
Best time to cross a slippery, unstable log over a bottomless pit of mud? When carrying a ton of expensive, not waterproof, electronics.
Second best time? When carrying those same electronics, but when it’s still light out.
Oh, wait a minute. Did I mean worst, not best? Oh well. Did both today, successfully, while filming for our upcoming documentary.
Saw this little guy (ok, big for a crayfish) trying to climb the Haven Hill Dam a couple weeks ago. He was almost up to the vertical part of the spillway when he lost his grip and fell back to the bottom, where we lost track of him. There’s still a bit of warm weather left to get outdoors and explore, and, of course, fall colors, so get outside and enjoy before everything’s covered in ice and snow (then go out and explore that, too, of course).
In other news, serious video work beginning soon on our first full-length video documentary. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.
While hiking beside Haven Hill Lake a month or so ago, we were joined by an unexpected hiking companion.
Ever wonder what it takes to do documentary videos far from the trailhead? This is about the smallest, lightest gear I could come up with that I think will do the job. Full HD video and 6-channel digital audio, with wireless UHF lav mics. We have lots of ideas, so once we get more comfortable with the new gear, hopefully you’ll start to see plenty of high-quality video of our explorations.