I have read several articles in the last few months about how invigorating it is to “unplug.” Even when I travel abroad I find it very difficult to disconnect myself (much to my partner’s chagrin) completely from all the electronic paraphernalia we take with us, virtually everywhere we go.
A little more than a month ago my partner surprised me with plans for a trip. My first reaction was (of course!) “Great! When do we leave for France?” She just smiled and said that we weren’t going to France, this time. She said she had found a place that would be very relaxing, beautiful, photogenic, poetic, and… quiet. She had me.
I told her that it would be cool to do the next (#114) Red Dog News on our trip. That was when her smile faded, and she gave me the look. You ALL (male or female) know what that is. I immediately fumbled a regroup and asked her where we are going. When she said Montana, my first thought was why couldn’t I do a Red Dog News there. She caught me before I could go any further on that thought.
“We are going to a guest ranch owned by the Nature Conservancy (above),” she said. “There is no Internet, no cellphone reception available.” I gulped, ever so silently and subtly.
Over the next few weeks I managed to get into the “unplugged” state of my future vacation. We had decided to drive, rather than fly. I had never been to Montana and I thought there would be plenty of opportunity for me to get my camera out.
As I think more about unplugging, I am very much looking forward to it. No more pouting. No more “maybe we can use the Internet in the office.” I’m ready. So, after tomorrow, I will be off the grid, as THEY say. I hope you all have a nice week, and that you can find some time to unplug and reconnect with the “real” world.