Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Camping and a Significant Lack of Internet

So, I went camping in the mountains (Colorado and New Mexico), and it was awesome. 

I mean, seriously. It was so much fun.

It’s the first time in quite a while that I’ve taken an entire week off of work and sort of left “real life” behind. After not doing it for so long, I discovered that it’s nice to take some time to relax and worry about nothing more pressing than what I want to eat at my next meal.

Probably the strangest thing for me was the noticeable lack of Internet. As someone who is connected at all times via phone, laptop, etc..., going for an entire week without it was interesting. The only thing I could occasionally get my phone (and only my phone) to do was check email. But actually getting online? Forget it.

I wouldn’t want to be without it for long, but you know what? Being disconnected for a while was kind of nice. It was just me, my family, and nature. A great change of pace.

So, what did I do during my lovely camping trip?

Well, we cooked outside every day, hiked through some seriously tall pine trees, and played several epic card games (“epic” because, once every couple of plays, the wind would attempt to steal our cards and skip off with them, laughing).

And during quiet moments, I was able to read (I finished four books during the trip!) and even do a little bit of writing. I’m telling you, writing in the mountains with the spicy scent of pine all around you is amazing. I highly recommend it. :)

Now that I’m home, I’m quite happy to be back in the groove of things. And I can’t tell you how much I enjoy having access to the Internet once more. But I have returned home with some very happy memories and quite a number of pictures (a few of which I’ve included below).

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer with family and friends, and I hope you've been able to take at least a few days for a bit of vacation-y goodness!