I would have been one of the first ones to tell you that I can do without all the technological toys.
For years, I had a cell phone but I only turned it on when I wanted to make a call or check to see if I had a message. I had few messages since everyone knew my cell phone was usually out of juice.
Now I have more of the toys – iPhone, iPad, Mac laptop – but I still believed I could live without them – at least for a week.
That’s how long my husband wanted to go off the grid. The idea was to take our small camp trailer and go up into the mountains. My husband is an avid bird hunter and grouse season was about to open.
While he took the dogs up into the mountains chasing birds, I planned to do research by reading the books I’d picked up, work on finishing one book and starting the next.
I was planning to do the writing on my AlphaSmart, a word processor that works on three double “A” batteries. I use my AlphaSmart (they are now called Neo) even with all the other toys. I figured I would connect it to my computer when I got home. (I ended up writing 30 pages.)
The first day was great, the surrounding beautiful scenery, the clear, cool mountain air, the sound of the nearby river. I sat in a comfortable chair under the camper awning and researched for my next book, wrote, daydreamed and even read an entire novel.
I really thought I had everything I needed. Five inches of memory foam on a bed out of the weather, food and a stove that my husband used to cook our meals including fresh grouse that we shared with visitors.
I didn’t mind the lack of electricity, internet or phone. I was even okay to make the hi
ke down to the outhouse. I got into “roughing it.”
By day three though, I began to miss my connection to the rest of the world even though we hadcompany that came and went.
By day four, I woke desperate for a hot shower. I decided I was going to have to brave the ice cold river. I couldn’t heat enough water to bathe and wash my “mop” of long hair.
Fortunately, we ran out of dog food and had to make a trip into the town twenty-five miles away that afternoon. Also fortunate, my stepdaughter lives there. I got a hot shower. When I turned on the water, I realized I’d never appreciated running water as much as I did at that moment.
I made it all seven days off the grid, but the first thing I did when I got home was plug everything
back in and check my emails. I’d missed everyone on Facebook. I’d even missed television although most of the good shows aren’t back on yet.
The week away made me realize how much I enjoy modern conveniences, especially the hi-tech toys – and being connected with the rest of the world.
Do you think you could do a week off the grid and not miss it