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.