Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heading Out Into Nature... To Use Technology?!

Yep.  You read that title correctly.

Who ever thought I'd say that, right?  We know me.  I'm the type that spends her time in nature listening to wind, feeling like I'm a part of everything around me.

So why in the world, then, was I heading off into nature to use technology?

The answer isn't nearly as wacky as you may think, and it's something that most people don't consider about rural places:

There isn't cell phone signal everywhere.

True story.

Where I'm currently at, no cell phone carrier can reach me.  The towers just can't reach here.  Oh, there's internet, but my cell is, for the most part, just a very expensive decoration here.

And that gets kind of lonely.  I've never been someone that's attached to their phone via some sort of invisible umbilical cord, but I like having the ability to talk to a friend every once in a while.  Humans are social creatures, after all.

So, I drove a few miles in order to get to Gooseberry Falls State Park, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

The Main waterfall, part of  the Lower Falls

And pecked at my touch screen while sitting on a bench beside such splendor. 

I never thought I'd see the day that I'd do something like that, let me tell you!

Of course, that's not all I did.  I may have driven there specifically to use my phone, but my daughter and I had a great time walking the trails, as well.  The views are extraordinary.

Looking down on the river as it breaks into small waterfalls at various points.

In the end I realized that maybe it's ok to take a distracting piece of technology into nature while you're exploring.  At least you're there, right?

And that piece of technology gave me some fun photos!

*And as an aside?  They have free wifi.  SCORE!

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