Mega Dads: Unplugged

john_head By: John

Playing: D4, Dead Rising 3


Last weekend Adam and I packed up our cars and our familes and headed up to northern Minnesota to a small cabin resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. As I was packing up our bags with the usual weekend getaway supplies (lawn darts, chex mix, wine) I made a conscience decision NOT to bring along my Nintendo 3DS. I was going to attempt to enjoy this weekend away from the technology that so consumes our everyday lives. Unplug myself from the modern world and really embrace the beauty of Minnesota in the fall and all it has to offer.

But first I had to use the GPS on my iPhone to find my way there.

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It was rough at first trying to get used to a tech free environment. We were all guilty of trying to find some sort of cellular signal to check in on Facebook or Twitter. But for the most part these attempts were in vain. We were for all intents and purposes cut off from the outside world. A slight panic began to set in as we realized what this meant. What if something happens? What if someone gets sick? What if they show new Kingdom Hearts III footage at Tokyo Game Show?? After reality had a chance to sink in we calmed down and accepted that for the next 2 days,  status updates and tweets would have to wait.

These devices have become so ingrained in our everyday lives that sadly, I can hardly even sit down to watch television without also surfing the web on my phone or tablet. How were we going to get through an entire weekend without them? What were we supposed to do? Well, it turns out that in situations such as this there is something called ‘human interaction’ that is often used for entertainment. And not only did we find ways to pass the time but we also rediscovered how much we actually enjoy spending time with each other.

Over the next couple of days we went on long walks in the woods, made s’mores over a bonfire and got our butts kicked at Chinese Checkers by our mother. On Saturday afternoon Adam even broke out his guitar and we had a good old fashioned sing along (I use the word sing generously).  We spent the weekend talking, joking and enjoying each others company. I spend so much time during the week absorbed in my high tech toys and gadgets that it’s easy to forget the simple joys of things like finding deer tracks along a wooded path.

On Sunday afternoon after lunch we loaded up our vehicles, took a family photo and headed back out on the road. We don’t often get a chance to go on vacation all together and when we do it reminds me of how lucky I am to have such an awesome family that I actually enjoy spending time with. It’s good for the soul to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives and slow things down once in awhile. Take a look at those around you and remember what life is all about. I look forward to the next time we can all get together and head north again.

And in the meantime I’ve got to hurry and post all these vacation photos to Facebook!

 


What are some of your favorite ways to “unplug”? Let us know in the comments!

 

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