This past week I had a chance to unplug and disconnect. My college-aged son, Caleb, and I had a chance to go on a canoeing trip along the Wisconsin River for four days. We paddled 92 miles from Sauk City WI to Wyalusing, WI. On our longest day we paddled 32 miles and enjoyed some amazing scenery.
We did the trip through WI River Outings which handled much of the logistics. They provided the canoe, sleeping mats, paddles, life vests, and good maps. We simply had to bring our tent, sleeping bags, clothing, and food. We left our car at the start of the trip and they drove it down to meet us. The owner, Scott, picked us up at the end and drove us back to our car which was at their other office downriver. During the ride we had a great chance to get to know him and hear about his great company. If anybody is looking for a great getaway week (or day, or weekend), I highly recommend Scott’s company.
The scenery was stunning. I didn’t take too many pictures because I was afraid that (1) my iPhone might get wet, and (2) I might be tempted to check in. I did however, get this video footage of an bald-eagle taking flight.
One of the great things about the trip was that I didn’t check my email. I just enjoyed my son, and nature. Though there was a bit of pressure in the back of my head that the emails were piling up, I just didn’t bother. I truly needed to get away from it all. I simply do not do that enough. I brought along two books – the paper versions – the Bible, and Birthright by David Needham. These books mean a great deal to me and I was able to reconnect with my Maker. The act of decompressing was really good for me.
So I encourage you to take some time this summer to unplug for a time. Find a space where you are free of the internet and all of its noise and reconnect with your deeper self. I would love to hear how some of you decompress and rejuvenate during the summer months.