Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fell Into that Trap . . .

A bit ago I wrote on this blog about "Technology Traps."  That is, we get so reliant upon technology that if it is taken away, we're in trouble.

I had a bit of that happen to me on my recent vacation to Glacier National Park.  I have AT&T for my cell phone carrier and about 10 miles north of the town of Browning, Montana, my cell phone service went away (locals said Verizon or Sprint had coverage).  Then at the hotel there was supposed to be WiFi in the lobby.  But it died at about 6:00 P.M. on the first day there and never really came back reliably enough to use it.

I needed to go to Kalispell, Montana, and I knew approximately where it was but I didn't know how far away it was.  I was supposed to be there at 10:00 A.M. and needed to know what time I needed to leave.  I didn't have paper maps (who uses paper maps anymore?) so I had no idea how to figure this out.  Normally I'd pull up Goggle maps and go to town.

Luckily my car's navigation system still worked so I was able to use it to figure out that Kalispell was 130 miles away.  Then I figured how much time I should allot for the trip (I underestimated, not realize the last 40 or so miles were going to be in slow traffic).

After three days with basically no internet, I sat in Starbucks in Kalispell catching up on . . . everything.

Did I learn anything?  Will I take paper maps with me next time?  Probably not.  But I did learn that it's hard to live without the internet when you've grown to rely on it.

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