Summer Vacation – Unplugged

This rugged, lightweight, 3-candle lantern produces a bright light and heats water on top, too. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Our lightweight 3-candle lantern produces a bright light and heats water on top, too. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

How many people – including backpackers – go out into nature, on the trail, into the woods – and are completely unplugged?  Cell phones offer GPS.  How many walkers march to the tune of pop music piped into earbuds from an iPod or cell phone?

It may sound scary, the idea of unplugging for a week or so. But it is completely worth it.  Let me share how I have spent my summer vacation for several years now.

Each July, we pack as much as we can into our teeny Tardis – actually a Nissan Micra. It’s fuel-efficient, and very cozy, especially when packed for a vacation.

Then we set off for a camp in Ireland where we will join up with 500 other folks, ranging from babies to “aging hippies” who can just about remember the 1960s! Continue reading

Wilderness Reflections

mountain sunriseSometimes I have to go to the wilderness to experience real life, to get away from all things man-made.  It is a place where I will likely become a meal for mosquitoes—where the unexpected is to be expected—a place where there are wolves and bears.  And once there, I will tackle activities that I don’t always feel completely prepared for.  The wilderness answers some of the questions that we have about ourselves.

Can we cope without watches, telephones, running water, and electricity?  Do we have the emotional and physical strength to handle severe weather conditions, or long tedious portages, while our bodies are loaded down with heavy packs and canoes?  The answers are out there. Continue reading