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The Forty-Eight, Unplug & Unwind

In a day and age where we are all plugged in all the time it is hard to imagine time without any technology. But here friends, I challenge you to do something that is liberating and eye opening.

Go without technology of any kind for 48 hours straight.

No computer. No phone. No TV. No radio. And don’t go to the countryside to do this. Do it right in your normal hub. No excuses.

I did this as a part of a class requirement back in my introductory Telecommunications classes at my University. It was meant to show how much technology is ingrained into modern culture and daily life. My other professors were informed that during a 2 week period I would go technologically dark. My friends would leave sticky notes on my door to let me know of plans or if they were stopping by and just missed me.

For a millennial these are strange concepts, but for those who are older and remember these times this may be a nice practice to get back to the simplicity of life without WiFi. You older generations are no better than we are. Don’t play the shocked victim, you are all just as guilty. So give it a try.

Tell your co-workers, friends and loved ones you are doing this beforehand so people don’t panic when you do decide to do this.

Is there a TV in your normal bar/coffee shop? Sit with your back to it or consciously be aware of its presence as you avert your eyes to people in front of you. Engage others. Tell them what you are doing, it’s a great conversation starter. Start reading that book you always wanted to start but never had time for.

Make a journal of your experiences, stress, and observations of others. People watch. What habits have others developed because of this technology addiction? Call your friends out for paying more attention to their phone than to you when you are hanging out.

Challenge yourself and challenge others.

I will say that the first 24 hours are incredibly difficult. But stay strong. You can make it and honestly you may want to try it again sometime (But maybe for not as long).

Have fun. Do things you don’t normally do but think about. Sit at a coffee shop, go on a walk, play with puppies at the pet store, whatever!

Report back here on what you’ve done or how you felt afterwards.

The sky is the limit. Just remember: No selfies.

 

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The Grand Canyon of the Pacific: Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Hello my lost friends. How are we today?

Mark Twain referred to this incredible place as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Waimea Canyon. Now I have never been to the Grand Canyon but I was still thoroughly impressed with this mighty natural beast on a torrentially rainy afternoon in Kauai.UP3A6426

It is approximately 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep. It paints a remarkable landscape with it’s lush greenery and red soil that earns it’s Hawaiian name Waimea, which means reddish water. The canyon was formed by the Waimea River rising from the extreme rainfalls that accompany the wettest place on Earth, Mount Wai’ale’ale.UP3A6459

There are plenty of overlooks throughout the park. My party was running from a rainstorm and eventually pulled off to the side of the road at one point. The views from any direction are quite remarkable. It’s a long wind road to the top but definitely worth the potential car sickness as the roads swerve up, down, and around the canyon’s valley.UP3A6437

There are plenty of hiking trails that take you down into the valley as well. As always I advise study shoes, plenty of water, and a possible raincoat just in case the weather momentarily decides to take a turn. Something very typical in Kauai, although it never lasts too long.

No donkeys here though if you were looking for an exact Pacific replica of the Grand Canyon. UP3A6482

It is definitely a must go for anyone traveling to the island of Kauai. But then again, if you aren’t planning on visiting Kauai on your Hawaiian vacation you are definitely missing out.