The Internet “Connection”

‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ – Ferris Bueller

So, traveling is a wonderful thing. The internet is a wonderful thing. Traveling with the internet can be an awesome thing. Obviously, rw2 and I have been greatly affected by the internet revolution. He works in the I.T. industry and I happily use the internet for, what seems like, every need out there. From shopping, to travel research, to social networking… I’ve got it bad. When he suggested we blog our trip to Alaska in 2008, I was a bit skeptical. Even though I tend to do a lot of talking, I’m fairly convinced that nobody wants to hear what I have to say. Turns out it doesn’t matter with a blog. You can while away the hours putting down your thoughts, opinions or ideas about anything and just ‘put it out there’. Anybody who wants to read it can and anybody who doesn’t want to read it, well, doesn’t. It seems that family members and friends alike have expressed an interest in what I say, so I guess I’ll keep on keepin’ on.

Our recent 2 week flying trip out west was a terrific time, but for those who follow along on Left Base, the posts were less than few and far between. That is to say, they were nonexistent. I would like to say that the reason for this was some spectacular event that prevented us from posting, like my computer was eaten by a bear or I needed it to fend off a mountain lion, but the simple truth is this: turns out that there is no internet access at the National Park campsites. (I know, right?) I have to admit, that while I had a small nagging in my brain that kept repeating “I should be blogging this.” It was extremely peaceful and the soul reason for our trip. Blogging while in a big city where the activities are urban based lends itself to the opportunity to record the day’s events while relaxing at the hotel/hostel. But, traveling through a 1,000,000 acre wonderland (Glacier NP) where internet service does not exist does not lend itself to this practice and I am truly grateful for it.

I often walk a fine line between what is important and what is not. The need to share information is a wonderful thing, but how do we get that information presented in an efficient manner that is helpful, necessary or meaningful to the reader and don’t miss what is important for you to pass on? Does it matter that people know what I had for lunch yesterday? Or for that matter, is it important that people know where the world’s largest ball of twine is? (Darwin, Minnesota) Probably not, but like everything else in life, it gives a sense of place, a sense of purpose and a sense of measure. So, despite the guilty feeling of not blogging as we went, I will offer a few posts to lightly touch on our trip this year. Perhaps that will be just enough to inform, entertain and inspire.

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