How does one who is reliant upon recharging using a power cord recharge the professional battery?
The Answer: Disconnect.
I have to say that when I left for Canada this past Friday evening, I was still in full-charge mode. I had my devices with me and charged for every occasion. As we neared the campsite, I made peace with the fact that there was no WiFi and that I did not have an international data plan. Basically, all I was getting was the occasional expensive call or text over the next week unless I headed into town (30 min. drive) to access WiFi at McDonalds. Honestly, this was rather unsettling to start the trip, but I knew it would become a welcome respite by about day 2.
Sure enough, I was actually enjoying my time away from the connection. I wasn't constantly checking email, Twitter, blogs, etc, etc. etc.... I was just enjoying being out by the lake, playing board and card games with my family, reading for pleasure, and just generally relaxing. Now I can't lie to you, during our trip into town, I did stop by Micky D's and check a couple things, but not for long and I didn't make a special trip to do it. But, I was confronted with a problem. On about the 5th day of our trip we found out that one of the folks in the campground with whom we are friends had WiFi!!! I quickly got the password and started to check things, but then I remembered the whole point of the trip: Relax, Recharge, Refresh!
So, I honestly did very little with the WiFi for the last couple days of the trip.
I remembered that this trip was about catching turtles and letting them go.
I remembered that this trip was about snapping a picture of a luna moth at night.
I remembered that this trip was about sleeping in a tent with the family.
I remembered that the best way to recharge is to unplug. Now that I am back and will be going in to my office tomorrow, I am ready to think about the future and ready the school for the new year. I look forward to all of the challenges that the months ahead will present! Oh, by the way, all of the devices are charged again, too.
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