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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Thursday, August 27, 2009

No phone, no lights

 Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

"No phone, no lights, no motorcars, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be," from the theme song to "Gilligan's Island."

This was my vacation, except the part about no motorcars (we drove the truck) and not a single luxury (mountain cabins aren't always rustic!). And it was awesome. We spent more than a week at remote locations such as Grand Canyon's North Rim (my favorite place in the world) and the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Due to the remoteness of our destinations, we knew there would be days without cell service and likely no television. That was fine for me. I badly needed isolation. The night before the trip, I checked my e-mail and all my favorite Web sites. I set the DVR to catch my favorite shows.

Then we headed for paradise. I didn't really miss the cell phone, Internet or television. Many days we didn't even have decent radio reception. That was all fine and well, too.

It's a rare treat in this world we live in to be living life, enjoying beautiful scenery and great company, all without the intrusion of the real world. There is no bad news. There is no good news. It was just us, and everything was all about just us. Memories were made that will last the rest of my life.

After much R & R, it's good to be back in the real world. But, I highly recommend checking out of your real world at least once a year. It does wonders for your soul.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009
Article comment by: Max

"It was just you, and everything was all about just you" : so you were in the real world, Lynda ! Your cell phone & Internet & television are emptiness compare to Grand Canyon's North Rim. All these facilities are our working toys... Nothing to share with reality : nature, earth and sky, talking and laughing with people we meet, understanding and loving some the others, perhaps here's the "real world". Don't you think so, Lynda ?

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