Saturday, May 9, 2015

If I Didn't Have Brenda Whiteside

View from the top of one of the trails.
It didn't occur to me I'd be without Internet this week. My husband is fulfilling a bucket list item by serving as a marshal in a pro fishing tournament in Lake Havasu, Arizona. He booked us at a beautiful state camp and RV park about fifteen minutes out of the city. There's a sandy beach for people and a separate one for doggies. There are trails and fantastic scenery right on the lake. But no WiFi? He didn't think to ask. We've never encountered this. My HotSpot box won't even connect me. My phone gets only occasional coverage and is so small I can't do much besides look at my email.

An old spreading mesquite tree
So here I am, sitting in a McDonald's. I had to drop him off at 5am then settled in this McD's. Nothing like a McD's breakfast - not! Just hope I'm caught up by lunchtime. If it's a smorgasbord you're after, this is not the place to be! I'm writing this on Friday and won't be able to respond to comments until I'm back to civilization
One of my favorites - Desert Ironwood
on Tuesday.

When I'm hunkered down in the RV, without Internet, I do get more writing accomplished. Book four in my Love and Murder series took flight yesterday. And I got in two great walks.

Rusty waiting to go to doggie beach
This sort of inconvenience makes me wish for the days of no Internet. You can't miss something you don't have. You can't need something that doesn't exist. An elderly gentleman on his way out, stopped by my table and commented. He told me he used to be plugged in but gave it all up a couple of years ago. All he owns now is a simple phone for emergencies. Hmmm...some day maybe.

(This post was previously published with some minor changes yesterday on my personal blog, Discover Yourself. I had to make the most of my short Internet time!)

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Jannine Gallant said...

I'm commenting on this from my phone at work where I don't have wi-fi. Makes me crazy, too. I think we're all addicted. Looks like a beautiful place to hike, Brenda. Enjoy yourself!

Margo Hoornstra said...

We've been there. Beautiful. Can't wait to get back. Good point about the wifi, or lack thereof. Kind of nice to unplug now and then. Lucky you.

Diane Burton said...

Unplugging voluntarily is one thing. When you can't and want to, it's not good. I'm so glad I can keep in touch even when I'm away from home.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Been having a great time and checking in for the second time at McD's - not my favorite place! Tomorrow I'm back to the land of always Internet.