Off the Grid
Last week we went on a biking and camping vacation to Acadia National Park. It was a significant trip for us for a couple of reasons. First, we got a hitch and bike rack to put on the car so that we could take our bikes with us. After fifteen years of waiting, we are finally a biking family! This may seem inconsequential, but biking did not come easily to the boys (nor me, if I am honest). We wanted it to be a fun biking trip and not torture for anyone, so we waited until everyone was comfortable biking for long stretches and found it enjoyable as well.
This is also our first camping trip since moving to New England. Previously, we usually took a fall camping trip in October sometime to western Maryland or down to Virgina. But, the nights get a little nippy earlier in the year up here, so we decided to go in September.
And it was glorious.
We had wonderful weather for the first three days.
The biking was not too difficult.
The views were fantastic.
All the food we ate was delicious.
We wished it would last forever.
Unfortunately, it came to a halt when our older son fell off of a rock he was walking on and injured himself on some other granite rocks. We had to get him down the mountain, a two mile bike ride, and then to a hospital for stitches. Fortunately, he could still bike and those two miles were all downhill. We were very thankful it was not worse than it was. If he had fallen in a different direction, he would fallen down a very steep ravine, littered with rocks. As it was, he only needed a few stitches and some ice cream.
Our last morning in the park started off in a rush of breaking camp as we woke to the sounds of rain on the tent. The rest of the morning, we spent enjoying the park through the fog and an occasional downpour, which gave the park a unique beauty. My only regret is that we did not get to the top of Cadillac Mountain on a nice day because the views from there are truly spectacular.
Instead, with the wind buffeting us around, we pretended we were summiting a much taller mountain and tried not to get blown off.
Something that I was not expecting during our vacation was the lack of a cell phone service. I only had service when we went into town, which we did almost everyday, but other than that, I was completely off the grid. At first it was annoying because I missed the convenience of looking things up on my phone and posting to social media. But, I soon forgot about it and enjoyed the time I had to focus on the things we were doing without any temptation to connect with the cyber world.
Sadly, we had to come home and get back to all that comes with a busy life. However, it’s only a matter of time before we go back. Promise.