CAN WE REALLY UNPLUG?
There has been a lot of talk lately about getting away from it all and unplugging from our fast paced technology driven lives. I agree, we should get away and just be. But for some of us, part of our day to day incorporates technology to the point that we can use the force, so to speak even when in the great outdoors.
Capturing a stunning sunset on the Dan River at Staunton River State Park on November 9, 2014
Here's the thing with Staunton River State Park(above) is that it is actually me taking the photo of her taking a photo! So while I was there, with my digital SLR taking sunset photos, she took out her iPad and took some to snap chat to her friends. Was that so wrong?
Is this that much different to the post cards of old where we wrote "Wish you were here?" Other than the week or two it took for the postal service to deliver it once we finally found a stamp and mail box? This really is a real photo of “here” and sending it to a friend or family member.
Yes, it is instant gratification, it is what it is. It is difficult to turn back now, but instead of disliking and fighting it, there are times when I am just going to say if you aren't going to unplug it, then "Embrace the force!"
What does it really mean to unplug?
As much as I would like to unplug, somehow I am never at a park long enough to do that. As much as I enjoy sitting along the river listening to the ducks, hiking the trails, or watching the sunset I am still very much connected. I am connected to my current life and somehow very connected to the beautiful surroundings at the park. I guess the real question is:
CAN YOU EVER REALLY DISCONNECT?
Fall is a gregarious time of year at Staunton River State Park where she shows off immensely
The cabin area at Staunton River State Park is a Kodak moment in and of itself
Crunching leaves with every step on the trails
The stillness of Buggs Island Lake drew me in at Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park is just one of Virginia's 36 state parks
Located in the heart of Virginia, about 25 miles from the North Carolina border, Staunton River offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts. The 2,400-acre park offers woodlands, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers.
Cabins built in the 1930s by the CCC and a campground offer overnight lodging. The equestrian campground offers large campsites and horse stalls. Access to Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, offers freshwater fishing and boating, along with water skiing and many other aquatic activities. The park also has Olympic-sized and wading pools, picnic shelters, three playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, several boat launches and more than 17 miles of multi-use trails. River Traders, just outside the park entrance, rents canoes, kayaks, jon boats and pontoon boats.
Learn more hereabout this breathtaking state park