Using Technology While Getting Away From It All

Our ride back from hunting was nearly 4 hours. I rode shotgun, Lydia drove, and I enjoyed watching the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain views roll past us. I couldn’t help but dream whenever I saw a cabin tucked in the mountainside. I didn’t count them, but there were certainly hundreds of them.

No, this is not photoshopped. You see these scenes all the time when out hunting.

I said aloud, “How I would love to live in the mountains. Just give me an Internet connection, and I’d be fine.”

Micah, the hunting party’s teenage comedian, piped up. “Sure, Dad. As long as you could check your Facebook, you would gladly escape civilization.”

Facebook + Hunting…Is This Right?

This is a profound thought. Go with me on this, because my use of technology these last few days was probably the best use of technology that I’ve ever implemented. I have some thoughts that you may find helpful in your technological journey.

Days before the hunt, I updated my family’s iPhones to 4S’s. (I didn’t buy into the 5.0 frenzy for good reasons, but that’s another story.) My daughter Lydia and I were able to take beautiful pictures, connect with our friends through social media, and keep the family back home updated.

I can hear you now: “Wait a minute, aren’t you out in the wild escaping the sterile world?”

Good point, and I feel almost hypocritical. My technical agility in the deep woods doesn’t sound right. I’ve been an advocate of a compass and a map for years (e.g. don’t depend on the GPS), and I still believe in the fundamentals of survival and rustic adventure.

But I gotta tell you, it sure was fun chatting with my Facebook friends during the hunt. I posted sunrises and sunsets, scenes from the tent life, and (of course!) the exciting venture of Noah – my 14 year old son – harvesting his first elk.

When Technology Is Good

Deep thought:

Technology is good when it enhances the natural.

When it gets in the way, it’s at best experimental and needs more development, sometimes worth discarding altogether. This came true this hunting trip more than any other, particularly in the following three ways:

  1. Photos. This is the first time I relied on my phone alone for pictures. I used to carry a nicer camera to fully grasp the beauty of the environment. Sure, it still isn’t as great as the actual experience, but the convenience of a pocket phone is much better than a clunky LRS camera.
  2. Facebook. I found myself reliant on social media much more than other communications (i.e. email, texts, telephone calls). If you were connected, you got to experience the trip with me. What fun it was to post the joy of the hunt in real time to thousands of others.
  3. Facetime. There is one special group of people who will someday enjoy the elk hunt, but aren’t allowed quite yet: my little kids. The joy of hunting is reserved for the teenagers, but I was able to Facetime Wendy after Noah harvested his elk. The story of the hunt was shared with the rest of the family live.

I feel like I’m onto something here, and it walks hand-in-hand with my posts here at I’m a self-employed dad who enjoys blogging about my projects and business ventures. I’m an advocate for fundamentals – core values that make business and life successful – and I want you to come along and grow with me.

When you can stay true to your principles and utilize technology to enhance your good work, then you’re onto something good. And this all came true this week while hunting. Thank you for enjoying it with me.

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