Along with camping with newbies, comes the temptation of bringing the digital world in the form of electronics, telephones, games and bluetooth earpieces into the camping experience. For me camping is a time to unplug from electronics and plug into the real world around us–nature. Taking in surroundings through sight, smell and sound opens us up to a world otherwise silenced by layers of digital noise and distractions. Sharing the etiquette of unplugging while camping went over surprisingly well with the teenagers but not so easy with one of the adults.
As we were sitting around the campfire enjoying our surroundings a very large bird swooped in and landed in a nearby tree. Very excited by our visitor I exclaimed, “There is a Hawk in the tree!” “What”, exclaimed my friend, “there is a fox in the tree?” With that statement howls erupted from around the campfire while further confusion of a fox in the tree plagued my friend. “Where is there a fox in the tree?” “No”, we all exclaimed. “There is a very large Hawk that flew into the tree right behind us”, I said. Confusion still on my friends face. With that I replied, “Take the bluetooth out of your ear and you will be able to hear better. “There is a hawk in the tree!” I said one last time. As the earpiece was removed there was a slight pause and an “ah ha” moment blossomed across my friends face. “Ohhhh”, he replied, “there is a hawk in the tree!” Smiles and laughter erupted with subtle jeering from fellow campers.
Take time to unplug not just out camping but at home and plug into your surroundings and those around you. If you don’t… you might find a fox in your tree.