I spend a lot of time on the computer and my phone. It’s not by choice, but between my full time job running one of the best web design and digital marketing companies in the country (shameless plug and shoutout to Lifted Logic), creating content for Of Whiskey and Words, and also trying to grow its global reach I log a lot of screen time. Even when I take international trips I spend time answering emails, writing posts, or setting up the next thing. On this Grand Canyon rafting trip that’s not an option.
Being inside the rim of the Grand Canyon means no service. Floating down the Colorado River means no computer or tablet. Having to fit all my supplies in a backpack and a dry pack means no unlimited power supply. This will be my first trip since my cruise ship days where I am completely off the grid and I’d be lying if I said I was mad about it.
But what about COVID-19?!
-Obligatory Response about the COVID-19 Situation
To my non-medically educated mind, rafting the Grand Canyon seems like a relatively ‘safe’ trip. I know how that sounds, the trip where I could get heat stroke, bitten by a snake, or drowned is considered “safe”?
Of all the things I could go do, spending 11 days outside with only 10 other people seeing one of the world’s greatest geological wonders while sleeping under the stars (6 feet apart of course) seemed like to good of an option to pass up. Factor in the likelihood that my Grand Canyon rafting trip may be the only real trip I take this year, thanks to all the travel bans, and I wasn’t going choose to sit at home.
Please note in no way am I trying to disregard or downplay the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic. I’m aware of what’s going on in the world, the suffering that millions have experienced, the misery its brought to countless families, and the affect it’s having not just on the medical world but also on the world’s economy. I believe by taking precautions (N95 masks, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, social distancing, and being conscious of your surroundings you can minimize your exposure and risk. With all of this in mind, I weighed the risks of the trip and decided to proceed as planned.
I’m aware that this excursion is going to be different than most of the other trips I take, but honestly I think that’s what appeals to me most about it.
I get to live in the moment and practice truly being present.
I should have no worries about the past or future. No anxiety about which email to answer next, how behind a project is, or how I should have written more last night.
It is a refresher in my motto:
This must be the place
Which is something all of us could use a reminder in every now and again. As important as this trip is for challenging myself it’s equally as important to help me reset so I can face whatever else 2020 has to throw at me.