The Monday Listicles topic for this week is “10 Clues That You Are Living in 2012″ courtesy of Anja at Cocalores. However, we are fresh off of a five family Big Love cabin camping trip, so we are leaning slightly in a different direction.
Erin: Slightly is an understatement. We were on a mountain with no television, no internet, and no cellphone. NO BARS, people!! We were out of this century, let alone this year.
Ellen: Instead of tweeting about a moment, we actually had to be in it. I mean if fun happens and you don’t tweet about it, did it ever really happen?
Erin: Melodramatic much? We did have our cameras and between the five women on this trip we have about 4,765 photos memorializing those precious moments.
Ellen: Digital photography was definitely allowed, much to our offsprings’ chagrin. So we weren’t doing it completely old school.
Erin: Close enough. So we are going to spin this Listicle as:
10 Ways We Opted Out of 2012 on Our Summer Vacation
1. We were reduced to antiquated modes of communication.
2. But we took it even more primitive.
This is Erin signaling to the others in our group that she had found the trailhead when we were lost in the woods. We call this “How to Signal When You Have No Signal.” The video is intentionally on its side to give it a gritty Blair Witch Project feeling. Orrrrrrr…in Ellen’s haste to capture the moment, she turned her DSLR the wrong way. Either way you look at it, it’s funny.
3. We went without GPS.
4. Our kids had to whittle their own toys. (Okay, it might look more like a weapon, but no squirrels, let alone children were harmed.)
5. We had Chicken Fights. (I swear we are not a violent people.)
Speaking of water…
6. We canoed.
7. We played in waterfalls.
Then we had more dry land fun…
8. We recreated our own Scooby Doo Cartoons.
9. We learned about nature without tuning into the Animal Planet.
10. We had one-on-one time with our kids.
BONUS: We recapped our day around the campfire instead of on Twitter or Facebook.
And the answer to the question, “If your friend jumped off of a cliff, would you follow?” is…
By Ellen Williams Erin Dymowski