Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moab Utah and the Great Technology Drought...

So why wasn't I posting for a few days?  The pic above should give you a hint, but just in case… I was more or less incommunicado.
A few years ago, my friend from Curve Dental, Andy Jensen and the rest of the Curve team invited myself and some other industry tech types to spend some time learning about their company and their "Fresh Web Based Alternative to Dental Software".
Since Curve is a Utah based company, they hosted this event in the small town of Moab, Utah to help show off the beauty of their state.  I owe them a debt of gratitude for that because I flat out fell in love with the natural beauty and otherworldliness of the geography.  Thanks Andy and thanks Curve.
I vowed that I'd return one day and explore the wonders of Moab further… and last week was the time.  Moab is one of those places that really words and/or pictures can't do justice to.  You truly have to experience the beauty and the incredible panoramas for yourself.  That truly is the only way that I feel anyone can really understand why I love it so much.
Interestingly enough, I found myself in a bit of tech isolation.  Sometimes "going remote" can be a good thing for me.  I don't like to be away from my technology, but on occasion a brief respite can be a good thing.  However, in Moab I found that the WiFi connection at my hotel was agonizingly slow and my phone service was spotty… when it worked at all.  I had gone armed with only my iPad, my Canon digital camera, and my iPhone.  The only thing that truly worked the entire time was the camera.  Hence, the lack of posts.  When you can't connect and are spending all your time outside, you can't do tech research for these blog  posts.  I mean, I love this blog, but if you've never done something like this, trust me, this is hard work.
The lesson learned?  Sometimes you just gotta unplug… even me.  I found myself very content to be remote and removed from the speed of my techie lifestyle.  There was hiking, exploring, roaming the desert in a Polaris 4 wheel drive ATV, and over 1GB of photos.  Not that I expect you to, but if you'd like to see a few of the tons of photos I took, you can follow this link to my Flickr set of the trip.  
 So the  point?  Sometimes it's OK to unplug & get away.  If it works for me… trust me… if can work for you too.  Also, I highly recommend visiting Moab at some point in your life.  If you choose not to, you're missing out on one of the most beautiful areas on the planet.  There is no other place in the world like this!!!

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