Sunday, October 13, 2013

River Gear

Packing for a river trip is my least favorite of activities.  There are piles of fleece clothing to be stuffed into dry bags.  The meat needs to be cooked and frozen, the rest of the ingredients packed by meal so that everything can be found in a dry box.  The lists of equipment are stored in the computer, but everything changes by trip as group gear is assigned.  We are usually asked to take the kitchen box which holds plates, bowls, cups, and silverware for sixteen, pots and pans, knives, potholders, paper towels, Ziplock bags, trash bags, oil, flour, sugar, and the spices.   Even though we usuallly wash and put everything back in the box at the end of the last trip, my husband is always sure it needs to be re-done before we leave again.

But the really important other stuff must find a place in a dry bag or dry box as well.  Things like yarn and knitting needles...

Teaching the next generation to knit.

Joanne's summer project.
Brittany and Sarah learning by looking.
 Things like cameras...
Vicki digging for her knitting, Peter with camera safely hanging at the ready on his chair.

Things like books...

And journals...

Things like water color supplies...

IPods,  IPads, Digital gaming devices rarely show up.  While some of our techie folks carry solar chargers for their camera batteries, river time is considered too sacred to spend with a device.  It may be the one place where no ones' phone rings during dinner!

 So here is my question for you.  "Would  you be happy to leave behind your technology for a few days, for a week, or for (gasp!) a month?  And what would you consider important enough to pack and carry for a trip?

1 comment:

  1. Boy, it's been a LONG time since I spent unplugged time like this. I have relatives that lived in the Denver area and every other year we would drive out, rent a camper and travel around camping, cooking, hiking. Of course there was nothing to plug in back then. I spent a week on Cape Cod taking an art class and had no phone, TV or computer. It was difficult at first but as each day passed, it got a little easier.


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