36 hours without opening a computer

Replica ship Mayflower II at the State Pier in...Image via Wikipedia

I must be crazy. I love working on the computer but some of the best days of my life have been ones where I did not touch a computer. I just went 36 hours without opening a computer. I did not even twitter, and only took a few pictures (of birds and a sunset, so nothing techy there either). I did give computer related advice to someone at the Tourist Information Center, and talked tech for a few minutes with my dad, but that was just talk, I did not touch their machines.

My computer was running on battery in the van the whole time, ready to go at a moment’s notice. I had pulled up maps and destination and activities info, and I had 20ish unread posts waiting to be read. I was prepared and planning to use the computer, but never got around to it. Tabetha did use the activities info at one point but I did not find-out about it until the trip was over.

Hey wait a second! What trip? Oh yeah, we went to Plymouth, MA yesterday. It is only about an hour away as long as you do not get caught in construction. We did, but it is still a short trip. We spent the night in Miles Standish State Forest. It was really nice. We are definitly going back Miles Standish next summer and we are going to spend several days next time.

Best $32 dollars I ever spent.

Our original plans were to go to Edaville for free, but they had a special event this weekend and this weekend was all we had available. I am glad that did not work out now, although at the time I was a bit disappointed. Instead, Tabetha got us discounted tickets to Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II. Total was $32 dollars for 7 people for two full days of fun education. I was a bit skeptical at first but it turned out to be really awesome.

They had a historically accurate, working, native american village. I think one of the houses was new because it smelled like fresh wood (similar to cedar). They also had exhibits telling about the history and way of life of the Wampanog in the early 1600’s. I learned I lot more than I expected to.

Then we got to travel back in time to 1627 – seven years after the arrival of the Mayflower. The people living in the village, spoke, farmed, hunted, and went about everyday life as if the were still in the 17th century. One lady asked me what my occupation was and I replied that I work with computers. She heard this as working with computations and figured I was an accountant, and then proceeded to tell us about the importance of accountants in the operations of the trading ships but said that if I wanted to live there I would have to learn to do real work like, hunting, fishing, and planting.

The highlight for me may have been the spot we spent the least amount of time. The Mayflower II, a historically accurate, life-size replica of the original, still sails occasionally. Most of the time it stays in port as a tourist attraction. I knew the boat was pretty small, so that part was not a surprise, but it really helped to actually see the size, for myself. We were also struck with how close the cannon windows were to the water-line. If the windows had not been barred (modern safety precaution), you could have reached out and touched the water. With a bit of waves you would have had water coming in for sure.

We also saw Plymouth Rock and Town Brook. The rock is incredibly small and apparently was not that important to the people of the time but it eventually became quite famous as the place where the settlers, touched ground. It seems to be a bit more famous than the city.

It was a lot of fun to get away from the computer for a while, but it is also nice to be back connected to the “real” world. 🙂 Now I need to see if I can get some sleep.

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