After a blissful three week hiatus from technology, I returned to over 300 e-mails, several voicemails, texts, Facebook messages, Linked In requests, Twitter trails, a literal mailbox full of mostly bills and advertisements and I was instantly grateful for the decision to savor every moment of our long awaited trip by turning everything off. Of course, it was fun to come home to some thoughtfully composed messages from friends and a pile of Harper’s, New Yorker, Smithsonian, New York, Smart Money, Edible Queens, and Alumni magazines from various universities (can you tell that we like to read periodicals?), but the opportunity to be unreachable, to have the all-consuming solace of the walk without having to be constantly available to anyone via Blackberry or Text is monumental. It is an anomaly for most trentagenarians to vacation unplugged and I am acutely aware of how very lucky we are to have the privilege of walking in silence.
But now is not the time for silence, it is a time for boisterous cheer! We walked over 200 miles and have about a story per mile to share. Over the coming days, I have much to report and I am going to begin with mostly logistical posts to give a more clear and accurate sense of the trip that we have taken. Fitting every stereotype of a paranoid “I-Trust-No-One-New Yorker”, I was reluctant to post any of the specific logistical details of my trip prior to our departure. Now that we’re back, it seems the best place to begin.
I know you’re wondering: Did she encounter the Black Adder?
All will be revealed in the coming days, dear reader. As always, thanks for following along.