We made it to Colorado today, and Connor and I are still speaking.
That means my no-electronics vacation experiment remains on track. Connor hasn’t cried out for his handheld gaming devices, portable DVD player or TV. So I haven’t had to play electronics cop and remind him of our agreement.
Undertaking the electronics ban was a risk on my part, considering we had a 900-mile drive from Dallas to Durango, Colo., followed by four days in a lakeside cabin. We’ve finished the two-day trek, so I’m hoping the hardest part is over.
Now, instead of riding in the truck for hours on end, we can hike, bike, canoe, go whitewater rafting or take a Jeep tour up the mountain.
“Awesome!” Connor said when we came over a hill and saw the gorgeous, glassy lake where we’re staying.
It’s surrounded by mountains covered with pine trees. The temperature was a cool 80 degrees, a welcome relief from the blistering 110 degrees we’ve endured in Dallas recently.
As we drove from the flatlands of Amarillo through New Mexico to Colorado today, the scenery gradually improved until it became breathtaking. We saw lush green meadows, babbling brooks and winding mountains passes.
Connor busily snapped pictures and shot video. OK, a camera is a piece of electronics – but an entirely different category than a video game device or DVD player. I readily approved the camera use because it’s interactive and creative. I couldn’t see taking a trip of this magnitude and not having a photographic record.
Connor read some more from his Halo book today, but the camera took center stage. As he snapped pictures, we talked about the sites. We interacted!
“I’m having a great time,” Connor said about halfway through the drive today.
I let out a huge sigh. So far, so good.
He began a video documentary on our trip, and I could hear him narrating in the back seat.
“Look at those mountains,” he said.
As a battle-tested dad, I’m not becoming overconfident. The whining and the “I’m bored” cries could start at any moment.
But I think the Colorado beauty and the outdoor activities may overcome the pull of electronics. We haven’t decided which adventure we’re going to undertake first. That’s for tomorrow.
Now, it’s dinnertime and I’m weary from two long days on the road. But I’m also delighted that the vacation is unfolding as I hoped.
Lake photo by Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group and courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office.
To hear how the trip went day by day, read all of the articles:
- A vacation without video games or TV? Wish me luck
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Day #1: A Good Start
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Day #2: “I’m having a great time”
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Day #3: The whitewater rafting adventure
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Day #4: The highlight of the trip
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Day #5: A new discovery
- Our Electronics-Free Vacation Conclusion: Success!