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Summer Unplugged: A Technology Detox

July 28, 2017 | Jen Lopez

by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

Whether it’s work related, educational, or social, technology has been a focus of nearly everything we do. Believe me, I get it. As a digital content coordinator for Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, my job revolves around the stuff. I live on social media, but that doesn’t mean I thrive on it.

Sonora Pass Stanislaus National ForestI’m a Tuolumne County local, and I take pride in where I live, so it is important for me to take advantage of my location. With Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, my backyard is pure bliss when I take the time to enjoy it. Being in nature always allows me to get acquainted with myself without the pressures of a “like” or a “follow.” Just a few hours unplugged in nature refreshes my mind, increases my energy, and improves my problem-solving skills. I find myself being the most creative when I’m hiking around Pinecrest Lake or taking in the fresh spring air and wildflowers of Red Hills in Chinese Camp. When it comes to life outside of work, less posting equals more living.West Side Trail

There’s nothing quite like going a bit off the grid to disconnect from the cyber stress and plug into the Earth’s natural source of energy. The goal is usually to go beyond the bounds of cellular reception and take in the adventure now to post about it later. I came up with a list of activities that I’m looking forward to accomplishing this summer that are sure to inspire a technology detox.

Summer Unplugged Bucket List:

  • Go kayaking at a lake in the High Sierra! The Pinecrest Lake Marina has kayak rentals for affordable prices by the hour! Never been? The ‘Dock Crew’ is super friendly and always happy to give a quick overview on how to not flip your kayak over.
  • Whitewater rafting trip with friends! Local rafting companies offer excellent excursions (I haven’t been but it’s on my list!) Their Tuolumne River trips are a must!
  • Hetch Hetchy ReservoirHike to a waterfall! Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is an 5.5 mi/ 8.8 km trek round trip, and the water is roaring this year! (BONUS: it’s of the quiet part of Yosemite and 95% of visitors never even experience this area of the park)
  • Do yoga in a wilderness meadow! Kennedy Meadows Yoga, hosted by Mountain Om Yoga is the epitome of a serene unplugging vacay! The yogi girls are #Goals and combine that with the Emigrant Wilderness #Views and I’m so there!

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