Weekly Roundup: State Park Wi-Fi Edition

state park internet

photo by: compujeramey

USAToday.com ran a story yesterday about more and more campgrounds and state parks offering Wi-Fi internet access. Am I the only one who thinks this is overkill? It is bad enough we can’t go anywhere in the United States without someone texting, iPhoning, Blackberrying, emailing, or Bluetoothing someone back at the office. Now we can’t even unplug and decompress at a state park. I guess travel enthusiasts will see this as a convenience perk, but I see it as yet another way work is creeping into our home and leisure lives. Folks, leave work at work and enjoy time with your loved ones. When you are on your deathbed you won’t look back and think, “I’m so proud I got that proposal out in 2007 under such a tight deadline.” You will reflect on the thing that should be number one in your life now – your family (climbing down from my soapbox). Let’s get on with the roundup, shall we?

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  1. Nice pic!

    Yah, whether it’s for work, blogging or just surfing – getting away is supposed to be getting away.

    By the way – Being Frugal’s link is incorrect.


  2. Thanks to both of you for the heads up on the Being Frugal link. I’ve made the correction. That’s what I get for writing roundups at 11:00 Friday night!

  3. I agree with you on the wi-fi in campgrounds – it is quite silly, really. What’s the point of getting away…if I cannot get away!

    Thanks for the mention!

  4. Nooooo! Camping is the only place my husband can’t access his BlackBerry and the kids love it (not to mention my feelings on the subject)! No! No! No!

  5. What about sightseers using the internet to look up information on the local flora and fauna, or the geological and archaelogical history of the area?

    I mean, take a look at the Wikipedia entry on Zion Canyon National Park, and the National Park Service website. Who wouldn’t want to have that kind information at their fingertips?

    My family used to bring stacks of guidebooks along on every vacation. Now we bring a laptop and we don’t have to spend any money, fill up shelves, or weigh down our luggage.

    Using the internet gives people the freedom to change their plans. No matter where the road takes you, you have the information you need to get the most out of it, and you know you’ll be able to find your way home.

  6. @Sarah: Thanks for your comments. You make a valid point. I guess since I am a low-tech guy, for the most part, I tend to lean towards keeping tech away from natural resources such as state parks, etc. I would prefer people enjoy the beauty of nature and the world around them rather than stare at a laptop screen.

  7. Lots of folks full time in thier RVs too. For them they have two options for internet service – satellite which can be quite expensive or campgrounds with free wifi.

    I have a pda phone but when we camp it stays in the truck or camper and is only checked periodically for missed calls from family. If I take vacation days i usually check emails once a day in the morning since i am up 1-2 hrs before anyone else in the family.

  8. i have to disagree with you about the wi-fi. one of the reasons we wanted to become financially independent was so we could travel with our sons for weeks at a time — we use our laptops to e-mail with friends and family, upload pictures to flickr, watch movies, play games, and yes, even keep track of work! :^)

    a blogger last year announced he was taking a long vacation without his computer and while he was gone someone hijacked his domain! staying connected helps me relax because i know everything’s still okay at home.

    with wi-fi at the parks and campgrounds, we don’t have to go hunting for a hot spot in town. so we give this trend a big thumbs-up!