Our holiday weekend was spent in the beautiful mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. It was my first time visiting the Tahoe area. I will certainly be returning in the near future! During my extended weekend in the mountains, technology was certainly in tow. Don’t get me wrong, our faces weren’t buried in our phones neglecting the beauty around us. We used or smartphone technology as a great resource for information, directions, entertainment and of course to take pictures! Everyone does, right, not really new news? I never really realized how much I rely on technology until I was somewhere unfamiliar and full of curiosity about my surroundings.
We rented a mountain home at about 6000ft. Although our voice service wasn’t 100%, Google maps was spot on. Winding up the mountain taking pictures while the directions are on speaker to our oasis for the weekend. Once we unloaded our luggage, music was hooked up to a speaker, we looked at places to grab bite to eat and checked the weather for the next day’s adventures all from the palm of our hand. We hung out on the beach pondering the sights before us, how deep is Lake Tahoe? Does Lake Tahoe ever freeze? What is the distance in miles around the lake? “Ok Google” technology answered all of our question in just a few seconds. By the way, Lake Tahoe is 1644′ at max depth, it never freezes and it’s 191.6 miles around the lake, earning it the title of the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada. Google maps suggested places to eat and drink along our drive. Foursquare welcomed us each time we entered a new little town on the route, offering suggestions based on my past ”likes’. I remember camping as a kid, my mom with the map on her lap looking for the exit to the campsite while my father barked “Where do we turn?!” Long gone are those days. Thank God.
So, don’t bury your face in technology, embrace and enjoy the resource it can be for you in this adventure called Life!