Our family vacation this year was visiting Glacier National Park in Montana. The upper part of the park actually extends into Alberta, Canada, making the entire area an international peace park.
As is typical with national parks, the scenery was spectacular. Additionally, the historic lodges nearly 100 years old were amazing. Of course, modern hotel conveniences such as bathrobes and spa treatments were not to be found, as it should be.
Also missing was 21st century technology. As is the norm in remote places, cell phone reception was spotty, and TV and Wi-Fi reception was practically non-existent, meaning that our two kids had to be entertained via other means. Hikes and horseback riding occupied our daytime hours, while family games of Uno took up a lot of time at night.
I’m happy to report that after five days of technology deprivation, our family survived. I must admit, however, that after we left Glacier and checked into a modern hotel, it felt like heaven to go to the New York Times website and to watch the NBA finals.
BRIAN CROSBY is a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District and the author of “Smart Kids, Bad Schools and The $100,000 Teacher.” He can be reached at brian-crosby.com.