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Just Mailing It In At This Point

August 12, 2016

I’m not working today. I’m not writing today. In fact, by the time you read this, I’ll be headed up into one of the most beautiful slot canyons in the world. 

Yesterday I told you about the ETW Express. Many of these posts describe the successes and sometimes failures of corporate IT life. I have a very demanding job. I often am on call for weeks at a time. I have a large family. I have responsibilities in my church services. And I have volunteer responsibilities. 

In other words, like you, I have a life. Most times, I really like my life. Other times it becomes a bit overwhelming. How we choose to recharge differs for each of us. I’m on a recharge mission this weekend. I, along with a couple of other scout leaders, am taking a group of 16 Boy Scouts into the wilds of Southern Utah for the next two days. Today, we are hiking Kanaraville Falls. Tomorrow, we will brave the crowds of Zions National Park and hike the Temple of Sinawava trail. It’s mostly walking through the river. We’ll quickly leave the crowds behind as we make our way upriver, eventually turning off into the Orderville canyon. 

These are all slot canyons, at times so narrow that you cannot see the sky above the canyon walls that rise 50, 60 even 70 feet or more on each side. The weather will be in the mid-80’s at the park and quickly drop into the 70’s or lower when we get into the canyons. At times we have to swim small stretches of open water. It’s a hike we do every year at the end of the Sumer. Last year, my son nearly drowned. (Well, maybe that’s too strong a term. He certainly gave us a scare.) 

The next three days will also be the Perseid meteor shower. We will be in prime viewing locations. I’ll be out of range of my cell phone, my boss and my client. They’ll be in good hands. 

I’m sure I’ll find business and life lessons during the trip to share with you next week and I hope to come back with great pictures. But for today, I’m just mailing it in. 

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday at 7:00 AM Mountain Time. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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