At some point in your life, you have been stuck in your hotel room by yourself, of course. It could have been a strange city, or an injury or illness. It could be a curfew, or unsafe conditions outside. And what if you did not have any television, radio, or internet? Could you keep your sanity, and fill the 24 hour space?
One such scenario is easily repeated, in our National Park lodges, where televisions are rare, and weather conditions can temporarily “shelter” even the heartiest travelers.
Rule 1: Bring a book!
Rule 2: Bring a deck of cards or small board game.
Rule 3: Bring something to write on (paper or ipad).
Rule 4: Bring a sleeping pill.
Rule 5: See Rule 1.
The most frightful thought for me, might be the absence of an internet connection! I think the older generation, basically anyone over 50, can find something to do. But I wonder about the twenty somethings? Think about it next time you are in a hotel room in a strange place. And what about food and water? They might be as scarce as decent entertainment.
It was a real struggle in Africa. Books were scarce out in the Serengeti. Reading lights were even more scarce. The sound of wild animals filled the air. It was unsafe outside of my room or tent. There are scarcely any lights out in the distance. It is an unusual sensation, one that requires some adjustment. Did I adjust? I managed, at best.
What would you do? What would you do?