I think sometimes people wonder what we do for entertainment since we don’t watch television. We do watch some television shows and have several DVD sets that we put on and watch every few nights. Both Sarah and I are big movie buffs and have watched many a movie over the years, though now we only have a few movies with us. I don’t mind watching t.v. shows on DVD though since there are no commercials.
Being a gamer made me think the game situation was critical to our plans to go on an adventure. We brought along board games that replay over and over well. Plus I brought along some of my card games, which we play pretty often. I went ahead and brought two of the board games that we developed (Zoning and Ancient Tactics) and I still get a kick out of playing them even though we have played them hundreds of times. The kids have brought along several kids games too and we occasionally have a family game night. I think it is good for math and social skills for kids to play board games. If I couldn’t have brought some games along I don’t think I would have set out on this adventure.
The difficult part of our entertainment setup is the video games. We left all our old video games back in Nevada and we only have a single laptop to use. Sarah and I used to have two computers and it was great to play games together. Now we have to share a computer again and some of the games we used to play have been abandoned for now. I did bring my video game controller and the USB device to use it so we still get to play some old school video games. The hardest part about playing computer games is trying to play online with friends from Carson. WI-FI is hit and miss and after not having it for a period of time, I end up having a bunch of blogging, writing and planning campsites to do. That doesn’t leave much time for playing online games, but occasionally I can squeeze a game in. One of my good friends puts up with my shenanigans though and has even gifted me some games so we can play together.
The biggest change in our nightly routine is the campfire. Sometimes we just sit outside relaxing by the campfire for hours. I am a busy body and have always had a hard time just sitting there doing nothing. Put a campfire in front of me though and I am hypnotized. I can sit for long periods of time without fidgeting or trying to do something. With all this entertainment at our finger tips, who needs a cable connection?