Off the grid for the weekend

Tomorrow evening Sharon and I are heading up to Goose Lake for the weekend. My family has property there and my parents are currently on vacation “at the lake” as we say, so it’ll be nice to spend some time with them.

It’s somewhat amazing to me that despite being just a two and half hour drive from Edmonton, the area still has very limited cellular or Internet service. On the other hand, according to the 2011 census just 4300 people live in the entire Woodlands County, so it’s not like there’s a huge customer base. It appears that CCI Wireless recently extended coverage to the area, but it’s somewhat expensive. Just a reminder of how big Canada really is, I guess!

For me it’s an opportunity to go “off the grid”. I don’t think I’d ever attempt Paul Miller’s year without Internet, but a couple of days certainly seems doable. I’ll probably bring my Kindle and maybe even my laptop in case the urge to write strikes as it often does, but I intend to spend most of my time on the water or around the fire pit, beer in hand.

Mack & Sharon
Sharon and I at the Goose Lake sign back in 2008

Have a great weekend!