Yellowstone going on the cellular grid?

January 21st, 2013 Yellow Stone Safari

We live in a cellular world.  Whether we like it or not, we are all on the cellular grid.  At times, it is unfortunate, but it is the future and the future is now.  Consequentially, it is tough to get away from it all, to have a bit of quiet time underneath the stars and their calming reflected light.  We need solitude.  It is a great form of therapy or, as Lord Byron famously wrote, “In solitude, where we are least alone.”


There is a difference between loneliness and solitude.  With Yellowstone, you will come face-to-face with solitude.  However, you are never alone in Yellowstone.  Nature’s songs crawls into your ears and the rejuvenating air dances with your nostrils.  Your heart transforms into a healthy and bumping dance club.  Constant distraction can tear down the soul and make it sick.  A sojourn with solitude – away from the grid – is often the perfect remedy.


Yellowstone going on the cellular grid?The National Parks, for the most part, have stayed off the modern grid, providing people a place of contemplation without any mobile interruption.  This may soon change.


In the article “America’s national parks weigh solitude against cellular access” Reuters reports, “Under pressure from telecommunication companies and a growing number of park visitors who feel adrift without mobile-phone reception, the airwaves in such grand getaway destinations as Yellowstone National Park may soon be abuzz with new wireless signals.” It is a strange thought, imagining an unseen grid closing in on Yellowstone, almost like prison bars.  The park helps open up the mind and heart, reminding one of nature’s beauty and inspires quiet epiphanies that may change a life.  Does the grid restrict the soul?


The response has been a mixed one at best.  Some prefer the wireless sanctity of the National Parks; it is an integral part of their experience.  Others, however, like having mobile backup; for them, it is comforting and adds a layer of safety to the experience.  Does the outdoor experience lose its meaning if one has a cellphone?  The answer is different depending on the person you ask.  For National Park administrators and managers nationwide, “to grid or not to grid?” is a difficult decision.  Among visitors, there is not a universal consensus.  Administrators cannot cater to just one viewpoint.


It is impossible to have a clear-cut definition of the Yellowstone experience.  Each person experiences something different; the soul is touched in unique and startling ways.  Should Yellowstone be on the grid?  It depends on each visitor and is a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer.  What do you think?


For more information, you can find the Reuters article here.


*Image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil

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