MacJournal Goes to Wisconsin

I gave a confession to make and I hope is that my boss doesn’t read the first part of this.

I am not a MacJournal user. That doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about it nor does it mean that I don’t use it. I am just not a user of MacJournal. I do keep a journal but it’s a book of paper on which I pen my thoughts of the day using my very special Papermate pen. It’s probably age related that I use this form for my journal. It’s not that I don’t like technology, for the most part, I have embraced it in all it’s forms. I have an iPhone 6, use MacGourmet Deluxe for my recipes and I’ve even started a story about my family history using StoryMill to do it. But for some reason, I’ve not been able to get on board the digital journal train.

Until this past week.

I’m on vacation — at La Pointe, Wisconsin. Yep, I drove almost 1,000 miles to be away from Western Pennsylvania to spend time overlooking the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. Our route was to go through the lower peninsula of Michigan, over the Mackinac Bridge and turn left to traverse the UP into Wisconsin.

The plan is to just decompress, unplug, go dark, whatever you want to call it. We made no plans except to have no plans. One thing we did do was to go on the Grand Tour cruise of the Apostle Islands. The 55 mile route took us from Bayfield to the most northern point of Wisconsin — Devil’s Island — and back.

We’ve eaten whitefish to our hearts content (not something you see in Pittsburgh) and we’ve walked around Bayfield where I picked up items that will end up as gifts for Christmas as well as the obligatory t-shirt that will notify everyone back home that I have been to the Apostle Islands.

Madeline Island is a wonderful piece of history. I deliberately use the word wonderful to describe this history of the area knowing full well how both adversely and favorably many peoples have been affected.  We’ve walked the red sand beach, watched sunrises over Lake Superior, collected rocks, sat by campfires, and read books set aside — in long, uninterrupted stretches of time.

And I used MacJournal to document it all.

In fact, I penned most of this blog post in the iOS version of MacJournal while aboard the Superior Princess coming back from our Lake Superior cruise. It was a bonus to be able to put down my thoughts and feelings while they were fresh in my head and my soul. It was easy to attach the images from my image library to my entries. I didn’t have to wait until I got back to the cabin and strain to recall the day’s events and my personal impressions of them. Nope. I was able to do a purging of my thoughts and feelings almost immediately.

I can’t say that this will make me forsake the paper and pen for MacJournal. But, I have been really and truly grateful to have an iOS and OS application that allowed me to pen so quickly the events almost as soon as they happened. Journal entries (at least mine) are not as specific as what I am writing here, but being able to capture my thoughts so quickly has been a huge bonus.

If my boss is reading this, I hope he’s a bit happier at the way it has ended.


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