Three years ago I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii twice in three months. In June of 2012 I had a trip planned with my family and in September of 2012 I won a trip from a radio station. Those two vacations were two of the best I’d ever been on; I loved visiting our 50th state. When I went on that first trip I wrote a post about the best nerdy vacation spots.
I’m on vacation again this week. Alycia and I aren’t going to Hawaii, but we will be lounging by the pool in Las Vegas. In honor of a week off with my wife, here are some more nerdy vacation spots.
Risa is the logical conclusion in a society free from any “archaic” moral and ethical constraints. In the 24th century Risa is a planet devoted entirely to pleasure and seeking out whatever makes you feel good. The crews of the Enterprise and Deep Space Nine both visited Risa as did Captain Archer and his crew in the 22nd century. Actually, Las Vegas is a lot like Risa. People throw off their inhibitions in Vegas and hope that the stories don’t follow them home. On Risa people threw off their inhibitions, but they don’t worry about anything following them home. In a society where everything is tolerated except for intolerance, who would care if someone visited a brothel, lost 300 bars of gold-pressed latinum gambling and acquired any number of diseases?
I’m definitely a city dweller but Alycia loves the forests. Vegas really is my ideal vacation: sitting in the middle of an urban center with giant buildings all around me. Alycia on the other hand would love to be in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by giant trees. The forest moon of Endor offers the perfect camping vacation. The moon would provide plenty of hiking trails as well as the opportunity to sleep beneath the stars, including the Death Star. Also, from what we could see in Return of the Jedi, there aren’t a lot of dangerous indigenous species. If the Ewoks didn’t want to roast us over an open fire, then we could be their friends and treat them like giant teddy bears.
I do enjoy the vibrancy of an urban center, but even I couldn’t turn down a vacation in the Shire. I love cities, but I thoroughly appreciate the beauty of nature. With its rolling hills and pastoral setting, the Shire would offer the perfect place to unwind and relax. I can’t imagine a better location to sit outside and read a book or take a nap. The Shire also has my kind of nightlife. I’m not into clubs, but hanging out in a pub with my friends is a perfect night for me. The Shire seems like a great vacation spot, definitely worth the risk of hitting your head on a few doorframes.
Vegas may not be the Shire, but sometimes a vacation is more about simply getting away than where you’re getting away to. It’s been a full summer with a lot of great trips and ministry. But now I’m excited just to have some time to unwind and hang out with my wife.
What nerdy locale would be your ideal vacation?