Today Alycia, Clara and I are flying to Maui to spend a week on vacation with my family. I love my family and I love Hawaii, so this seems like the perfect combination. I’ve only ever been to Oahu before, since that’s where my grandma lives, so it will be exciting to visit a new island.
In honor of our trip to the Aloha State, here are some nerdy tropical vacations I wouldn’t mind taking.
The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies. I saw it five times in the theater in 1997 and saw the 20th anniversary release in the theater a few weeks ago. In the movie, Corbin Dallas wins a trip to Fhloston Paradise, a cruise ship that spends its days going from pristine beach to pristine beach and its nights sailing among the stars. In California we can go from the beach to the mountains in about two hours, but going from the beach to outer space is even more amazing. I’ve only been on one cruise in my life, just a little jaunt down to Mexico. However, being able to visit copious tropical beaches while enjoying the comforts of an exclusive cruise in space seems much better than a three-day trip to Ensenada.
In the Marvel universe, Wakanda is an African nation that is home to the most advanced society in the world. T’Challa, the Black Panther, is both king and protector of Wakanda. In the comics Wakanda looks like a wonderful place to visit; it’s like a tech nerd’s paradise in the middle of an African jungle. I imagine a country as advanced as Wakanda has figured out how to deal with the heat and humidity of a tropical environment. What better way to use advanced technology than to come up with an advanced air conditioning system?
I loved dinosaurs when I was growing up. What little boy didn’t love dinosaurs? I was fascinated by the giant monsters that used to walk across the face of our planet until they were destroyed by a giant meteorite. I saw Jurassic Park in the theaters on opening night and absolutely loved it. I read the book a few years later and loved that even more. The Lost World was terrible, I never saw Jurassic Park 3 and I still haven’t watched Jurassic World. However, even though the Jurassic Park franchise has left me wanting a little more, I still would love to visit the actual Jurassic Park. Sure it’d be humid and I might get eaten by a velociraptor, but I also might get to see a triceratops; I love triceratops.
I don’t think I’ll have to worry about alien mercenaries or dinosaurs on this vacation to Maui. My biggest concerns will hopefully be a little sunburn and getting Clara to sleep on Hawaii time instead of California time. I’ve got content scheduled to publish during my vacation, so you’ll see new posts over the next week. If I don’t respond to any comments or tweets, though, then I’m probably sitting on a beach somewhere hoping to run into Black Panther.
What nerdy tropical vacation would you like to take?