The Schertle family in Prague... Soon bound for points east in the USA
Our family is passionate about travel and the lessons we've learned while on the road. So far our trips have mostly been international, but lately our 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son kept pestering us about seeing our own country. So in a couple weeks, off we head across the US in our minivan. Being a teacher, I've got the time, but not the big budget so we'll be camping and sleeping on friend's couches along the way. Leaving from our home in the Bay Area of California, our focus this time will be the northern part of the country and east coast down to DC.
Don't worry, we'll have a few geek items packed in the van like our compressed air rocket and R/C gear. Using the launcher I designed for MAKE Magazine #15 (see: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/05/schools-out-go-make-something-...), we'll be shooting off rockets with friends as we head east. In Brooklyn we'll meet up with Breck Baldwin, who was presenting at the tent next to me at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Based on our enjoyment of all things that fly, Breck and I hit it off and we're going to have a build session of his flying "Towel" (cover of the current issue of MAKE) at his workspace in Brooklyn (brooklynaerodrome.com/). I'll swap him for a rocket launcher kit. We've been such fans of Maker Faire, we'll hit Maker Faire Detroit at the tail end, bringing a bit of rocket joy.
Compared to other trips, we want to have a rough agenda, but keep things more open. We would love to get some tips from other Geek Dads and Moms about places to visit in your neighborhood or favorites around the country. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more of our stories from the road.