We’re a GeekFamily, It’s The Way We Roll

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Literally. Earlier this week our family returned from a quick vacation.  Now, I left my laptop at home, and while I brought my cell phone, it stayed turned off the entire time we were gone.  That doesn’t mean we were gadget-free during our vacation…we just adapted to our surroundings.

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If you listened to The GeekDads: Episode 38, you know that the GeekMom and I took the kids on a Disney Cruise.  We did NOT fly from Wisconsin down to Florida – we drove.  Yes, 21 hours in the burbmobile…thank you to whomever thought of in-van DVD players.

Twenty-one hours from Wisconsin to Port Canveral, Florida.  To aid us in the trip we had:

  • a Garmin Nuvi (never question the lady in the box…but that’s another post)
  • twenty-one family-friendly DVDs
  • seven MP3 players (for a family of six)
  • three Nintendo DS, and one Nintendo Gameboy Advanced SP
  • two digital cameras (we’re guessing that only one survived)

Our burbmobile takes six DVDs at a time.  We loaded up the changer and played in order.  I think we got through 8 or 10 of the DVDs on the round-trip.

Seven MP3 players – the GeekMom brought two – because she was listening to audio books and we don’t have a car-charger for either of her MP3 players. 

The Nindento DS and the picto-chat was really fun to watch in the Disney Cruise terminal.  Our kids were chatting with people they didn’t (knowingly) meet face-to-face…but hey, it passed the time between our check-in and when we were allowed on-board.

The digital cameras – well, I had one, my oldest GeekTeen had the other.  I put the family digi-cam in my swimsuit pocket and soon after jumped into one of the pools on-board the ship.  A less-than-family-friendly word escaped my lips when I realized what had happened.  The digi-cam is sitting in a container with uncooked rice in an attempt to revive it.  The jury’s still out on this one.

We had a fantastic time (and this GeekDad highly recommends a Disney Cruise for the family [or just the GeekMom and GeekDad]*), and the kids were troopers considering we spent nearly two full days in our van.

So what gadgets go with you when you go on vacation?

*this GeekDad is getting nothing for recommending a Disney Cruise – he’s just hooked on cruising with a magical mouse…

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