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Adam, Brian, Carmen and Jeff discuss the activities they enjoy when escaping the workplace for a few days.
- Brian enjoyed reading Michael Lewis’ book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” on a recent vacation.
- Adam’s vacation time is more likely spent making home repairs than traveling to the beach.
- Vacation spots of possible interest to engineers (with apologies for being so US-centric):
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
- Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, England.
- The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
- Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour, in either Chico, California, or Mills River, North Carolina.
- Boeing Plant Tour in Everett, Washington.
- A rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center, located on Merritt Island in Florida.
- EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
- Chili Pepper Institute Garden in Las Cruses, New Mexico.
- Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia’s National Radio Quiet Zone.
- Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
- Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchison, Kansas.
- The Humongous Fungus in Malheur National Forest, Oregon.
- Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
- When it opens, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, Long Island, New York.
- Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
- Maker Faire (multiple locations).
- Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory Tour in Dresden, Germany.
- Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio.
- Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan (suggested by listener Allen).
- National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada (suggested by listener Eric).
- A 2013 issue of Popular Science magazine offered a list of the 25 Best Nerd Road Trips.
- Pepper aficionados are familiar with the Scoville Scale.
- EDN magazine offered a list of 11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers in 2014.
- A Rick Steves forum discussed European Attractions for an Engineer.
- U.S. workers get less vacation time than individuals in most other industrialized countries.
- On average, Americans only take half their paid vacation.
Thanks to Chris Reed for use of the untitled beach photo. Opening music by John Trimble, and concluding theme by Paul Stevenson.