A Trek to See "Star Trek T.N.G." Anniversary Event

25th Anniversary already?

What a difference a few hours makes…  I was planning to take a trip later in the week to visit some camping / fishing / hiking areas in NE Iowa.  That has all changed… but for the better!


Monday, July 23rd, is a special day.  In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Star Trek – The Next Generation” (a.k.a. “T.N.G.”), there will be a special IMAX showing of two digitally remastered, high def episodes of T.N.G. at a theatre in Davenport, Iowa (near the Mississippi River)…
I have to be there.   Thankfully, there were tickets available for the late showing.  (Thinking ahead, a late showing ensures cooler “camping temperatures”.
One can skip funerals (except for your own), weddings (even your own), and such… but not Star Trek events…  At least this sci-fi junkie can’t.  Being a die hard “Trekker” and nerd for close to forty years, this is something of personal interest and importance. 
Nerd is the operative word…  During the teenage years I was active in amateur radio (ham radio) possessing an “Extra Class” license at age 16.  (The license is still current – callsign KMØI).  It was fun building “homebrew” transmitters, amplifiers, and stringing up homemade antennas  while friends played football and chased cheerleaders (the girls who never talked to nerds).
Years later, as a middle aged guy driving around and camping in a cargo van, it seems like the life plan is unfolding.  Living in a van is fulfilling a dream, including the thrill of installing and harnessing cool newer technologies (such as mobile solar, stealth wifi, and many on board conveniences).  It allows a person to use a variety of skills learned over the years, all the while exploring fun and exciting places.  It doesn’t get any better than this!
So, the next few days will be another opportunity to seek out new experiences: find a museum, perhaps discover some biking / hiking trails, visit another Anytime Fitness location, locate a municipal swimming pool, and cook something new and different.  The sky is the limit…    well, at least in this time period it is.  It might not be 300 years in the future.
A video from the earlier days of the “Trekker Van”….  There’s no room inside any more for the “transporter receiving pad”.  It was replaced by the microwave and toaster oven.
Now it’s off to clean the van and get it ready for the journey.  With a little luck there will be a posting on Tuesday at some point and hopefully some good pictures.
Have a most enjoyable week.  Do something spontaneous.  Be open to adventure!  Above all else…

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

2 Responses to A Trek to See "Star Trek T.N.G." Anniversary Event

  1. Ya know, beaming down from a sterile space ship is one thing, but beaming up from the outdoors might be another. They never did explain what would happen if a fly landed on your shoulder!

    If you start sucking up your food rather than chewing it, you might want to go get checked out!

    Anyway, we hope your molecules are all back in the right order (and no extras), so go have a fun trip! I’m sure that all of us wish we could do all the fun things in life! But some of us have to man the bridge! (Besides, that’s where most of the cool toys are!)

    • Brad says:

      Hi John,

      I won’t be one of the first people to try a real transporter… Nobody wants his/her molecules scattered across the universe.

      Manning the bridge is fun, too. I miss working and bringing in some money at a job that doesn’t destroy the body in the process. I’ve all but given up on working on the feet and am exploring other options so the fun can continue on the weekends.