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Sep 23, 2016 - A volcano and a bomb

Today we headed out to Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Los Alamos division of the Manhattan Project National Historical Project. About 1.25 million years ago, a large eruption created the 13-mile wide depression known as the Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Valles Caldera was transferred to the National Park Service on October 1, 2015. The main road...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Los Alamos "Secret City", Bradbury Science Museum

The Bradbury Science Museum was awesome. I enjoyed reading bios of the participants in the development of the A bomb during the years 1943-1945. The scientists, families and support staff tried to live a "normal" life in a Secret City on a mesa in the middle of New Mexico. They had dances regularly. Music was mentioned a lot as well as outdoor activities of hiking, horseback riding and they even created a golf course. The lab still had many PHDs with support staff in every field of science, including computers, space, medical and nano...

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Oct 15, 2014 - A Treat for All the Senses - Los Alamos and Beyond

Yesterday was a perfect day in every way. We spent the morning in Los Alamos and the afternoon driving a spectacular road through the Jemez Mountains just outside Los Alamos. Everyone had a great time including Holly (very important). At 8:30 a.m. all three of us got in our reliable Honda and headed north to Santa Fe and then west to the city of Los Alamos. The city is situated on the top of a Mesa which we reached after a dramatic drive up a high quality highway. At 9:30 a.m. we were at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, which...

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Aug 26, 2013 - Rio Grande River & White Rock Cliffs / Canyon

We met Katie & Bill on a previous Sierra Club hike and enjoyed hiking with them. Consequently made plans to join them on a hiking foursome. The hike would be the Blue Dot and Red Dot trails in the White Rock area northwest of Santa Fe; White Rock is a bedroom community for the Los Alamos National Laboratory facility. On the outskirts of town the Rio Grande cuts into the Volcanic Basalt & Tuff, and over the millinia the resultant canyon is about 1,000 ft. deep. Our hike is down that 1,000 feet on a rocky, steep trail. Then we proceed along...

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May 31, 2013 - Los Alamos - the Atomic City

A visit to Los Alamos, the Atomic City, was our agenda another day, and we also visited the Valles Caldera National Preserve, just a few miles farther away. We took the truck since the national preserve was on a long gravel road. Fred really enjoyed Los Alamos, since he likes science so much. I enjoyed the history part of the town more than the science part - we spent time on a guided tour of the historical part and then did a self guided tour of the science museum. During the history tour, we saw some Puebloan ruins from the early 13th...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Town That Never Was

The Town That Never Was Monday we said farewell to Santa Fe and headed for Los Alamos, a place that will be remembered in history for as long as history is recorded. This is where the atomic bomb was designed and developed, and this is where the first three devices were built. No other single event has so changed the course of history. Our generation grew up with the story, and the mystique of Los Alamos is forever embedded in our minds and our memories. The first chain reaction may have occurred in Chicago, but the Nuclear Age began at Los...

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2012Hot2Cold

May 23, 2012 - Drive to Bandelier National Monument

From Tucumcari, we drove to Villanueva State Park. It was as pretty as ever but has only volunteers to operate it now. We didn't see the bear who was supposed to be wandering around on the other side of the river. Then we drove north to the Pecos National Monument. Lucy and Eric had not seen the monument before, but we were just as amazed to see it again. As we walked around the pueblo ruins, we could see many pottery cherds, some multi-colored, one with a glossy glaze. From there we drove to Bandelier National Monument campground. Again,...

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DallasAgain

Apr 22, 2012 - A really nice morning

April 22, 2012 We went to worship at Harry’s church, White Rock Presbyterian. Nice music, mostly due to a very gifted choir mistress, only 6 in the choir but they sang beautifully. Piano player left a bit to be desired. There were around 35 people at worship, no communion (oh, we picky Episcopalians!), and Harry preached a great sermon about the road to Emmaus and Howard Garder’s theory of multiple intelligences. Lots of gospel good news there, something I have a hard time finding in worship when I manage to attend. Gaia waited in the car...

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Apr 21, 2012 - still pilgrims, but also tourists

April 21, 2012 I am O-D-ing on New Mexico cuisine -- green chile cheeseburger and “sallys’ fries” (green chiles and cheese) for lunch, out to dinner at another great restaurant with Harry and Ron tonight. Bring on the blue corn tortillas and Christmas chile sauce! We spent the morning at the Bradbury Museum, learning about the history of Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project, and how the LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory) is working today. It is a pretty amazing place, doing all sorts of research in the areas of nuclear energy, medicine, and...

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Apr 20, 2012 - a really wonderful day

April 20, 2012 I have some great photos from yesterday, but can't seem to get them uploaded, so I'll just post this and try to do the photos later today or tomorrow! A couple of notes to myself, things I want to remember: The Centennial New Mexico license plates are the most beautiful turquoise color, if I lived here I would definitely want one. Now I remember the one thing about New Mexico that I am not in love with -- burr hitch hikers! When we were here in fall of 2010, they would grab onto Gaia’s legs when we walked around the...

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Oct 5, 2010 - going to Los Alamos the unconventional way

I started out thinking I would drive the Jemez (pronounced Hemess) Scenic Byway up to Los Alamos and White Rock and back again. But I took a side road to see the Gilman Tunnels, which were made to help loggers bring down Ponderosa pines, and decided to keep going on that road, since it comes out up on the mountain just a little East of where the scenic byway takes a right turn. The views and smells up in the mountain were marvelous. I didn't see any wildlife, but I enjoyed the ride. There are many places to park and walk through the woods...

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Jul 5, 2010 - End of Trip Report

Final entry, stardate....., oops, it is the final entry. I have to do this to get the map updated so I can order a book of our trip the map prints our entire route. I had a great time, with the exception of a shredded tire outside of Tonopah, NV and being routed through San Francisco. These were offset by having our Granddaughter with us and even being with her on her birthday, the many sites and memories created, spending time with the Kramers and the many great memories we gathered along the way. Thanks for coming along. We are already...

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