Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Road Trip to Los Alamos, New Mexico

Today we went on a day long road trip to see the birthplace of the atomic age at Los Alamos.

We took the long way around to Los Alamos via hwy 4. This was a very slow highway up the mountain range and over to Los Alamos. On the way we stopped at the Pueblo of Jemez Visitor Center. P4141552

The actual Jemez State Monument is closed on Tuesdays.

We went up and up the mountain range until we came to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. We went over 9,000 feet above sea level crossing over this caldera, then went down hill to Los Alamos via 15mph switchbacks. Wonderful views but very slow highway.


We arrived at Los Alamos and had to go through a security gate to enter the city.


We went to the Bradbury Science Museum. This museum is devoted to the atomic age, from the creation of the atomic bomb to the present both non-military use and military use. The displays are first class with both pros and negatives on the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japan.

They had both casings for ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’ used on Japan to end WWII. P4141585


Then we took the short route home via Santa Fe New Mexico

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