Friday, June 6, 2008

Scattered shots from the trip

The picnic area at McMurdo Station?No, White Sands National Monument. This was a cooool place that we enjoyed immensely. The sand was so white that it really looked like snow.

Snow dog?No, sand dog. Jasper had a blast running through the sand. He wore himself out.

Agggghhhh, monster!No, a plant holding the sand around its roots. This looks like someone from Sesame Street, I think, but I can't remember who.

More sand?Now this was really snow. Another trip highlight was the Cumbres and Toltec train ride that we took from Chama, NM. There were several inches of snow on the ground at the higher elevations. It was an all-day trip and we loved it. Highly recommended.
Mummified Native American baby?
Phew, not anymore! They seem a little defensive about the situation. Gee, I wonder how long they held out before bowing to decency and removed this exhibit.

JP could not pass up a trip to Los Alamos while we were in the Santa Fe area. Then we visited Alamogordo, NM and drove by the White Sands Missile Testing area. Atomic tourism.
This is "fat boy", named for Churchill, and like the bomb dropped at Nagasaki.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

The long trip back felt like thisbecause it was this! Yep, it was 109 degrees. PRM

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