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Santa Fe, Los Alamos and onto Arizona

Posted by on November 9, 2012

We stayed the night with Marcie and Deane last night.  We tried talking Deane into taking the day off but he had to go to work.  Marcie took us to the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

On our way to Los Alamos

The museum has artifacts and documents from the World War II Manhattan Project and has full size models of the Little Boy (the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan during World War II) and Fat Man (the bomb dropped on Nagasaki).

Detonator of Fat Man

The exhibits at the museum were very fascinating as well as the videos that were shown.  The history in this museum is amazing.  The film tells the story of the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos from 1942-1945.  A brief overview of the Manhattan Project is that it created the first nuclear bombs.  It was a research and development program by the United States with the UK and Canada that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II.  Albert Einstein actually urged Franklin Roosevelt to develop an atomic bomb before Hitler did.

Eventually Roosevelt agreed and the US attempt at building the atomic bomb was codenamed The Manhattan Project.

This was a notice to the Japanese people that bombings would continue if Japan did not surrender.

Letter from the President after the bombings took place.

The testing site (called Trinity Test) for the bombs was 200 miles south of Los Alamos in the desert.  As you can see in the photos, there is so much history behind the nuclear bombs here at this museum.

After a few hours at the museum, we went back to Santa Fe and had some lunch.  We had some very tasty sandwiches at a French Pastry Shop and Creperie.  The Croque Madame was very tasty.  If you have not had the luxury of having one, it is a crunchy ham and cheese sandwich served with a fried egg and Bechamel sauce.  Very tasty.

After having lunch, we returned back to the house and proceeded to pack up for our next journey down the road.  We did not really have a plan for today so we just decided to drive.  We stopped in Winslow for a bite to eat.  We pulled up some restaurants on the GPS and I googled DJ’s restaurant.  They got good reviews, so we decided to stop there.  We are now driving on to Flagstaff, AZ where we will stay the night.

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