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Los Alamos, New Mexico Day 3 (GA247)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,500+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

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The motorhome is parked at the Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here for a while.

 

This entry was posted September 27, 2012…

 

The motorhome is now parked at VFW Post #8874 in Los Alamos. I expect to be here several days.

 

 

Because of my central in-town location, yesterday I walked about five minutes to arrive at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. It’s rather small, but very interesting.

 

 

Los Alamos is a picturesque place built upon four mesas at about the 7,200 elevation level. It was the location of the secret town where the first atomic bombs created for World War II were assembled. You can read all about Los Alamos by clicking this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos,_New_Mexico

 

 

The making of the atomic bomb was known as the Manhattan Project. To read about it, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project

 

 

Here are some photos from yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first atomic bomb test was conducted at a place known as Trinity Site, about 250 miles south of Los Alamos. It’s only open to the public twice a year…the first Saturday in April and October. I happened to be in New Mexico in April of 2007. Here’s the link to the photos I took there…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/TrinitySite

 

 

Enjoying interesting historical locations is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

 

 

In other news…

The accident happened four months ago today. I remain wearing my elastic chest bandage until 2:00 PM daily, taking Ibuprofen twice a day and icing my chest twice a day. If you missed the Blog entry about the accident, click this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-4Eh To fully understand this tragic accident, you’ll need to read the several subsequent Blog entries. It appears it’s going to be a long, slow healing process.

 

 

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

  TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE
TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!
Mary did not post this date.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 78 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken at Rogue River, Oregon, October, 2017…

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2018

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Trinity Site… In The Middle Of Nowhere – New Mexico (GA73)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. I expect to leave here May 8th. While here, I’ll be doing routine maintenance, repairs and general cleaning.

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

 

 

In 2011-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted April 7, 2012…

 

 

 

On July 16, 1945…about 60 miles northeast of my current location in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico the first atomic test blast occurred at a location called Trinity Site. This is an actual photo of the blast 15 seconds after detonation as shown in the below Wikipedia informational link…

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the magic of Google Earth…this is what Ground Zero looks like today…

 

 

 

 

 

This Google Earth image shows the relative location to the Trinity Site and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico…

 

 

To read all about the Trinity Site…click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_%28nuclear_test%29

 

 

The Trinity Site is open to the public only twice a year…the first Saturday of April and October. Five years ago tomorrow…on the first Saturday of April, 2007…I got to visit the Trinity Site. To see the 32 photos I took while there…click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/TrinitySite

 

 

Trinity Site was a strangely emotional place to visit. It had such an impact on the World as we know it today. I’m glad I had a chance to see this most unusual place in person. It’s another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle…visiting unusual places.

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/easter-lore-and-food/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was sunny and 86 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny  and 90 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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Los Alamos, New Mexico – Day 5

The motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #8874 in Los Alamos. I expect to be here for a couple of more days.

Because of my central in-town location, yesterday I walked about five minutes to arrive at the Bradbury Science Museum. Being an ex-engineer, I found it to be a very interesting museum. Here’s their website link…
http://www.lanl.gov/museum/index.shtml

This Wikipedia link will tell you about Norris Bradbury for whom the museum is named…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norris_E._Bradbury

From the museum brochure…

History: After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, the United States began a secret project, called the Manhattan Project, to build a new atomic weapon. The mission to build the atomic bomb brought scientists from around the world to Los Alamos. Their work would affect not only the small mesa-top town but would change the course of history.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a scientific research laboratory focusing on National Security. The Laboratory was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the nation’s top-secret program to develop the atomic bomb.

Since 1943, the Laboratory has strengthened our national security by developing and applying the best science and technology to these three primary goals:
* Ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent;
* Reducing global threats; and
* Solving other emerging national security challenges. 

The total lab area is 36 square miles. There are 47 technical areas. There are 2,000 facilities/buildings. There are 11,837 employees including students, consultants and special program guests. Of these numbers about 4,000 are scientists and engineers. The protective force is 419, other contractors 606 for a total of 12,862. The total annual budget is $2.0 billion.

Here’s the Wikipedia link that will inform you all about the Los Alamos National Laboratory…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos_National_Laboratory

Here are some photos I took at the Bradbury Science Museum yesterday…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Enjoying interesting museums is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Los Alamos, New Mexico – Day 2

The motorhome is now parked at VFW Post #8874 in Los Alamos. I expect to be here several days.

Because of my central in-town location I walked over to the visitors center and picked up a walking historic tour map. It took me about two hours to walk the 1.4 miles taking photos along the way.

Photos of two museums and a lodge which I will tour in coming days will be shown at that time. I really like the ambiance feeling of Los Alamos. It’s a picturesque place built upon four mesas at about the 7,200 elevation level.

Los Alamos was the location of the secret town where the first atomic bombs created for World War II were assembled.

You can read all about Los Alamos by clicking this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos,_New_Mexico

Here are some photos from yesterday…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

In the afternoon I took the Bronco and drove back to the overlook where you have to drive up a long hill road to get to the top of the mesa. I elected not to stop here while towing the Bronco with the motorhome on the way into town. Here are some of the views from that overlook…

Enjoying beautiful unique historical scenery is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History – Albuquerque, New Mexico

A few days ago I went to the above named museum. During my working years, I was associated with the Nuclear industry for 20+ years.

Here’s the museum’s official website link…
http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

On the front plaza is a Terrier Missile launcher. The U.S.S. Boston CAG-1, was the World’s first-guided missile heavy cruiser and the first ship to carry the Terrier Missiles. I was stationed about the Boston from 1959 to 1962 as a Radarman.

I found this 50 second YouTube video of a news report of the U.S.S. Boston firing its missiles. Click this link to see the video…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghCaBHA8mD0

In the below photo are replicas of two famous atomic bombs. The green one was known as Little Boy and dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The yellow one was known as Fat Man and dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945…

To read about those two bombings, click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

In the below photo is a replica of a device called The Gadget. This was the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945 about 90 miles due South of my current location..

To read about that test blast, click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_%28nuclear_test%29

For a number of years I was an Industrial Radiographer (an X-Ray technician using radioactive isotopes as the radiation source). The below photo shows a meter similar to the ones I used to use to monitor the associated radiation levels of our work area…

This next photo is a model of a commercial reactor used as a power source to generate electricity…

The below photo is a diagram of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Station in Maryland. It’s one of the seven Nuclear reactors on which I worked during their construction…

To see the other 28 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/NationalMuseumOfNuclearScienceHistoryAlbuquerqueNewMexico

Because of my years of working in the Nuclear industry…I spent three hours in the museum and enjoyed it greatly.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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