Trip Across The USA 2000


New Mexico

Downtown Santa Fe where the
Native Americans sell their crafts

Cynthia at our hotel (Inn on the Alameda)

Everything is adobe in the downtown area

Cynthia at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
One of the main attractions in Santa Fe

Cynthia at the "Flea Market" outside of Santa Fe.

The old fashioned stainless steel dinner
on the way to Roswell

The old fashioned stainless steel dinner
on the way to Roswell

Even Wal Mart believes that
there are Aliens around

I caught one of the Aliens

Carlsbad Cavers, One of the largest caverns in the world

A stalactite about to join a stalagmite

Stalactites on the cavern ceiling

Before departing Roswell, we acquired this pass to Area 51 which
is located just north of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Those UFO fans will note
the importance of this.  The rest of you should ask your
kids what it all means.  If we do not return as planned in early
November, you will know that the Government Authorities
 have gotten to us.  "May the Force Be With You"

At the Alamogordo Space Museum
The upper section of a Saturn Rocket

At the Alamogordo Space Museum
One of those supersonic sled used to test pilots at high speeds

At the Alamogordo Space Museum
A Nike missile.  For you younger kid who think that
Nike only refers to tennis shoes, you are WRONG

The Visitors Center at White Sands
Check out that blue sky.  No smog out here.

The road in the White Sands National Monument

More pictures of the vegetation and sand

The transition from desert to the white sands

Visitors playing in the sand

Cynthia by the sand

Picnic areas with sun shelter

How they clean the sand off the read

The Very Large Array Radio Telescope Facility
6o miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.
There are 27 of the antennas  They are moved around 
on railroad tracks to form different configurations over a possible
distance of 13 miles outward from array center.  The antennas act
together to provide for an enhanced radio telescope
image of the heaven.  Each Antenna weighs 230 tons
 and the dishes are each 82 feet in diameter.

A row of antennas.  Their basic formation is that of the letter Y

There is a repair building for the antennas

The Trinity Site

The Trinity Site is ground zero where the first atomic
bomb was detonated.  This is located in the northern
portion of the White Sands Military Missile Test
Site.  The entire test site is about the size of the
State of Connecticut.  The White Sands National Park
with the beach sands that we visited a few days
ago is located at the southern end of the test site,
and it is open every day of the year.  The Trinity Site
is open two days a year.  One of those dates is the
first Saturday in October.  The other date is in
the Spring.  By the traffic we saw at Trinity, we estimate
that there will be several thousand visitors today.  The
government has set up basic facilities for the tourist to
include portable restrooms, and there are outside vendors
with eating facilities and souvenir stands with post cards etc. 

When the first bomb was constructed, the scientists were
not sure that it would work.  The bomb's explosion is
the combination of two detonations.  First, there is a conventional
gunpowder explosion that compresses the radioactive material
into a critical mass.  At that time, the critical mass of radioactive
material then sets off the nuclear explosion.  If the second stage
nuclear explosion failed, the steel vessel would contain the
radioactive material which would be recycled into a second
attempt at building a bomb.  At the last minute, they decided
not to use the steel vessel.  Since the vessel was already
at the site, they left it near the bomb at ground
zero to see if it could survive the nuclear explosion.

There are many photo exhibits that were set up for the
day at the Trinity Site. Above is the original steel
vessel (that was NOT used for containment) prior
to the explosion. It remained at ground zero (empty) during
the nuclear explosion.

The Bomb was elevated about 100 above the ground.  A tower
was constructed for this.  The base of one of the legs
of the tower foundation still exists.

There is a monument at ground zero

A model of the first A-Bomb was on display at the site.
However, the  first bomb itself was spherical in shape.
The above is the shape of the bomb dropped on Japan
with tail fins.

The Albuquerque Annual Balloon Fiesta
This is the gasoline powered fan that is used initially to inflate the
balloons on the ground before the propane heater is used

The colorful interior of a balloon

Getting ready for lift off

A few of the hundreds of balloons at
the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Mesa Verde, CO

Located near the Four Corners area, Mesa Verde is
perhaps the most complete and well preserved Native
American Cliff Dwellings that have been found so far.
Overlooking the Dwelling called ''Cliff Palace''
In order to judge the size of the settlement please
note the tourists in the right side of the photo.

A close up photo of the dwelling

A portion of the settlement that is not in a cliff cave environment