Atomic City Explorations

As certified science geeks, we could not visit northern New Mexico without making a stop at Los Alamos, home of the scientific laboratory component of the Manhattan Project which created the world’s first nuclear weapons. The extreme secrecy of the project’s purpose and location – personnel, supplies, and mail all arrived in Santa Fe – … Read more Atomic City Explorations

Change of Plans in Walsenburg, and Technical Difficulties

When we originally planned our summer sojourn in Colorado, for this past week we had penciled in a stay at yet another scenic national forest campground near Salida/Poncha Springs — O’Haver Lake. But several weeks ago we reevaluated our situation and decided that we wanted to do something different. O’Haver sounds very charming, but it … Read more Change of Plans in Walsenburg, and Technical Difficulties

Enjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

One place that we did not want to miss on our grand summer tour of Colorado is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Although this park seems to be one of the lesser-known national parks – perhaps because it was only upgraded from a National Monument to a National Park in 1999 – we … Read more Enjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

East Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas

After our encounters with snow and freezing temperatures in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, it was with great rejoicing that we arrived in Las Vegas to sunny days with temperatures climbing into the 70s. My own enjoyment of Las Vegas was short-lived, however, since we were in town primarily for my airport access. East Coast … Read more East Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas

Punched in the Face by Shoulder Season in Flagstaff

Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of RVing — a trend that we are obviously a part of — in order to secure camping spots in the most popular destinations we have to plan our travels around school vacations, holidays, and other markers of “high season.” In part, this means planning fairly far in advance and … Read more Punched in the Face by Shoulder Season in Flagstaff