But I want to get some posts written about the places Ed and I got to visit this week, and schedule them for publication a few days apart, so they will show up while we are on the move. As of Tuesday, Sharon and I will be on our way to Texas to get our vehicle tags and driver's licenses updated. As soon as we get that business done, we'll be on our way west again, with no particular plans on our agenda, other than "maybes". Maybe we will go to Colorado, or maybe we will head back toward Payson to be with some friends and help them out. If we can't help them, maybe we can at least keep them company for awhile through some difficult times they are having. We still plan to go to Colorado after that, though... and maybe even farther north for awhile.
On Tuesday, Ed Helvey and I decided to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. Ed being an Air Force veteran had an interest in seeing it. Sharon and I had visited the museum in 1994 when it was called the National Atomic Museum and still on Kirtland Air Force Base. At that time, we were even allowed to drive our 40-foot Bounder onto the base. Our toad was at the Ford dealer that day, getting a new fuel pump installed. But on 9/11/01 all that "permissiveness" changed and the museum shut down immediately that morning under heightened security measures on the base, never to open again at that location. For a while afterward, it moved to the museum section of Old Town Albuquerque, until property was purchased near the air base, but yet outside of it, and then it was renamed to its current name and opened here in 2009.
|Terrier Missles guard the front plaza.|
|A Redstone rocket stands sentry at the entry drive.|
|An F-105, an A-7 and a F-16 guard the front fence.|
|Ed looks over the display of the Fat Man atomic bomb (replica) and B-52 airplane.|
|An atomic cannon, capable of launching a 280mm projectile.|
|The plaque for the atomic cannon.|
Although we only spent about three hours there, we didn't read every display board in the museum. We sat through a couple of videos, and read what was of particular interest to us, but skipped over many things. A person who was actually studying the history of the nuclear age, could easily spend all day here, if not more. There were also a few other items on display, too, such as these pieces of the Berlin Wall and the barbed wire that topped it.
|Chunks of the Berlin wall with pieces of barbed wired topping it.|
|A stainless steel bodied Delorean auto with the "Back to the Future" display.|
|An early Mustang with a "66ROUTE" license plate.|
My next two posts will be about our brief visit to Old Town Santa Fe, and then our drive to the very top of Sandia Peak.
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This has been a rough month at this particular location, but the reasons for it will be explained in future posts. Just know that it has nothing to do with us, or with Ed. As Yogi Berra used to say... "It ain't over till it's over"... on Tuesday. Enough said for now.
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