road trip


V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
Pixabay

Event Horizon

Steaming Pool of Freedom

Monday, Jul 4: 4th of July Fireworks Hot Spring Soak

View a fireworks show from the home of the Giggling Springs. Reservations required.
Pixabay

Event Horizon

Boom Town

Monday, Jul 4: 24th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The annual festival for family entertainment, with a lineup of New Mexico's favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale and NM Tech's famous fireworks display at dark.
V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Cigars and Jiffy Pop? Now that’s camping.

Film Review

Land Ho!

Old friends are the best friends in slow-moving road trip through Iceland

Old friends reunite for a slow-moving road trip through Iceland in the indie comedy Land Ho!
V.20 No.27 |

food

Road Trip Calorie Counter

Omaha to Albuquerque Edition

9:00 am Leave Omaha, NE

10:00 am 100 Calorie Bag Blue Diamond Almonds 100 calories

10:30 am 5 Nilla Wafers 88 calories

1:15 pm McDonald's in Ogallala, NE
Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich and small French Fries 780 calories

2:00 pm Zagnut bar 220 calories

6:00 pm Pueblo, Co. Cracker Barrel
Homestyle Chicken Dinner, with hashbrown casserole, greens (with bacon), a biscuit and a corn muffin 1418 calories

8:15 pm 3 Original Bulls-eyes candies 130 calories

10:30 pm Giant Chunky bar 570 calories

12:15 am Arrive in Albuquerque, NM

V.20 No.26 |

Albuquerque to Omaha Edition

5:30 pm Leave Albuquerque, NM

6:40 pm 1 carrot 52 calories

9:20 pm Arby's in Raton, NM
Max Roast Beef Sandwich and 2 piece Potato Cakes 870 calories

10:30 pm 5 Nilla Wafers 88 calories

11:00 pm Heath Bar 210 calories

Between 11:30 pm and 4:30 am
9 ounces Rio Grand Chile Pistachios 810 calories
1 package Jacklinks Buffalo Jerky 240 calories

8:15 am McDonald's in Aurora, NE
Big Breakfast 740 calories

10:30 am Arrive in Omaha, NE

V.20 No.21 |

Austin to Albuquerque edition

9:10 am Leave Austin, TX

9:30 am: McDonalds drive thru:
Sausage McMuffin, Hash Brown 600 calories
+ Eggs and one pancake from my kids uneaten Big Breakfast 327 calories

10:45 am: 2 servings Wheat Thins 290 calories

noon: 1 Nutty Buddie 310 calories

1:30 pm: Fort Sheridan, TX, eat lunch at K-Bob's Steakhouse
(sign on door warns air conditioning not working properly)
K-Bob Steakhouse's Famous K-Bob Burger with steak fries 1100 calories (approx)
K-Bob Steakhouse's Salad Wagon 200 calories (approx)

3:45 pm: 1/2 box Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits 600 calories

6:00 pm 1 single serve packet of Pringles 160 calories
1/2 bag Reese's Pieces 105 calories

8:45 pm 1/2 Oh Henry! bar 115 calories
1 Chick-O-Stick 240 calories

10:05 pm arrive in Albuquerque, NM

V.19 No.39 |
Socorronm.gov

Travel

John Bear gets nuked

A road trip to the Trinity Site

I went to the Trinity Site on Saturday.

The Trinity Site is the spot in the desert southeast of Socorro where scientists first demonstrated – in the beautiful desert no less – they could compress a ball of plutonium or uranium into a critical mass, causing a nuclear explosion. The United States would later demonstrate that such a device can turn people into star dust. Twice.

The site is only open to the public twice a year. I couldn't help but notice that the desert seems to have swallowed whatever was once there. There was some trinitite, greenish glass created by a fission bomb, but mostly just sand. Of course, the radiation levels are much higher than the surrounding area, but I was assured that they weren't anything to be afraid of. Still, holding radioactive glass wreaked havoc on my OCD. I am abundantly aware of my left hand as I write this.

One thing I noticed: When I travel into the desert, I am often overwhelmed with a sense of otherworldliness. The desert is a mystical place and I love to bask in it.
But it does not exist at the Trinity Site. The government nuked the mystical mysticism. I was at least expecting the feeling I got at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, the sense that something horrible happened here. But nothing. The absence of any profound feeling is scary.

So the government killed the magic and the desert ate the tourist attraction. My boots are still covered in radioactive dust and I appear to be growing a sixth toe on my left foot. Freaky.