Saturday, September 8, 2018

Los Alamos to Taos, New Mexico. No warnings apply.

Los Alamos never fails to sober me, not that such measures are often necessary.

Hans Bethe house. Please double-check this math for me.

Typical Cold War provisions, I'm told. We made do with wooden school desks.

Oppenheimer house. Still occupied, so only fence paparazzi are welcome.

I asked the director of the Hans Bethe house to recommend the best starter book for the Manhattan Project; she suggested 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos, by Jennet Conant.

Leaving Los Alamos was much easier than getting in. Less than an hour later, we were indulging in cheap gasoline in Espanola.

We made the quick trip from Espanola, NM to the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Wolfgang mentioned that he had never realized camping was available down this canyon road, so now he knows. We chose the Pilar Campground for its easy parking and available electric sites.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

San Francisco

We did spend some time in downtown Taos, as one does, and then I suggested we escape to Arroyo Seco and the Taos Cow

Taos traffic severed my last nerve, and this is how the frenzy perpetuates. A crazed driver temporarily throws his body at his horn, and the recipient passes it on to the next hapless driver. I love Taos, but its intractable congestion is putting it out of the relaxation zone.

Wolfgang Rebesky at Taos Junction Bridge, Orilla Verde

Swimming hole!

The Rio Grande Canyon was beautiful, though, and at some point unknown to me becomes The Rio Grande Gorge.

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maggie w said...

Probably when it becomes gorgeous. Um. No. Wait. :D

Thanks for these. Probably not getting up north til spring. <3

Good Luck Duck said...

Ha! Yes, Taos is Gorge.

Spring is a lovely time to be here.

Pat G. said...


Good Luck Duck said...

It really is, Pat. Beautiful part of the country!

Craig MacKenna said...

In the cleverly-named town of George, Washington is an entertainment venue called the Gorge. They say it's locally called "The Gorge in George".

Good Luck Duck said...

Haha!I like it all. I propose a town slogan: "George, Washington. Slept here?"

Barb said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful area. Looks like perfect weather, too. :)

Anonymous said...

109 East Palace is a fabulous book -- I've read it twice over the years, & is one I'll read again. Another that might be of interest to you is The Plutonium Files. Bigger book, some science-y type stuff, but fascinating to read about the very beginnings of the atomic age & how much was NOT known about radiation & it's effects. Very sobering.

Renee (Datil/North Ranch)

Jodee Gravel said...

I finished a book that's partly in Taos and thinking that's where we need to spend next Fall - and these pics really add to that decision! That cloud reflection is beautiful, and I love the balancing Jester.

Good Luck Duck said...

Jodee, fall in Taos is yummy.

Thanks, Renee, for confirming this recommendation. I've got it waiting for me at home when I return.

Very nice, Barb. You've stayed up there, probably?

Sherry said...

Gorgeous pictures Rox. Love seeing you are out and about. Wish I could see you, at least in the pictures. Hate hearing that Taos-big on my bucket list-is overrun like everywhere else. Some how I thought it was above all that.

MFH said...

This, THIS, is unconscionable!!! Ein Deutschlander NEVER admits s/he/it (sometimes run together so it sounds like the vernacular for feces with a drawl) doesn't know something!!

But the Taos balloon fiesta is still a relatively small & intimate event. It's usually a week or so after the Southern Extravaganza.

Glad yer keepin' those tires in shape. Have you read *The Round-heeled Woman*?

Sharkey33 said...

I bet that "swimming hole" is a natural hot springs bubbling up out of the Rio Grande! Might be why it's "rocked off."

Good Luck Duck said...

Sharkey, you may be correct. I can't confirm, but maybe next time.

Mike, this sounds true. Not good, but true. As I told you in email, I like the book and the term.

Sherry, Taos still holds magic. You just have to go the long way around to find it. It's worth it.