Day 957: Touring Los Alamos

Today we visited Los Alamos with my parents.  Our first stop was the Los Alamos Historical Museum, temporary location for visitor contact for the newly formed Manhattan Project National Historical Park.  Unfortunately, there’s no Junior Ranger workbook for the Los Alamos location yet.  We did enjoy the museum:

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We next visited the Los Alamos Nature Center:

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The nature center has a dozen terrariums showcasing animals from the area:

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This Wolf Spider was the largest non-Tarantula spider I’ve ever seen:

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The kids experimented with the video microscope:

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This ant terrarium connected through a hole in the “ground” to this exposed ant colony below:

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Our last stop of the day was the Bradbury Science Museum, the de facto visitor center for Los Alamos National Laboratory:

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The museum deals primary with atomic weapon history:

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This interactive display allowed the kids to explore Los Alamos as it looked during the Manhattan Project:

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After our visit to Los Alamos, we returned to the RV where we had a birthday party for B and Bubbe:

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After dinner, my parents returned to their hotel in Santa Fe and M played with his new R/C car.  It was considerably cheaper to order the car directly from China, but it took 18 days to arrive from China, so we had to carefully decide where to have it shipped, and the intervening days were an agonizing wait for M.  We picked up the car yesterday in Santa Fe, and today M drove it around:

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It didn’t take long for M to get the hang of it:

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M’s stable of R/C vehicles:

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Day 956: Purim Prep in Santa Fe
Day 958: Bandelier NM, Valles Caldera NP

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