Time for a rest day – Culture stop.

Impending rain and weary arms coincided for once for a perfectly timed rest day.

First on the cultural itinerary was the Los Alamos Bradbury Museum, giving an insight into how they spend a mind boggling  $2bn each year here (clearly a fair chunk goes on PR as the museum is excellent, if a little self – justifying).

Covering the history of the Manhattan Project and the latter day role of the Lab in the management of the decommissioning of the nuclear arsenal, there’s plenty to learn – and it’s thought provoking to say the least to ponder the huge ethical dilemma faced by those who chose to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Full sized replica of the Fat Man bomb. Named after Churchill apparently!

…and also to get a hint of the buzz that must have existed at the time in this “Town that didn’t exist”

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My favourite quote is from Oppenheimer.

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hinduscripture, the Bhagavad-Gita… “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Next stop Santa Fe and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Great stylistic capture of the New Mexico desert scenery

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… but rather more of her flowers than I’d have preferred.

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