Friday, August 20, 2010

Aug. 19, 2010 -- Later in the Evening

This is supposed to be the winding down of our long vacation as we make our way back home. I thought it would be somewhat more restful. But today has been go/go/go and back to back with what we did yesterday it seems a little crazy. We started the day off with the Sandia Tram. What an experience. I didn't know what to expect. That tram went up from 6500 feet to 10,300 in about 10 min and the views were spectacular and so expansive. Then Sandia mountain was gorgoeous at the top. We did a bit of the Crest Trail -- it was rocky going and found beautiful wildflowers, mushrooms, fossils and again the views all around were just breathtaking. The girls did yet another junior ranger program and got badges and we had lunch at the High Finance restaurant at the top. After this we went to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Yet again, we didn't know what to expect but once inside both Tom and I were fascinated - they had a B52 Bomber outside and replica's of Fat Man and Little Boy inside. Even the hallway was cool as it was tiled as the periodic table. They had a picture of Hiroshima before and after and it was sobering to see a full city one minute and then a picture of just flat land where that used to be. I'm still thinking about this even now. We saw pieces of the Berlin Wall and then some of the ways nuclear energy and medicine are being used. Yes we are geeks and we acknowledge it! The giftstore was fun too and we got some funny T-shirts for Jessica and me. By this time it's 4:30pm and we still get to Walmart for shopping , to Camping World where we toured a luxurious Monaco bus for fun (Sophia and Jess were disappointed that we weren't buying this) and then came back and made dinner, did laundry, played pool while waiting for laundry, got the girls showered and to bed, did dishes , and Tom and I managed to sit outside for 20 min and saw a shooting star. It was a great day, but I think tomorrow we're going to have to have a nap!

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