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Great trip

Got back from a really good mini-vacation with my friends. Went to New Mexico where they were visiting relatives.

The first day, we got to hike an old settlement in the Bandalier National Monument and visit Los Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum.  The hike was refreshing and there was *snow* even (this Southern gal doesn't see that much). Los Alamos was what Eureka the TV town would be in the real world. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I found it amusing that they had an SUV with a cute campaign slogan for a lady named "Nan" Holmes, running for Board of Education ("Vote Holmes - it's elementary"). The museum chronicled the mission and continuing contributions of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, focusing on the initial nuclear weapons project on through to the applications and plans for the future. It wasn't the day for it, but I feel like I just scratched the surface and there was so much more to see and absorb there.

Day two, I *skiied*. Seriously. *Me*, Ms. Chickenshit Herself about that for the last 2 decades of my life when I could have otherwise gone and tried it. Now, this is the part where I start to break it down and analyze it as Not That Big a Deal in my mind, and focus on the things I didn't accomplish more than those I did, but while I am being honest with myself, I am kinda proud of this achievement. I have been quite scared to try it for a long time, including but not limited to the fears of injury, failure, and humiliation.

I am proud that I tried it, and I am proud that I stuck with it long enough to get down the little practice slope.

I frankly did a lot more ass-plants and awkward pushups off the mountain to get back on my feet than any real skiing, especially til my last handful of runs, but for my maiden voyage, it was a helluva thing. Props to the "crew"- Phil for some good tips and great choice of place to go (Sipapu Ski Resort)  and transport, M for much-needed and not-oft-lauded general support role, Charles for (bless him) giving me my very first 1 hour lesson, and jackwabbit for having patience with me, and giving me the goal, the chance, and the basic talking ups and talking downs that I needed while I was out there.
We capped the day by a nice dinner back in ABQ.

Alas, day three was cut short by an impending and menacing storm system that looked likely to strand us there had we stayed, but we started the day with a great homecooked breakfast. We went back by way of Roswell and went to the International UFO Museum, which was really quite interesting. It was a good use of $5, and I got to get some smashed penny souveniers (and their gift shop was fun). There was much singing of 80s tunes by myself and Mr. M to while away the many hours in the car afterward, while jackwabbit tried to get a little fitful snoozing done on the fairly featureless drive back.

Today was still a vacation day for me, and I was graciously accommodated in my wishes to stay on here at wabbit's homebase, and further have a stroll in the nice weather. Sonic slushes acquired, food eaten, and media watched, I am fighting going to bed and capping the trip by finally posting something here.

It was a great trip, worth remembering, and I wanted to get some snippets down before I get consumed by real life again tomorrow.

The support crew


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Jan. 31st, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
As I have said before, I'm proud of you. Well done, Padawan.
Feb. 1st, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. There are people in your life who make you want to be better. Thank you for being one of mine.
Feb. 1st, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
Whut? You went to Los Alamos -- not just to New Mexico, but to BLOODY LOS ALAMOS and didn't tell me you were going??

Not that I know anyone there any more, but still!!

Which part of Bandelier did you hike?

Edited at 2015-02-01 12:37 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
Okay. I am a bad friend. I need to have some more good convos with you, because, though I count you as a friend, make no mistake, I find that past some superficial online stuff, I am woefully out-of-touch with... well, everything of consequence. I know a little of the PNW time, and some FL stuff, but I am unaware of and/or have completely forgotten about a NM connection. That said, that trip was very quick and loose, I was the "tag-a-long" who had no real planning input prior, and we weren't thinking ahead to going there at all really until the night before. I think there will be future trips, and we'll definitely have to let you know!
That said, the hike to Bandelier was fairly short and straightforward, down the main drag out to the bigger cavate with the tall multi-part ladders and back.
Feb. 1st, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Not a worry! Thinking back, I guess that unless you were reading along on BethInExile when I did the actual Big Move, you didn't have much of a chance to learn that bit.

I was born in Richland, Washington, but grew up in Los Alamos, from the age of 8 to 18, when I ran away back to the PNW for college and basically never came back. My father was a nuclear physicist, so there weren't actually a lot of likely places for us to live, and those were two of them. (I almost grew up in Livermore, CA.)

I really did not like Lost Almost when I was growing up there, but I love visiting it now -- I'm able to see how beautiful it is, even post-forest-fire. I no longer have any family there -- one sister lives in Albuquerque with her husband, but we're not close -- and I never really had any friends. (It was that kind of childhood.) My friends were the canyons and the mountains and the trees and sky. Most of the trees are gone, but the rest are still there and still lovely.

Missy and I got to the Science Museum when we were there, and I was quite entranced to see how much it's changed, also, mostly for the better. I rather miss some of the old old early computers they used to have on display, though!

Please disregard the grump -- I am really delighted that you got there! And you skiied, also. I never tried skiing in all the years there, but I was told, growing up, that we had some of the very best and least well-known skiing in the country. They tended not to advertise it!

Edited at 2015-02-01 07:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a blast! \0/

Congrats on skiing! :0) I've only been once. I spent most of my time trying to get back up.

Would love to check out the UFO museum in Roswell.I need to revisit that show.

I'm a huge fan of road tripping with 80's tunes!

Great pic!
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