The Black Hole

Los Alamos, the weapons research and design center for the Manhattan Project, is nestled in the mountains above Santa Fe. The Black Hole salvage shop is a fascinating look at the weapons research industry and a great place for oddball gifts.

Founded by Ed Grothus, once a machinist at the Lab turned outspoken proponent of disarmament, The Black Hole is stuffed full of gauges, pumps, computers, boxes full of motherboards and RAM chips, cabinets, rotary phones, and machines that go bing. Aisle after aisle, floor to ceiling, it’s a walk through not only nuclear weapons programs, but one through tech history as well. If you’re a nerd, plan on spending at least half a day picking through things you might need for your latest DIY project. If you’re a normal person, plan on half a day trying to figure out what everything is. Whatever you do, don’t miss it.

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Santa Fe, NM USA (28-30 Dec 2006)

Back in Santa Fe. *Another* winter storm is hammering the state.

Arrived in ABQ literally moments ahead of the storm. Driving back to Santa Fe was super treacherous. Snowed in since then as the snow just keeps coming down. Took a quick trip into the plaza for a little photo safari.

I-25 and I-40 are completely shut down.

Finally cleared on the afternoon of the 30th and we ventured back to Park City.

Santa Fe, NM USA (22-25 Dec 2006)

Audrey and I are down in New Mexico visiting Odeta and Larry. There’s a massive blizzard hammering New Mexico right now.

We had an epic trip. Audrey was going to fly into Albequerque from Billings a day before. I was going to fly in the next day from Salt Lake City.

Due to the blizzard in New Mexico and Colorado, Audrey’s flights were cancelled. She was able to reschedule a day AFTER a was to arrive in ABQ. The following day, some — but not all — of my connections were cancelled. After literally 12 hours on the phone with United, I finally got through. They wouldn’t be able to get me to ABQ before Christmas, arriving days after our connecting flights to Kansas City. I cancelled the itinerary on the spot. The next day, we spent hours and hours trying to get though to United to cancel Audrey’s itinerary.

We finally made it down to the land of enchantment via car, with the mutt in tow. It’s amazing to be here when there is a lot of snow.