I made the short trip to Alamogordo today and got the oil changed, did a run to Staples, and stopped at Lowe's for a couple things. The biggest purchase of the day as a good, durable weed eater, the kind that you can change attachments. I hope this will help me to begin clearing the brush around my house. I may need a bush hog before it is over (yike!), but I'll start here.
On the way down I took a picture that I thought you might like. As I come out of the mountains that are my home, The Sacramento Mountains, and across the side valley you can see the San Andres Range. Between them is the valley which is home to Carrizozo, Tularosa and Alamogordo, and the White Sands National Monument. I've seen it so many times that I don't even think much about it, but today, I realized that seeing the White Sands was a rather cool thing! So here is a snap of the Sands from, oh, about 20-25 miles away. The mountains in the background are the San Andres.
The White Sands Missile range is a large part of that area. Most of you are too young to remember that this was where atomic bombs were tested in the 1940s, so unless you're a history buff you wouldn't know about it. As an aside to this ... my husband was born and raised in Alamogordo, the town closest to the air force base at the missile range. He used to talk about how they used to go outside and watch the bomb tests, much as we do the shuttle launches now. In those days, we didn't know about the radiation or that watching the mushroom cloud could cause blindness. It is interesting that the New Mexico School for the Vision Impaired is located in Alamogordo. And we began to notice that an inordinately large number of his classmates were dying at relatively early ages from cancer. We began to notice when he was less than 50; at that time about 1/3 of his class were dead or fighting it. As you might remember, he, too, died from cancer; it was lung cancer and, yes, he was a long time smoker, but I've wondered if the atomic blasts might have facilitated it, as well.
On down the road, I saw this sign that I have laughed about before. Today I thought I'd take a shot to share with you. Don't ya just wanna say ... "Well, DUH"????
And then later on, I noticed this one for the first time. it is actually a fireworks advertisement, but I laughed out loud, thought about Sandra, and just had to turn around and go back to take a picture. Now, this is in a largely conservative, Republican-voting community. How could that miss this???
Sandra, I really hope you stop by to appreciate this!!!