Tomorrow Gail and I are off on an adventure. We had planned to do this last fall, but we forgot the date. It is something that can be done on just two days each year. Tomorrow is the one day in the spring to go, and there is one day each fall. It's always on a Saturday, and involves going into a highly secured military area. It is full of history, awesome in nature. It concerns an event that changed the course of the world. When it occurred, I was just a baby, just about fifteen months old, living on a farm in Oklahoma.
Wondering what takes place just two days each year? OK, to learn more, go here. We are making a visit to the Trinity Site. Unless you're a history buff, you may not know that this is the site on the military reserve now known as White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945.
I was living quite a long way from this. My late husband, however, was living in Alamogordo, NM, very close to this event. The residents of the area all went outside and watched the mushroom cloud, including him as an eight year old kid. Who knew the dangers back then? No one. He and I talked about the fact that at his thirty year reunion, almost half of his high school class was already dead, and an alarming number of them from cancer. Ten years later, so was he. He was also a smoker, so there are more than one contributing factors. But one can't help but wonder.
The site still carries radiation sixty-three years later. But it is said to be negligible. If you look at the chart, you'll see that you would get more from several relatively everyday events in your life. But isn't it awesome that it is still present in the soil of the site at a greater rate than it is in "normal" soil after so long? Makes you really think about the power, doesn't it? I wonder how this compares to the soil of the cities bombed in Japan. I would assume it is about the same.
Anyway, perhaps I will have more interesting information and pictures to share with you on the morrow. Stay tuned, just in case!