Category Archives: US Southwest 2016

Six week trip in the Fall of 2016.

Los Alamos – Cradle of the atomic age

Amid all the natural beauty of the Southwest sits the town that saw the birth of the atomic age, Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was here that a group of brilliant scientists were secretly brought together during the Second World War to develop an atomic bomb. Continue reading Los Alamos – Cradle of the atomic age

Mesa Verde – Palaces of the ancients

I have been fascinated by the Ancestral Puebloans since my university days. Why did this ancient civilization of the Southwest build entire communities in alcoves on the face of sheer canyon walls 800 years ago and then abandon them?

Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to “preserve the works of man;” the first national park to incorporate this mission. It has nearly 5,000 Ancestral Puebloans sites, many of them cliff dwellings. Continue reading Mesa Verde – Palaces of the ancients