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The Jemez Mountains

by: John Morgan

Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:47:05 AM EDT

Yesterday I drove north of Santa Fe to a Pueblo which was scheduled to have a feast day for St. Anthony.  When we arrived we discovered the feast day had been canceled due to a death at the nearby Santa Clara Pueblo.  This has been rescheduled for Saturday the 20th and I'll surely be there.  We still visited the Pueblo and got some nice pictures.  It is at the foot of the Jemez Mountains.  The first photos are of the mountain range taken at the entrance of the Pueblo.

These are pictures of the Pueblo reservation.  We went into a pottery shop where we met a charming man named Roaul who showed us exquisite hand made pottery made by his wife.  She is a direct descendent of famed artist Maria Martinez who has works on display at the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe.  The best pottery is all hand made and kiln or open fired cast then painted.  This pottery had no paint and was all done with different colors of clay collected from the nearby Jemez Mountains.  Tourist pottery is mass produced from molds and is not collectible.

Since there wasn't a feast day celebration we decided to drive through the mountains ten miles to Los Alamos.  This was the center of The Manhattan Project.  My maternal grandfather was part of The Manhattan Project and coordinated construction of the labs and buildings between The DuPont Company and the government.  Seeing this seemed a bit like a familial obligation.  Though I oppose nuclear power and weapons I do not judge what he did since it was a desperate time of war and a contest with Nazi Germany to build the weapons.  We can neither understand nor comprehend the sense of the times.  I just do what I can now to oppose their use.

The mountains climbing to Los Alamos are breath taking.  There is a scenic overlook where I parked and took some photos.

Tomorrow I go to Taos using the High Road which, I am told, is even more spectacular.  Taos is another center for artists and rises an even higher elevation than Santa Fe (7000 feet).  Tuesday morning I will be on a raft trip down the Rio Grande Gorge which extends 90 miles.  There are petroglyphs along the river and I brought my waterproof camera so as to get some pictures.

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My great uncle was a metallurgist who worked at Los Alamos to develop the casings on the atomic bombs.  I have a rather curious paperweight that he brought back from there.  To this day, he never has spoken much about it.  

I too am not a fan of nukes, but I do believe we need to better unlock and wisely harness the power of the atom and understand it to better understand our own universe.  

The pictures are stunning.

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Great pictures & travelogue.  Wish I were there!

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I'm at a B&B outside Arroyo Seca at the base of the most beautiful mountains.

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Have a great trip tomorrow!

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