Fire Fire Fire!

You might have thought it was going to rain here today in Albuquerque. But those weren’t clouds, it was smoke from California. The drive home from work today was erie especially with the sun filtered by the smoke. But California isn’t the only one burning, we have our own fire in Ruidoso near a ski resort. It isn’t helping that our autumn winds have arrived blowing in the smoke and blowing around our fire. 

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Trinity Site Oct 2003

Little Boy

Location of the the first atom bomb explosion. Near Socorro New Meixcio on the north end of the White Sands Missle Range. The site is only open twice a year (for staffing reason, not radiation exposure). As this is a active miltary test base they limit what pictures can be taken. Still there are several pictures missing, but I got them on Video. Look for updates.

We Could Use The Summer Monsoons Already

Most people may not expect this, but Albuquerque has a very wet summer most of the time. The summer monsoons usually bring in a lot of rain especially during June and July. We can get near half our rain for the year this way. But this year is different. Instead we are treated to temperatures in the high 90’s. Although not unusual to get temperatures this high, its unusual to get them this high for this many days. They say a ridge of high pressure is keeping the summer monsoons away from New Mexico and it may let up next week.

I blame the lack of rain (partially) on my issues getting the grass growing and for all the bugs that have invaded our house. We have ants, beetles and all kinds bugs that we usually don’t see in the house.

We have been pretty lucky not to have a lot of water restrictions imposed on us, but if the rain doesn’t come soon next spring is going to be unpleasant.

The 4th in Albuquerque

The 4th of July was pretty uneventful for me. This year I sat on my roof and watched whatever fireworks were going off. The best display was at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta grounds, which I got on video.

Because of the recent fires in the Bosqe, there has been a big crack down on illegal fireworks. Didn’t stop people in my neighborhood though as I saw several fireworks going off that exceeded the requirements. They were fun to watch, I was just worried that someone was going to catch something on fire. Luckily there were no fires around my house.

What does Bosque mean, I found the following:

Early Spanish explorers bestowed the name Bosque (pronounced boss-kee) meaning “wooded.”

So there you have it, it means a woods.