Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Road Trip !!!

About noon we headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings for a lunch of hot wings and potato wedges. I really like their Mango Habanero sauce, but I wish it was hotter.  I had them combine the Mango Habanero, and Blazin’ which is their hottest, but it wasn’t that much hotter and it lost the sweetness of the mango. Oh well.

We also checked out the Lucky Star Chinese Buffet next door. We had seen it when we ate at BWW with Nick and Terry. It looks pretty good, so we’ll probably try it out when we get back from New Mexico. Maybe we will finally fulfilled our quest to locate a good Chinese buffet in Las Vegas.

Coming home we stopped off at Sam’s Club for some supplies, and then Lowe’s to return some toilet parts that I didn’t need.

But the real news is our upcoming road trip tomorrow to check off something on my bucket list.

Twice a year, on the first Saturdays in April and October, White Sands Missile Range opens public access to Trinity Site,

Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945 at 5:29:45 am. I spend a good bit of time at While Sands Missile Range back in the 80’s and I always wanted to visit the site. But the open house never coincided with my schedule.

But we’re still in Las Vegas which is close enough to make the drive. It’s about 660 miles one way to the site, which is about 30 miles east of San Antonio, NM, which is about  65 miles south of Albuquerque. We’ll leave Vegas tomorrow morning about 8am and spend the night in Albuquerque.

Then Saturday morning, we plan on driving down to San Antonio and then out to Stallion Gate about 12 miles east. The gate will be open from 8am to 2pm for visitors to the site. Then it’s about 17 miles out to the site.

I mentioned yesterday that Tuesday night we went back to the Fremont Street Experience with Nick and Terry. It was their last night here and we wanted to the Don McLean/American Pie tribute again, and also see the Queen and KISS shows that we didn’t see the first night.

As before the shows were fantastic.  Here’s a couple of sample videos.

Remember this screen is 90 feet high, 100 feet wide, and 1500 feet long.

(Warning: These videos are about 30MB in size)

Fremont Street Experience 1

Fremont Street Experience 2

And here are some more pictures. You can click on the following pics for larger versions.

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And here is a picture of our good friends Nick and Terry Russell.


And no, we’re not long-lost brothers.

More tomorrow from Albuquerque…