Not me! I am not death. I am not the destroyer of worlds. Perhaps I am the destroyer of words because of my sometimes atrocious writing. Come on now, it’s not that bad, is it?
Anyway, the title of this post comes from a quote from J. Robert Oppenheimer who uttered it after the first nuclear bomb test. Oppenheimer’s words have been on my mind because last Saturday, I visited the Trinity Site, the location of that first detonation.
Bombs and Friends
I’ve always been a science geek. One of my favorite gifts as a child was a chemistry set given to me by my paternal grandparents. I loved watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. In college, I studied biology and chemistry.
As an adult, I haven’t given up on my love of science and some of my travels revolve around it. This summer:
- I’m going to go to Florida to see the next Falcon Heavy Launch. (Please, please, please SpaceX, make it happen on time!)
- I’m going to California to visit the Griffith Observatory, tour the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (if a tour spot opens up) and stalk the SpaceX headquarters. SpaceX isn’t open to the public, but at least I can see the first rocket that landed itself which is parked outside.
And last weekend, I visited the Trinity site with Noah and Becky from Money Metagame as well as Tanja from Our Next Life. The site is on a secure military base and only open to visitors two days per year.
We left at about 6am to make the two-hour drive through the New Mexico desert.
We arrived at the site a bit before the base opened the gates, so we got out of the car to play with dead rattlesnakes and take pictures.
There are scary signs everywhere:
At the site of the detonation, there was a replica of Fat Man, the bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki:
A black obelisk marks ground zero:
One of the things I like most about financial independence is being able to hit the road at a moment’s notice to go wherever I want. I’m more likely to hike on a Monday morning than take a road trip, but the options are there. And options are really what it’s all about.
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