November 5 – 17, 2019.
On November 5th we found ourselves at Greg’s parents’ house in Denver, NC – again – the third time in one month. We assumed that by this time we would be somewhere in the midwest visiting friends along the way as we headed to the southwest. But as you know if you have been following along we had van trouble (a troublesome torque converter). We were back at Greg’s parents’ house one more time (after a quick jaunt up through Virginia and Maryland and on to Pennsylvania visit family) for the fix – which just involved a few days in the shop and a little lightening of our bank account. The torque converter repair, a birthday, bad weather, and finally waiting for a part for a last-minute van project kept us in town a bit longer than we hoped. But eventually, our part came in, and we made a quick install. We hit the road as the sun was setting, eager to start our journey, that same day.
Now it was November 14 and the midwest was no longer in our path to the land of wide-open spaces, cactus, and sunshine. I had concocted a new route to warmth and adventure. First stop, just over the mountain to the west, Knoxville, TN.
There is a National Park site, The Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Oak Ridge, just outside of the city. We had been wanting to visit it for some time. And, even better, we wanted to visit Gayden. Gayden, one of our good friends from Cabbagetown, moved to Knoxville some years ago. This would be our first chance to see him in his new home.
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Oak Ridge site – Manhattan Project National Historical Park
This National Historic Park has three locations across the country. We visited the Los Alamos location in New Mexico this past spring. Los Alamos is where the physicists designed and built the atomic bomb. This location in Oak Ridge, TN is where the uranium was enriched and plutonium was produced.
A three-hour tour of the Oak Ridge site was included with tickets to the American Museum of Science and Energy. Only two tours were offered a week, on Monday and Friday. Seating was limited, and sign-up for the tour was only available the morning of the tour at the museum. We arrived as soon as the museum opened, and stood out in the cold with a handful of other science enthusiasts to ensure our spot on the bus.
What’s your favorite musical town? Have you visited any of the Manhattan Project Historical Park Sites?