Petrified Forest National Park, Painted Desert, Hot-Air Balloons, and Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, NM

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This place had beautiful pieces of petrified wood and an amazing collection of minerals and fossils on display. We bought a gorgeous set of book-ends, it was so hard to choose!

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The Petrified Forest was beautiful but there isn’t much to do. I would recommend driving through like we did. It’s hot and all the trails are fully exposed to the sun. There is zero shade, hello, it’s a desert! This is definitely something I wouldn’t pass without seeing though, it is stunning!

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Our campground was a good place to stay in the city. They have wonderful showers, I really love a good pressure shower! If you have long locks like me you know it’s hard to get shampoo out with a trickle, and don’t even bother with conditioner cuz that’s never coming out!

For our 2nd Anniversary Jacob bought us a ride in a hot-air balloon. I had to wait over a month to get my gift but it was totally worth the wait.

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This was a group effort to pick everything up. This thing was massive. The balloon weighs about 650 lbs. and the basket weighs about 1,500 lbs.

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After ballooning around town we went to the Museum of Nuclear Science and History. New Mexico, especially Albuquerque, has a lot to do with the invention of the atomic bomb. Our next stop, Alamogordo, houses the site of the first atomic bomb detenation. This museum takes you behind the scenes of the discovery of the atoms. Then how scientist developed the atomic bomb with the drive of stopping WWII. We watched a film about the effort put into making the uranium and plutonium and ultimately the creation of the bombs. This was a every interesting museum, but their is a ton of reading so it takes a good part of the day.

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