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Old 09-24-2020, 04:49 PM   #1
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Took a day trip from Santa Fe to Los Alamos today. Left the moho in Santa Fe and drove the toad as the maps made the road to Los Alamos look like a minor route, but in fact it's four lane divided highway nearly all the way except for the last couple miles climbing the hill to Los Alamos.

I had no idea what to expect, but what a beautiful town it is! In some ways we found it a little strange actually, as there are contemporary-looking shopping centers in the center of town with lots of vacancies. Not sure if this is a result of COVID or just over-building, but it reminded me of all the factory stores and malls that have been in decline over the last few years. The town also seems to have some very big banks for a town with a population if only 12,000. There must be a lot of money here. In any case, I keep wondering where to move now that the area around my current home near Sedona AZ is being over-developed, and Los Alamos sure looks like somewhere I could live.

Just FYI for anyone planning a trip there soon, the Visitor Center and the Bradbury Science Museum were closed, but Los Alamos History Museum was open.
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Yes, Los Alamos is interesting. Too bad the Museum was closed. I hope you visited Bandelier Nat'l Park while there or perhaps it's closed, also. We've camped at a very nice national forest campground near the Caldera - another interesting spot. Pretty area.
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I grew up in Los Alamos. Still have a sister and a couple of friends there, but I moved out.

If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. It’s a different place, lots of smart people there, but a very strange place to live.

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My wife’s brother and sister in-law live in Los Alamos. We love to visit them and as stated a very unique town. We only wish they had a RV park or campground there. Bandelier Nat'l Park has some and White Rock has a small RV park but nothing we could fit into.

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You know those adopt-a-highway signs? There's one on the road going west from Los Alamos that says it is adopted by "One of Them Los Alamos Liberals."
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Yep, there is a lot of money there and you'd find out in a hurry where yours went when you went to buy a house. The "commoners" that live there commute to White Rock or further where housing is more affordable. I've never met anyone that lived there that didn't work for the labs. It's got a few things going for it that if you had the funds to cover it I'm sure it's very nice. Same could be said for a lot of towns along the Rockies though.

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