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Old 05-21-09, 12:17 AM   #1
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Bandelier (lots of pics)

Sorry this wasn't a cycling trip, but I just got back from my youngest boy's trip to the Bandelier National Monument. I also went in 2006 with my daughter, but sadly this is my last trip with the school since I'm fresh out of kids that would become 7th graders.

The trip was divided into two groups. Half the class went this trip, the second group is there now. The kids fend for themselves (with guidance, of course) as far as collecting all their gear, practice setting it up, plan their meals and shop for the groceries before loading it all up and heading out. At camp they set up their own tents, cook their own meals and get to choose which hikes and activities they will do. We toured the main ruins, took a hike down the Falls Trail down to the Los Brazos river, visited the Bradbury Science Museum and swam at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center.



My son has a great group of friends.



We were given a spiel by the world's unhappiest park ranger before setting off to see the sights. I'm not kidding. The woman was downright rude and didn't hide her dislike of children one bit.











At the museum.



The museum's focus was on the development of nuclear power and all the wonderful things it's given us...like Fat Man and Little Boy. Yikes!



The class (and me in the green hat).



I had an incredible amount of fun, hiked til I was sore, laughed til my sides hurt and was spared from the boys' cooking by the staff and parents who were to a fault all wonderful folks. The annual Staff & Parents vs. Students water basketball game was again won by the adults...thanks to my incredible skills...and the fact that I towered over the little shrimps and blocked all their shots. Heh.
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Excuse me, but I did NOT see my invitation!



otoh --- that looked like it was great fun!!!
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I was there in february

Have to go again and to that side of the mountain

I don't need no park ranger.
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to be fair, Word, you'd be pissy too if your pants looked like hers

Very beautiful scenery. And you have a handsome son (gets his good looks from dad)!
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Awesome pics, looks like fun. Who's the doof w/ the ball on his head?
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If your govt. issued Ranger pants were chafing your armpits, you would hate everything in this solar system as well.
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That was the general consensus: petty authority in the hands of someone with self-image issues. The teachers actively avoided any contact with her...and it surely didn't ruin our fun. I can however guess where Yogi's Pick-a-nic baskets went to.

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Heck Ka_Jun...they're all pretty doofy at that age. That is actually preferable to dealing with the hormonally-charged 8th graders according to the teachers. We'd be spending all our time trying to keep the boys out of the girls' camp, and vice-versa. Apparently the drama level increases as well. Our group was congratulated by the staff for their good behavior, and I couldn't disagree. It was a great bunch of kids and a very enjoyable time.
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looks like a great trip!

and, i wouldn't normally go throwing around insults, but.... foopah!
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Hey, it's always cool to see pics from out of staters of your own back yard!

I ride by the entrance to Bandelier once or twice a week, dang near every week. It's part of our 27 mile loop that goes from the lab down to white rock and back up. We don't have a ton of roads here, but what we have are spectacular.

The family usually only visits Bandelier once a year though. We should go more often.
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looks like a great trip!

and, i wouldn't normally go throwing around insults, but.... foopah!
I think you mean FUPA, and I second your insult.
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I think you mean FUPA, and I second your insult.
its a made up word, does it have a correct spelling? oh well, so long as somebody understands me.
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It is an acronym, so you take the first letter of each word........
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its a made up word, does it have a correct spelling? oh well, so long as somebody understands me.
FUPA.

Leave it to jsharr to add this quaint little nugget to the Foo lexicon.
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Artifice brought it into play, I just grammarnazi'd her.
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Artifice brought it into play, I just grammarnazi'd her.
It certainly fit the ranger... (unlike her pants)
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Where is Bandelier National Monument?
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That's a nice picture of the handsome lad in the Poison Spider cap.
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Hey, it's always cool to see pics from out of staters of your own back yard!

I ride by the entrance to Bandelier once or twice a week, dang near every week. It's part of our 27 mile loop that goes from the lab down to white rock and back up. We don't have a ton of roads here, but what we have are spectacular.

The family usually only visits Bandelier once a year though. We should go more often.
Yeah, I saw lots of roadies out enjoying the great weather and scenery. Unfortunately, some of them were riding shoulder to shoulder despite the signs everywhere mandating riding single file.

At one point I did some research on Los Alamos as a potential bike shop location. With more PhD's per capita than most North American cities, one would think that a bike shop would do well there. Sadly, the wealthiest clients are often the cheapest. Despite the great year-round weather, I saw a distinct lack of bicycle infrastructure for the non-enthusiast cyclists, plenty of folks in full lycra kit, none in street clothes. The beginner to novice cyclist is the bread and butter of a shop. Enthusiasts wanting discounts or cost on $5K bikes, or else they'll order them online doesn't pay the bills.

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It's just outside The City That Never Was.
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At one point I did some research on Los Alamos as a potential bike shop location. With more PhD's per capita than most North American cities, one would think that a bike shop would do well there. Sadly, the wealthiest clients are often the cheapest. Despite the great year-round weather, I saw a distinct lack of bicycle infrastructure for the non-enthusiast cyclists, plenty of folks in full lycra kit, none in street clothes. The beginner to novice cyclist is the bread and butter of a shop. Enthusiasts wanting discounts or cost on $5K bikes, or else they'll order them online doesn't pay the bills.
That's the truth. There are tons of 10-15 year old subarus here, very few luxury SUVs. I've seen multiple bike shops come and go also. I think NM bike'n'sport in Santa Fe is largely supported by Los Alamos. It's not that people here won't part with money - they are just picky. The few bike stores in town were pretty much hole-in-walls that didn't look real professional. Bike'n'Sport looks the part and has good customer service, so people buy bikes and stuff there.

And you're right about lack of recreational riders. It's difficult to even go on a 5 mile cruiser ride around town without having to tackle a hill. This usually keeps people from even trying. Same with mtn biking - we have tons of great trails, but they're all difficult. Not too many trails suitable for out-of-shapers.
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That was the general consensus: petty authority in the hands of someone with self-image issues. The teachers actively avoided any contact with her...and it surely didn't ruin our fun. I can however guess where Yogi's Pick-a-nic baskets went to.



Heck Ka_Jun...they're all pretty doofy at that age. That is actually preferable to dealing with the hormonally-charged 8th graders according to the teachers. We'd be spending all our time trying to keep the boys out of the girls' camp, and vice-versa. Apparently the drama level increases as well. Our group was congratulated by the staff for their good behavior, and I couldn't disagree. It was a great bunch of kids and a very enjoyable time.
When you put it that way...

I gotta say, the National Parks system is bar none, freakin' awesome. Sadly, they're saying that attendance is down.
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