One of the many benefits having internet on-the-go (via our phones and our MiFi), is the ability to have instantaneous answers to our questions we have while traveling. For example, on our way to pick up the Airstream in April, we noticed what appeared to be a decommissioned tunnel named Memorial Tunnel, just off the interstate in West Virginia. The tunnel piqued our curiosity, so we looked it up and learned that it is now the Center for National Response, a testing and training facility for emergency response. According to the Center’s website, there is a subway station setup, a highway incident scene, illicit drug laboratories, and more! Is this not fascinating?!?
We’ve been highly entertained by the facts learned from our travels. See a strange building off in the distance? An old town that now appears ghost-like? Or, just curious about the town through which you are driving? Just do a Google search and you will be surprised (and amused) at what you learn.
After Moab, we spent a night at a Wal-Mart in Grand Junction, Colorado, dined on delicious Thai food (twice…apparently we had been suffering from withdrawal) and made a much-needed visit to the Verizon store to get a new phone for Chris. From Grand Junction, we made our way to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Along the way, we discovered a fascinating fact about a town called Parachute, Colorado. The drilling occurring near the town intrigued Chris so he asked I do a little research. A quick Google search revealed to us that Parachute was the location of Project Rulison, the site of a 1969 gas stimulation nuclear test. That’s right…they detonated a nuclear bomb underground and we were driving near or maybe even over the site where it occurred. The project was part of a program “that promoted using the energy produced from nuclear explosions for peaceful uses and applications.” Check out the Department of Energy page on this project . Today, the site remains in the local news as many drillers are proposing to drill closer to the site and local residents fear that radioactive contaminants could make their way to the surface. (And, to think we almost simply just drove by this town without giving it a second thought!)
Upon our arrival in Glenwood Springs, we immediately found the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool. It was late in the evening by the time we arrived but we still had two quality hours in the pool. While I am not a huge fan of public pools, I became a fan of this place instantly. Chilly weather + hot springs + beautiful moonlight = perfection. Yes, there were lots of people in this pool. But, it’s the world’s largest so there was plenty of room for us to enjoy a relaxing swim.
Our lovely night ended at yet another Wal-Mart. Two nights in a row…this is a record for us. This particular Wal-Mart seemed a bit sketchy to me and I somewhat expected to wake up the next morning and find graffiti on the Airstream. Instead, however, we had a peaceful night’s rest…and no artwork on our shiny aluminum.