Daily Archives: 04/08/2006

A Visit To Trinity

On the first Saturday of April and October of every year, the Trinity test site in White Sands, New Mexico is open to the public. Joshua Ellis, of the website Zen Archery, went this year from Las Vegas to Trinity, with a stopover in Los Alamos. His essay about the road trip, Dark Miracle, is now available on his website.

Interesting factoid I learned from this essay: all tobacco on the planet is radioactive now. Tobacco readily absorbs polonium 210, one of the radioactive ingredients of fallout. For a pack a day smoker, the additional radioactivity is like several hundred chest x-rays a year.