July 16, 2024

Sometimes it’s possible to add a depth of meaning to your travels by making “travel connections.”  What do I mean?  Here’s an example.

 
Ground Zero Marker at Trinity Site / bwb-images

 

Several years ago I managed to plan a trip through the Southwestern United States at a time which allowed me to visit the Trinity Site.  That’s the location on White Sands  Missle Range in White Sands New Mexico where the first atomic bomb was tested in in 1945.  It is only open to the public two days each year – once in the spring and once in the fall.  Visiting the building where the bomb was assembled as well as “ground zero” where it was detonated on July 16, 1945 was a very intriguing experience.

 

Trinity Site White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico / bwb-images

Later that year I journeyed to Japan.  In addition to visiting Tokyo and Kyoto I arranged to spend some time in Hiroshima.  There I had a chance to visit another “ground zero” – the point in the city above which the first atomic bomb exploded on August 6, 1945.

The sole preserved bombed out structure in Hiroshima - sometimes referred to as the A-bomb Dome or Peace Dome / bwb-images
 
 
 
 
The visit to Hiroshima was an interesting and thought provoking counterpoint to my visit to White Sands.  Sort of a connecting of the dots of history.  And a very moving experience.  Near ground zero is Hiroshima’s International Peace Memorial Museum which offers an exceptional, and quite frankly, unbiased review of political and military events which led up to the bombing as well as the impact of the bombing on Hiroshima and the Japanese war effort.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A-Dome at night viewed through a monument on the grounds of the International Peace Memorial Museum / bwb-images

 

Finding and exploring travel connections can add a unique and deeper layer of meaning to your journey.  Some connections, such as my White Sands to Hiroshima connection ,have international significance.  Others can be quite personal – I still look forward to visiting the tiny Pacific island where my father was stationed during World War II.  I have recently discovered a somewhat “local” connection for my upcoming trip to China.  I’ll be writing about that in the near future.

Until next time…………….Enjoy The Adventure!

Dr.B, The Photo Trekker

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