But first, a picture of my grandpa's tomato plant. That's right, singular. The monster takes up most of their patio. It also has only produced a handful of tomatoes (which were not very good, we were told).
|Giant tomato plant|
|It's started growing into the pond to get extra water.|
|A picture of some old carbide miner's lamps - I'm guessing these were owned by my great grandpa and great uncle who both worked in the mines.|
The Titan Missile Museum has guided tours on every 2 hours or so. After giving a brief history of the Cold War, they take you down into the bunker and show off the control room. On the far right of the photo, you can see 2 full panels which are empty except for 2 slots - the 2 slots replaced the panels when computers started to become bigger and better (i.e. smaller), some of the other missile locations went down to one slot a few years later. Now if they replaced all the computer components, the entire system you see here would be replaced with your cell phone. That's right, if you ever start feeling like you're smart, just remember that they managed to land a man on the moon using computers less powerful than your cell phone.
|Women were allowed to work in the Missile Silos beginning in 1969 and the last commander of this location was actually a woman.|
|Drawbridge to the missile controls. Gotta go old school to let people know not to touch buttons.|
|A view of the drawbridge - apparently some scene from Star Trek was filmed here.|
|Looking at the cone|
|Looking down at the cone - the missing rectangular part is a visual show for the satellites that the missile has been neutered. The doors are also stuck in a half open position for the same reason.|
|The engineers checking out the engines.|
|Standing outside the site looking in. The missile doors are on the left behind the jeep (the thing that looks like a white, squat volcano)|
|Cactus bloom. There were so many cacti in bloom it was crazy. Of course, we had happened to be there right at the end of monsoon season.|