Photo Gallery #13: 2014 Reunion in Albuquerque, New Mexico - 320th MMS

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Our 2014 reunion in Albuquerque was a great success with 21 attendees. Our hotel accommodations were at the Embassy Suites hotel. This hotel was a great home base for our activities, and the amenities and staff were fantastic. The weather was sunny and warm with temperatures in the mid '70s. Activities included a nature walk along the river, a welcome reception, a walking tour and dinner in the old town area, a tour of the Balloon Museum, a trip up the Sandia Tram, a classic dinner by the Rio Grande river and a tour of the Nuclear Museum.

There are 154 photos from this reunion organized into 6 galleries. Click on the tabs to view each gallery.

Attendees at the Albuquerque reunion were:

  • Paul and Jan Baker
  • Jake Beisel
  • Steve and Pauline Bisel
  • Sam Bothern
  • Steve and Dede Carr
  • Barbara and Steve Dobbs
  • John and Linda Ging
  • Jim and Marie Jenkins
  • Ron and Kathy Markus
  • Chuck and Jeanne Schabel
  • Bob Strand
  • Bill and Darlene Woodward

Dinner at the High Noon restaurant in Old Town Albuquerque
  • The Embassy Suites served as our reunion hotel
  • Interior view of the Embassy Suites
  • Thursday evening before dinner (L-R): Dede & Steve Carr, Paul and Jan Baker, Jeane Schabel, Linda Ging and Chuck Schabel
  • The ladies in a
  • Thursday night's dinner was in the hotel's Cyprus Grill
  • Table conversation at Thursday night's dinner
  • Linda Ging and Jeanne Schabel
  • Steve Bisel enjoys his sizzling Fajita dinner. Little did we know this dish would set off the hotel's fire alarm!
  • Friday morning the group decided to visit the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  • Hiking on the River Loop trail at the park
  • The bottomland along the river
  • The walkers on the trail
  • The group arrives at the river
  • The Rio Grande river
  • On the trail back from the river
  • Bill Woodward, Pauline Bisel and Dede Carr (L-R)
  • These
  • Paul Baker served as our host for the reception in the Presidential Suite of the Hotel
  • Jim Jenkins, Sam Bothern and Chuck Schabel at the reception on Friday
  • Marie Jenkins, Pauline Bisel and Jan Baker
  • Steve Bisel, Steve Carr and John Ging at the bar
  • Kathy and Ron Markus
  • Steve Dobbs (Troy's son) and Steve Bisel
  • Paul Baker and Barbara Dobbs
  • Ron Markus with the ladies
  • Marie Jenkins, Darlene Woodward and Dede Carr
  • Paul Baker, Ron Markus and John Ging
  • Dede Carr and Linda Ging enjoy the view from the balcony
  • Jake Beisel, John Ging and Steve Bisel talk with Bill Woodward (back to the camera)
  • Barbara Dobbs, Jake Beisel (in backgound), Pauline and Steve Bisel
  • View of Sandia Peak from the balcony of the Presidential Suite
  • Bob Strand and Ron Markus
  • Steve Carr and Sam Bothern waiting to convoy over to Old Town Albuquerque
  • Sam Bothern, Dede Carr, Steve Carr and Bob Strand pose in front of the statue of Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, who is credited for founding the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 23, 1706
  • The San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town
  • The group poses for a photo on the walking tour
  • View of the Old Town plaza
  • Jim Jenkins and Bob Strand trying to look innocent in front of the Old Town Cat House
  • The area around the Old Town Plaza if full of interesting alleyways
  • Vendors offer a variety of handmade products around the plaza
  • The group in front of the Candy Lady shop
  • Take 5 at the Candy Shop
  • Checking out the
  • The caption says it all!
  • Our dinner on Friday night was at the High Noon restaurant in Old Town
  • The group sits down for dinner in the Santos Room
  • The dinner group filled the Santos Room
  • Chuck and Jeanne Schabel
  • Marie and Jim Jenkins
  • Barbara and Steve Dobbs
  • Jake Beisel and Steve Carr
  • Dede Carr with Bill and Darlene Woodward
  • The Jenkins and Bisels
  • Kathy Markus, John and Linda Ging and Sam Bothern
  • Steve Dobbs, Jake Beisel, Steve Carr, Dede Carr and Bill Woodward (L-R)
  • Sam Bothern, Paul and Jan Baker and Ron Markus (L-R)
  • The first stop on Saturday's agenda was a tour of the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
  • Group shot in front of the museum
  • The group gathers before the start of our tour
  • Our tour was led by a very knowledgeable docent (right)
  • The exhibits at the balloon museum were so colorful!
  • Steve Bisel and Paul Baker try out a balloon while Miss Jan holds on
  • Nancy and John Ging
  • Jeanne Schabel enjoying the tour
  • Dede and Steve Carr
  • Learning all about the history of ballooning
  • This section of the museum displayed gas filled balloons
  • A gas filled balloon in the museum
  • View towards the launching area used for the annual balloon fiesta
  • Gondola from the Double Eagle balloon
  • The Double Eagle V gondola
  • The balloons on display were colorful and whimsical
  • The Breitling Orbiter 3
  • Our docent talks with some of the ladies on the tour
  • Group shot during the tour
  • Two of the high altitude pressurized gondolas tested after WWII
  • Bob Strand checks out the cramped quarters in this gondola
  • This exhibit featured hundreds of balloon pins
  • Japanese WWII Fugo balloon exhibit
  • Steve Bisel tries his hand at the interactive flight simulator
  • Chuck Schabel got high score on the flight simulator
  • Looking down on the exhibit hall from the mezzanine level
  • View from the mezzanine out towards the launch area
  • The Children's Peace Statue in front of the museum
  • Bob Strand taking a shot of the tram from the lower terminal
  • Tram car coming in to the lower terminal
  • Shot of the steel framework of the llower terminal
  • View back to lower terminal as the car starts up the mountain
  • Another shot of the lower terminal from further up the mountain
  • One of the towers on the trip
  • Pauline Bisel enjoying the view
  • Disembarking at the upper terminal
  • Enjoying the view from the deck at the top of the tram
  • Bill and Darlene Woodward
  • Paul Baker and Pauline Bisel
  • Chuck and Jeanne Schabel
  • Ron and Kathy Markus tempting fate
  • Linda and John Ging relaxing in the High Finance restaurant at the top of the tram
  • View looking north from the top of the tram.
  • View from the top looking east
  • Bob Strand and Dede Carr on the trail up to the CCC hut
  • Dede takes a rest on the trail. The 10,000 foot elevation definitely was a factor!
  • Our hike ended at the CCC cabin
  • We made it! Steve and Dede Carr at the CCC hut
  • View looking back towards the Tram terminal from the CCC hut
  • Monument commemorating the construction of the CCC hut
  • The view from the CCC hut looking east
  • View of tram car coming in to upper terminal. Note the worker casually standing on the top!
  • Saturday night's dinner was at the popular El Pinto restaurant
  • The group was seated in a separate dining room
  • Linda Ging and Barbara Dobbs
  • Dede Carr talks with Darlene Woodward
  • Paul Baker and Bob Strand make a toast
  • Marie Jenkins and Jan Baker striking a pose
  • Steve Bisel says it's a touchdown. Steve Carr isn't so sure.
  • Jan and Paul Baker
  • Jake Beisel with Barbara Dobbs
  • Darlene and Bill Woodward
  • The room featured a New Mexico style fireplace
  • The group thanks Barbara Dobbs for joining us
  • Departing the restaurant
  • Our debriefing was held on Sunday morning at the hotel
  • Steve Carr and Paul Baker waiting in front of our conference room
  • The hotel provided us with a board room for our debriefing session
  • Ron and Kathy Markus
  • The ladies prepare to inspect the debriefing room. Jeanne Schabel, Dede Carr and Linda Ging
  • Getting down to business
  • Woody is making a point
  • Success! We have a plan for the next reunion.
  • Gathering in front of the Nuclear Museum
  • The photographers gather to catch the arrivals
  • Jim Jenkins, John Ging, Chuck Schabel, Paul Baker, Bob Strand, Steve Bisel and Bill Woodward
  • Everyone is trying to remember what the abbreviations mean in the floor
  • Charlie Schmidt was our docent and worked on special weapons in the Navy
  • The early days of nuclear development occurred during WWII
  • Charlie talks about the atomic project at Los Alamos
  • The Norton bomb sight used during WWII
  • Display of the
  • Display of the
  • Exhibit showing the wiring and electronics of an early implosion device
  • The Davy Crockett mortar weapon used a Mk 54 warhead. It had a range up to 2.5 miles and a yield of 10-20 tons of TNT
  • The boys gather around Charlie
  • Casings of two of the B-28's that were lost from the B-52 crash at Palomares, Spain
  • Jake Beisel and Bill Woodward pose in front of a Mark 61
  • Chuck Schabel poses in front of an MB-1/AIR-2A Genie
  • The museum had all kinds of weapon shapes on display
  • PAL equipment display including the T1508 (upper left)
  • The patio in the back of the museum
  • Bob Strand, Chuck Schabel and Steve Carr with Charlie. B-52 and submarine sail in the background
  • B-29 Superfortress
  • B-47 Stratojet
  • The museum also included displays on peaceful uses of nuclear energy
  • Sculpture at the entrance to the museum