This week’s challenge is to find something foreign, “…things outside of or different from your normal environment, or even something which is out of place in general.”
My entry this week is a look back at what we may now think of as a foreign concept: Nuclear-tipped missiles in the San Francisco Bay Area as a last-line of coastal defense against an air attack by Russian bombers during the Cold War.
This Nike site is in the Marin Headlands and the Fabulous Mizz N and I went on a tour of the facility. For me, it brought back memories of my childhood in the 1950s when we did the Duck & Cover drills in school. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla and I still have memories of the anxiety and bewilderment generated during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.
For the FMN it was a cool, hands-on place to visit. This site had missiles with 10, 20, and 30 kiloton warheads in each of 3 batteries. As you can see, the missiles are so well-balanced that a seven year-old child is able to move one into position for launching.
At the time, this installation made sense to our leaders, but with the passage of time many people have questioned that decision and these bases are now de-commissioned.