On Saturday, after leaving Yakima on SR 24, we eventually crested a ridge, and there below us was the Hanford Reach and Atomic Town USA. Pretty spectacular. We could see Reactor B in the distance where the plutonium for the first atomic bombs was manufactured, as well as the other reactors.
The government definitely chose a desolate location for the reactors. I thought Vantage was the high desert, but seeing Hanford, it seemed for a moment that we were back in Arizona. There was even a highway sign that warned of "Drifting Sand." Viewing the only undammed stretch of the Columbia in the U.S. was also pretty interesting.
I thought about going inside to get some answers to Michael's yellow cake uranium bomb question, but the armed guards at the gate deterred me.