The Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory was the site of the AGU Chapman Conference on Magnetospheric Substorms, held October 9–13,1978, and convened by S.-I. Akasofu.
John Winckler led a group of the attendees in a climb to the ceremonial cave of a prehistoric Indian ruin at Bandelier National Monument. There they danced as the former dwellers of the pueblo had, perhaps as an impromptu evocation of a magnetospheric event. Other attendees enjoyed walking along trails among the aspen trees with full fall color under a crystal blue sky and a bright New Mexico sun. It was one of the afternoons that we had put aside for relaxation during a conference that was scheduled from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. each day.