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New Mexico 2010: Astrophysics and Aspens

Sometimes, there’s so much material that it’s hard to know where to start. So I’m going to do this chronologically.

On the same day that we went to the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge,

we also visited the Very Large Array. What the hell is that? you are possibly wondering. Well, it’s a collection of 27 enormous radio antennae in the middle of New Mexico. And it’s kind of cool. Here’s one of the antennae:

and here is a bunch of them:

For more info, visit our friends at Wikipedia.

Upon leaving the Very Large Array, we made a mistake and ended up on a really lousy road that Hertz should not have on its maps. It was sort of our own fault for having left several good maps back in the room, but in any case, you want to avoid Route 603 in New Mexico. It’s a washboarded, rutted mess of a road in the middle of nowhere. We did pick up a rather cool route while trying to correct that mistake and saw some of the truly off-the-beaten path badlands, but I didn’t take any pictures. However, I do want to thank the woman who was driving the SUV in front of us, aka “Pilot Car.” It was good to know there was another vehicle out there with us in the middle of nowhere.

A couple of days later, we found ourselves in the Santa Fe Ski Basin. No, we do not ski, and besides, it was too early. We went there in pursuit of aspens full of fall color. And that is exactly what we found in great abundance.

I never “got” what was so special about aspens before this trip. They’re beyond beautiful, and the rustling of their leaves is an almost sacred sound, so that you want to whisper.

Next, and last of this series on New Mexico: Pueblos and plains, mountains and snow


November 19, 2010 - Posted by | Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe, travel | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Wow! These are beautiful, Ms. E. That second shot of the trees is absolutely gorgeous. I love the orange in the middle. It must have been fun taking these.

    Comment by Terri | November 19, 2010 | Reply

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