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Historic Socorro and the Very Large Array

Happy New Year from Socorro, New Mexico

Happy New Year from Socorro, New Mexico.

Kevin and I drove down last night, leaving after work. We had our first night stop at Raton, NM, and then we left for Socorro.

Our ultimate destination is our yearly visit to Bosque Del Apache refuge to do a spot of bird watching - this is a superb destination for bird watching. Before we got there we decided to stop off at the Cathedral at Ribera, NM. We passed the Sad Cafe, which we have blogged about before, and were astonished to find that it was open for business under a different name - La Risa Cafe. We immediately stopped for breakfast. I had cinnamon french toast (out of this world) and Kevin had an enormous breakfast burrito. We spoke to the owners and wished them well. Photos to be posted soon. Watch this space!

Across the road is a pottery studio which is never open when we pass by. So we popped across there and found potter Polly Whitcomb in residence. She showed us around her studio and work room. We bought a beautiful plate and some small tiles. Her work is beautiful. Then we drove to the Cathedral for more photography.

When we arrived at the church, the bells were ringing. We still didn't get inside, but managed to walk around the interior courtyard which doubles up as a cemetary.

We arrived at Bosque at 3pm and had time for a quick scout. We immediately saw a lot of sandhill cranes, and snow geese. We were pleased to have a really good sighting of a ferrigunous hawk, and a sharp shinned hawk. Every year there seem to be more people.

Now, I am blogging from Days Inn, Socorro, which has wifi.

We checked in for the night after a wonderful dinner at Frank n Lupes.

Happy New Year! May 2006 be filled with good health and good times.