Very Large Array
The VLA, or Very Large Array of radio telescopes, stands on the Plain
of St Augustin, west of Soccorro, NM. I'd driven through but
never taken the tour; Dave had never seen it at all.
The land around the VLA is rangeland. I looked hard for Oryx and
other African antelopes, imported by a sportsman decades ago and
supposedly fairly common, but saw none. However, the herd of
pronghorn antelope on the road in was an excellent substitute.
The VLA self-guided tour is short but fun. You get to go pretty
close to one of the telescopes. The little museum has some
interesting exhibits, including a live feed from a small radio dish
pointed at the sun (they were still working the bugs out of that
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