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New Mexico - Day 1 - San Lorenzo Canyon & Socorro
3 April 2015
After an early morning flight to Albuquerque, we drove south to San Lorenzo Canyon. Finding our way to the canyon amongst dirt roads that aren't on Google Maps was a challenge but thanks to the kindness of a local guy we got there. After exploring the canyon a bit, we headed farther south to the small town of Socorro. We visited the Old San Miguel Mission where we waited for their church services to be over so we could see the inside of the 400 year old church. We then wandered around the very small downtown area.

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NEW MEXICO INDEX | DAY 2
1-002 San Lorenzo Canyon Sign 1-003 Dirt Road 1-004 Mesa
On the way to Socorro, we stopped at San Lorenzo Canyon
It took some aimless driving in the desert and the help of a friendly local to find the canyon
The scenery is spectacular!
1-005 San Lorenzo Canyon Sign 1-006 Rock in Road 1-008 San Lorenzo Canyon
At last, we found our way to San Lorenzo Canyon
Now that is what I call a road hazard
San Lorenzo Canyon was worth the trip
1-011 San Lorenzo Canyon 1-012 San Lorenzo Canyon 1-013 Van in San Lorenzo Canyon
San Lorenzo Canyon
San Lorenzo Canyon
Taking the rental car off road at San Lorenzo Canyon
1-016 Mesa 1-017 Dirt Road 1-018 I-25 Underpass
Rock formations like I've never seen before
Leaving San Lorenzo Canyon and heading back to the paved roads
These little underpasses along I-25 are interesting
1-019 El Sombrero Interior 1-022 San Miguel Mission 400th Plaque 1-023 San Miguel Mission
Our first New Mexican lunch was at Frank and Lupe's El Sombrero Restaurant in Socorro
San Miguel Mission is over 400 years old
San Miguel Mission in Socorro with its 5 foot thick walls has been around since 1598
1-026 San Miguel Mission 1-027 San Miguel Mission 1-028 San Miguel Mission Interior
San Miguel Mission in Socorro with its 5 foot thick walls has been around since 1598
San Miguel Mission in Socorro with its 5 foot thick walls has been around since 1598
San Miguel Mission in Socorro with its 5 foot thick walls has been around since 1598
1-029 San Miguel Mission Foundation 1-031 San Miguel Mission Staircase 1-032 Owl Bar
Here you can see the original foundation of the San Miguel MIssion
Staircase inside San Miguel Mission
The Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio is known for its green chile cheeseburger
1-033 Owl Bar 1-034 Cattle Guard 1-035 Rio Grande River
The Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio is known for its green chile cheeseburger
The cattle guards on every road were an interesting curiosity for us east coasters
Crossing the mighty Rio Grande River for the first time
1-036 Scenery 1-037 Cactus 1-038 Rocks
Amazing rocky scenery every place you look
A lone cactus
Amazing rocky scenery every place you look
1-039 White Sands Missile Range Sign 1-040 House 1-041 The Owl Bar
We'll be back to the White Sands Missile Range tomorrow for our Trinity Site visit
It doesn't get much more picturesque than this
The Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio is known for its green chile cheeseburger
1-042 Hammel Museum 1-043 Heritage Park Gazebo 1-044 Heritage Park Sign
The Hammel Museum has been a beer garden, brewery, soda plant and now ice factory and museum.
Gazebo in Heritage Park in downtown Socorro
Heritage Park in downtown Socorro
1-046 Elfago Baca Mosaic 1-047 Socorro Wheel of History 1-050 San Miguel Mission Mosaic
This tile mosaic tells the story of Elfago Baca
The Wheel of History tells the 400+ year history of the City of Socorro
This tile mosaic tells the story of the San Miguel Mission
1-051 Children's Art Tiles 1-052 Bodega Burger Co Sign 1-053 Chile Cheeseburger & Enchiladas
The tiles in Socorro's Heritage park were drawn by the children of the city
Bodega Burger Company and Lounge
Green chile cheeseburger and red chile enchiladas at Bodega Burger Company and Lounge

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