|Making sure we're all where we're supposed to be before moving to her bed for the drive.|
|When we moved into the RV in 2015, our first few nights were in our friends' storage lot. This park is sort of like that.|
|Hazy skies, but a pretty drive.|
|Social distancing not a problem.|
|Wide open space, wish I'd booked a couple more days.|
|Not how slide toppers are supposed to look.|
Maybe it's because we're so happy to be traveling again, or the beautiful weather, but neither of us gets upset. Not happy, but I guess we know we'll figure out a fix. At the top of the ladder Bill is able to pull the bracket back in place, but the bolt is gone. Nothing is broken or torn. Amazingly I find a long bolt in the "fell-off-of-something-found-on-floor" box of hardware that fits perfect! He tightens it up and in less than ten minutes all is good again.
|A lone snag waits for an eagle to pose over the marsh.|
We've missed it twice while nearby, and I'm determined that this time we're going to visit the Very Large Array (VLA). One of those iconic places that everyone recognizes but few know exactly where it is. I confirm online that the visitor center is closed (the new and different reality of state and national parks/monuments/refuges), but Jim assures me (our long distance guide for this stop) we can see everything from the highway. Let's go!
A few things surprise me. First is that the dishes are much smaller than I pictured (in the movie Contact they look twice as wide). Second is how spread out they are. Some near the buildings are closer, but most are in two long arms across the valley. Finally, I'm most surprised that Hwy 60 goes right through it! Yep, we drive right up to one of them with just a small chain link fence between the road and the big million dollar ET phone.
|The tour we missed walks out to a dish from the visitor center, but this is a lot closer than I thought I'd get!|
|When we arrived the dishes were at multiple angles. Without making any sound, suddenly they were all pointed straight up. It was creepy, neither of us saw them move!|
|At the pull-over on the highway people have left notes and stickers on the guard rail. Bill finds this fun one "Mom thought aliens moved the satellites." No?|
|Even getting to see the VLA itself, I'm disappointed that we can't see the videos and exhibits or ask questions or hear anecdotes from those who work here - or get postcards for the grands!!|