After our shoot at the VLA on Thursday, we checked into the famous San Miguel Inn in Socorro and had dinner at the Valverde Steakhouse. After some stargazing at New Mexico Tech's Etscorn observatory, we turned in for some well-deserved rest.
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Our trusty mountain-climbing Blazer with Mark near the top of Mt. Baldy.||
We had to stop to turn around at the entrance to the science "reservation" as the view was spectacular. Besides, the gate was locked.|
|The Langmuir Lightning Lab||
In 1985 Carolyn visited the Irving Langmuir Lab while she was still working at the Denver Post. She ultimately wrote a story about the "Lightning Makers" who worked up there studying the effects of lightning discharges — among them Charley Moore and Bernard Vonnegut. The resulting article won Carolyn her first-ever science writing award as one of the 100 best science stories of 1986. Mark had never seen the place, so we headed up to check it all out. The Langmuir complex is actually a set of buildings connected by a walkway — and all of it nearly hidden in the trees.
|A distance shot of the JOCR.||
The Joint Observatory for Cometary Research (JOCR) atop Mt. Baldy. We were probably a mile away from it, parked at the head of North Mt. Baldy trail number 8.
||A closeup view of the JOCR.|
|CCP and the JOCR
We decided to hike up a little ridge to North Baldy. It was a bracing and lovely day for hiking at 10,000+ feet! It seemed like we could see for at least a hundred miles!
||Mark leading the hike up on Mt. Baldy.
|Carolyn on the hike
||Mark during the hike|
|Rocks and flowers on Mt. Baldy.
||A tree root exposed on the Mt. Baldy tundra.
|The view from Mt. Baldy
||A skittish forest denizen
|Mountains and meadows full of flowers.
||Closeup of wildflowers
All images Copyright 2002, Mark and Carolyn Collins Petersen