My trip to New Mexico was an 1,800 mile drive, round trip. As much of it as possible was routed to maximize the scenic driving during the daylight hours I planned to be driving. See the map showing the course, and the breakdown of the photo galleries is as follows:
- Map points A-E, driving days with a night in Phoenix (B)
- Map point E, about ten days on the ranch
- Map points E-F, drive to Albuquerque
- Map point G, Trinity test site, WSMR
- Map point H, Very Large Array near Magdalena
- Map points H-L, US-60 back toward Arizona with the remainder being at night and basically a reversal of the outbound trip
The last day of the trip encompassed 920 miles driving from Albuquerque to San Diego via Trinity and VLA. It was a 24 hour waking period. Departing VLA to San Diego was 700 miles and 12.5 hours on its own!
Not thinking I could make the drive in one day, I split the drive out to New Mexico over two days. Just as well. There was scenery that I was wise to shoot, and interesting bits along the way.
I took two weeks out to go to New Mexico, primarily to spend ten days on a sheep ranch owned by the Center for Action and Contemplation. A great, spiritually enriching time in nature among Navajo.
I spent a little less than a day in Albuquerque but had a nice impression of it. The Center for Action and Contemplation showed me around and put me up in their intern residence for the night.
I was fortunate enough to be able to tarry in New Mexico long enough to get to the twice-annual Trinity nuclear test site open house. The nuclear age began here where the first atomic bomb was detonated.
As the final part of my New Mexico Life and Death Tour, I drove to the Very Large Array site which was meant to be the subject of my Receiving album cover. It was like a pilgrimage now.
The VLA was my last destination and there was enough daylight to see the remainder of the state of New Mexico along the US 60 into Arizona. Shots taken with my cell phone because my Canon fell in the dirt at VLA and jammed.