Water Canyon Hike::Synthesis Imaging Summer School excursion

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The only water that we saw in 'Water Canyon'::: Water Canyon hike
As part of the NRAO summer school, we had the option of going on a hike.  We had three hikes to choose from:  'Death march' hike, Water Canyon hike, or Bosque hike.  I chose the middle-of-the-road hike.  Not knowing i would actually be hiking on a road most of the way, i mean to say that the Bosque hike was explained to be more of a walk than a hike, and the death march hike is self explanatory.  

It turned out that Water Canyon was a good fit.  We hiked about 9 miles round trip, with a pretty good incline for the first half of the hike.  The drive into the Water Canyon to get to our starting point was very scenic.  I returned to this area a few days later with my friend Joe, for another look at the road into the canyon, with time to stop and take a few photos of the flowering cacti.
Water Canyon hike
  We even came across a rogue elk!  Excellent.

Water canyon does not contain much water, or at least none that we could see, aside from a small, dingy-looking pond (puddle?) on the side of the trail.  I'm sure during rain storms this thing really gets going.  However, in June, it was a desert.  The plant life was a novelty to me, and the views were not really captured well on film, but believe me when I say they were worth the hike!  We hiked for several miles on a dirt road, and then went off the road to a trail that ended at an old mine.  The hike back, being the same path we had taken up the hill, would have been a bit boring, save for the boisterous group of Italians singing operas on the way. 

I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in Socorro.  It is about a 20 minute drive from town, and the views along the way are grand.  There was also a camp ground located at Water Canyon that looked quite nice, although very hot in the summer!


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The only water that we saw in Wat…
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Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Me with a cactus! :::
Water Canyo…
Me with a cactus! ::: Water Cany…
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Old mine :::
Water Canyon hike
Old mine ::: Water Canyon hike
Old mine:::
Water Canyon hike
Old mine::: Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Water Canyon hike
Elk!!:::
Water Canyon Road
Elk!!::: Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
Water Canyon Road
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