Bandera Volcano and VLA

We worked so hard during December and January (1999) that we decided to do something else next weekend. So, we took our car and drove to the north NM...
We drove very early morning because we couldn't sleep. First we visited an Ice Cave , it's actually a small cave with a small icy lake inside. One can just see it from the bridge but can't go inside. It's not exciting and don't worth visiting but it's still registered in the National Cave Directory. Can you believe it?
Anyway we liked a nature there. It is like in South Ural with small mountains, pine trees and others. This nature is very different from the Las Cruces desert. And it's much colder there too. We saw old volcano crater with pieces of lava around that place.
On the back way we visited Astronomical laboratory which has 27 big radio telescope antennas in the one area. It's very strange view. Imagine the big field with many giant dishes around. If you saw "Contact" movie you should remember they showed all these antennas. Each antenna stands on the special platform which can be easily moved. It allows to have different configurations depending on the research area. We stood very close to it, we could almost touch it...