Socorro or Bust!

Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

So I am completely aware I haven't updated this in a while, but as I'm sure you've noticed, I made a drastic transition from small town Washington, to even smaller town New Mexico. My mother and I made the long trek (via plane of course) to the Land of Enchantment so I could catch my first glimpse of my future school, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology! 

Once we got off the plane and received our rental car, my mom and I headed south toward the University. We did however, make a quick pit stop in the town of Los Lunas, just outside of Albuquerque to get lunch at the town's Sonic! Being from Washington State where it seems to be in a constant rain storm, we don't really have any Sonics, and I've already seen three! After our quick lunch break we headed onward to Socorro, which is about 75 miles south of Albuquerque. 

While driving to Socorro, my mother and I noticed some rather ominous clouds shrouding the nearby mountains. My mom even claimed to have seen lightening flashes, and soon, it began to sprinkle. But, unlike my beloved Evergreen state, the rain was only temporary. Once we made it into town I couldn't resist driving by Tech (the shorter, cooler name for the University). We followed the rather skimpy signs out to the far western side of the town where I had the opportunity to see the campus for the very first time! And, although, it was a brief drive by, I already have extremely good feelings about this place! I will go into more details about it tomorrow, when I get the grand tour! 

After our quick detour by the college, we returned to California St., which is clearly the main arterial, and is where a majority of all businesses are located. Our motel was actually quite close to the turn off for the college, but the dreary rain clouds prevented us from strolling all the way back to the school, and besides, I wanted to see Socorro! After all, if/when I go to school here, this will be my new homeland! 

After a bit of regrouping in the room, we headed down to Walmart and bought a travel cooler, and some previsions for our upcoming road trip! And when we went back to the room, Socorro seemed to be in a bit of a clear patch (referring to the weather) and we decided to walk down California St. to scout out some potential dinner locations, and see what this booming metropolis of 8,000 (or so) had to offer. While walking on the main drag we didn't see anything too exciting, however, the farther south we headed, the more quaint the town got. We turned off California and found ourselves in a more historic and old part of town. A beautiful adobe church was tucked a block off the main road, and lots of cute old fashion Southwestern buildings dotted the pedestrian friendly street.

Eventually we headed back to the room and decided to go have some New Mexican cuisine at the Mexican diner next to the hotel called "El Camino". It was a very old school diner with a authentic Mexican twist, which I found fun, refreshing, and enjoyable. The food was quite yummy and I even saw a Tech student reading over a math book in one of the booths near us. 

After our long day of traveling and exploring, we headed off to bed, but not before both my mom and I ate our own individual cartons of ice cream that we purchased earlier. I inhaled a Ben and Jerry's concoction, and my mother gobbled up some Haagen daas treat of her own. I then rolled away to bed and drifted off to sleep dreaming about my future life here in the Southwest.
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