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Home Depot in Albuquerque and Late Night Camping – May 15, 2016

We decided to stop in Albuquerque to go to the Home Depot for parts. We needed to repair the hot water heater and decided enough was enough with the grill. 

It was next door to a Costco which made everything mighty convenient. Repairs were made to the hot water heater after quite a bit of water was spilled. We bought a new grill from Costco and Jon worked on installing it in the outside nook. 

After several hours, Jon decided that the grill would require much more time than we had at the moment. So we headed out. It was around 7:15.

Our route took us down classic Route 66. The Home Depot part was not nice. I’m assuming that the Pussycat Video stores are X rated. Lots of empty storefronts. The section near the University of New Mexico was very well preserved/updated.

We hoped that camping would be pretty easy since it was Sunday night. There aren’t any parks or national lands offering campsites nearby, as expected. We planned on camping at Joe Skeen in El Malpais National Conservation Area. There are 10 campsites there. We pulled in around 9:00 which is well after dark. All of the sites were taken.

There aren’t any other federal campgrounds anywhere close. We headed south since there is Dispersed camping available off of the National Scenic Byway 20 miles south of us. Since it was already about 9:15 and dark, we weren’t thrilled about the distance or the lack of light.

It gave us an opportunity to try out the Fuso’s lighting array. They work very well. We turned off at a side road and turned off onto another side road where we found a place to pull over and boondock. 

We pulled in at around 10:00. We were both very tired and hungry. So it was an omelet for dinner. We finally crawled into bed at about 11:30.

Woke to the sound of barking Prairie Dogs. There were mounds all around the vehicle. Their barking sounded a little like chihuahua puppy barks. Until we disturbed them, they were barking almost continuously. 

Since we had an omelet last night, we had ham steak for breakfast. It gave us an opportunity to try out the new grill. It worked just great.

The photos of our campsite, etc are from the morning of May 16th. 

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