We spent this weekend in Magdalena/Kelly, NM, visiting a friend and camping in Water Canyon.
We spent Saturday afternoon visiting Dean and Connie, and enjoying the nice weather. We talked about rocks and weather and school and gardens, an so on. Dean was a friend of mine from the Magdalena school, and he recently retired, so it was good to catch up with him.
Then, we drove over to Water Canyon and slept in the bed of the truck. It was a cool, but pleasant night.
In the morning, we drove over to the Waldo Mine. We met the caretaker there and talked to him about the history there. As it turns out, he is a ham radio operator as well, so we ended up talking radio as well. After we chatted, it was time for him to close the gate, so we left and went over to the Kelly Mine, which was not very far away.
Unlike the Waldo, the Kelly is on National Forest land, so we were able to go over and see it without a caretaker. We walked around the structures, taking photos and GPS measurements. It was only a half a mile hike or so. I will post photos from the Waldo and the Kelly on my Industrial Archeology page later this week.
We left there and drove up Hop Canyon and then Patterson Canyon, though we did not explore very much, as these both end on private land. Then, we drove back to Dean’s to pick up something we left at his house, before returning to Rio Rancho.
On our departure from Socorro (we switched vehicles in Socorro), I noticed the engine light had popped on in the Crown Vic. Soon after, the gas cap light illuminated. The gas cap was tightened properly, so we stopped at AutoZone to get the engine code read. As it turns out, both banks of cylinders are running lean. I’ll deal with that sometime later this week.
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