I finally got around to trying some color film processing at home. I used the Unicolor C-41 kit in the smallest one liter size which I got from Freestyle.
There is only one place left in Albuquerque that processes color on site, and it is clear across town from me. They charge six bucks for processing a roll of color. The Unicolor kit is $24 including shipping and will do a dozen rolls. Using Fuji 200, my total finished cost for a roll of color is about $4.50 each.
Color processing is not much different from b&w, though maintaining a high constant temperature and pouring the chemicals in and out of the containers requires a bit more care.
While I did not have a lot of confidence while working through the process for the first time, I found the scan results to be very similar to what I was getting from the commercial processor in terms of color, grain and tonal values.
I decided to produce my first color results using my Mercury II camera. It has a consistently reliable shutter, and gives me about 44 half-frame images on a roll of 24-frame Fuji.
La Crêpe Michel is the best place to eat in Old Town Albuquerque. We stopped in there earlier in the week. Started off with a good bottle of white and some escargot in a cream sauce. It only got better from there.