If you’re reading my blog for the first time, you’re probably wondering why I’d post about being so happy to play golf. Well for the last 13 days, I’ve had back spasms from hell. Ever wonder what it would feel like if someone stabbed you in the lower spine with an ice pick? Just ask me.
Today I played a complete round of golf for the first time since July 16th or 19 days. That is an eternity for a golf addict who is used to playing 4-5 times per week. That’s the equivalent of Obama going two sentences without the word “change” in one. In other words, a long freakin’ time.
Though my round today was a high score, I don’t care. I played golf and finished without having to crawl home.
Tomorrow I’ll be happily playing golf with my close golf buddies. My pal Marius from sumi-g wants to take my money. He can have it. I’ll just be happy to play.
My back recovery is coming along, but much slower than usual. This last tweak was very bad. I’ve had numerous occasions where stabbing pains and spasms literally caused me to yell or groan. Sitting is not fun. I get very stiff and have to move around to loosen up after sitting for even 5-10 minutes.
While watching Tiger and the final round of the Buick, I’ve been going outside during commercials and making some light golf swings in my bare feet. These are the first swings I’ve attempted since the 21st of July.
I feel okay but very scared to really go for one. I’m going to just keep easing myself into the swings.
Tiger is now on the 18th fairway, with a three shot lead. I’m thinking of strapping on my gear and heading to the range to hit some easy shots and see if I can do it.
Sometimes being a golf blogger can really suck. I should quit. How bad is it to have to go to a fine resort for three days, eat great food, bathe in four different types of hot mineral springs and get massages? Bad bad bad. I guess I’d better at least finish this review of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa before I submit my resignation.
About Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is located in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, about 50 miles outside of Santa Fe. The nearest decent airport is 111 miles away in Albuquerque.
The waters at Ojo have been a haven for many different peoples, from the ancestors of Native American Tewa Indian tribes, to the Spaniards in the 1500’s, to golf bloggers in 2009. There’s much more detailed history, sans the golf blogger part, here.
Four different mineral springs
Ojo Caliente has the distinction of being the only hot springs on our planet with four distinct types of mineral water: iron, lithium, soda and arsenic.
There are 10 different pools, some private, filled with these varying waters or combinations of them. The pool temperatures range from 80-109 degrees F.
I’m continuing my food theme today with a small review of Alamo Salt Works Original seasonings. I just got back from a camping trip to southern Utah, where I used my Alamo rub to top some awesome steaks I cooked by the camp fire. Man were they good.
I’ve received many spice submissions, surprisingly, and I’ve tried many on slabs of meat. The Alamo is one of the best I’ve tried. My fellow campers (dad and two offspring) loved it too.
This original rub-shake-mix would be great on any kind of meat, fish or veggies. I’m going to make some homemade french fries tonight and I’ll be testing out the Alamo on them as well. I’m sure my taste buds will be happy.
Golf and barbecue sauce. No two things go better together. 🙂
I just polished off, checked off, a batch of BBQ sauce from my massive golf BBQ sauce queue. I guarantee you nobody has a larger golf BBQ sauce queue than me!
Seriously though, this one was pretty nice. I put some Simmie J’s Spicy Gourmet Hickory BarBQ on a whole chicken baked in the oven, chicken breasts, ribs at my buddy’s place on the barbie, and had a bunch of it atop of some chicken nuggets. All tests excellent.
Simmie J’s recipe dates back to the 1840’s, proving that many good things stand the test of time.
The Simmie J web site isn’t as good as their sauce, obviously because their focus is on their tasty sauce and not their web design! Maybe for a few bottles I can clean it up for them…