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…
This last tweak of my back was a bad one. One of the worst in years. I have an extremely high pain threshold and this one nearly had me on my knees a bunch of times.
Usually after one week I’m fine to make some swings and play a few golf holes. I’d hoped I could make my league appearance today, to continue my moneylist leading season. Unfortunately my back has other plans for me, which would include doing nothing.
Now I’m wondering if I’ll even be able to play my regular Thursday game. My buddy Marius may not get a shot at taking more cash from me.
I just got a great text message from a golf pal of my named Bryant.
Bryant is an Iraq war veteran who was nearly killed by a road side bomb. He’s been through a lot of pain and damage to his body as a result. He has a new passion for golf.
He’s playing in a benefit tournament right now, details of which I’m not fully informed. He’s playing with, and being coached by Butch Harmon! He didn’t even know who Butch was when he texted me so I let him know that Butch has coached some moderately famous golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Bryant could use some good coaching now, as he’s new to the game. It would be good for Butch to start him off right, instead of Bryant learning a bunch of bad habits.
More details to come…