For Behold, Los Ojos in the Flesh!

Los Ojos in Jemez Springs

By the time you get here you’ll be glad you did

Someone said I ought to show you what it looks like. I hope they were right. Now it’ll just fill up with Albuquerque hipsters and the bikers won’t have anywhere to go. Yeah, right. Jemez Springs is nice, though. Quite the decent vibe. The first thing my wife said when we sat down at Los Ojos was, “I’m never going to live here. It’s so FUCKING ISOLATED!” And she almost never swears, so I guess she meant it. We started this trip on New Mexico Rt. 4 at White Rock, where there are actual curbs and such, which might have triggered a “lost civilization” response. (Don’t judge her harshly, she has these throwbacks all the time!)

We both want to go back anyway. It just felt so…nice… and quiet. Not break-ass crazy like up in Taos. A kinder, gentler middle-of-nowhere, at least on Friday afternoon.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Fw August 11, 2013, 11:58 PM

    This is the type of place that I would eat at on my 2002 six week trip. I spent at least 5 days in most of the places I went, except Chama, that was 2 nights for the Cumbres & Toltec RR. When I travel, I don’t go to tourist type places and I usually stay in place I can cook and shop locally. When I was in Taos, I would go to a bakery out towards the hospital, it was like a co-0p bakery…great baked goods and there used to be a market heading north out of town on the right that was like a health food grocery store. Good Times..!!
    cheers…

    • JHF August 12, 2013, 12:44 AM

      Sounds like you know how to travel. That health food grocery store is Cid’s, BTW. An organic supermarket! We go there all the time. As for Los Ojos and Jemez Springs, I know I’m having fun here, but they’re truly worth a visit. Great drive from here, too.

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