Chama NM

One of our favorite places in New Mexico is the small northern town of Chama which was the destination of this month’s RV trip. After settling into our site on Thursday, Friday we drove to Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  At lunchtime we stopped in at one of the local BBQ places only to find there was a 45 minute wait.  We decided to drive over to the other end of town to another BBQ, only to find they aren’t open for lunch!  Grrrr (that’s my tummy talking).  By this time we are famished, but couldn’t really decide where to eat — you’d think any place would do!  DH made the decision to stop at JJ’s Riverwalk along the main drag.  They have a limited lunch menu, and we both selected a french dip sandwich which was the best I’ve ever had.  The bread was tasty and just crisp enough to complement the tender beef, onions and mushrooms.  We also had a bowl of delicious crab bisque.  If you get a chance to stop at JJs, I think you’ll like it. 

On Saturday we took a drive along some country roads south of Chama — just wandering wherever the mood struck.  We stopped at Tierra Wools in Ojos.  We have wanted to stop there for several years, but never took the time.  The building is ancient, and the wood floors seem to chatter to you as you walk the length.  The back room has looms — I didn’t count, but maybe 8 to 10 looms — each with a work in progress.  There are stacks of completed work to browse through, and we came across one that said “take me home” so we did.  It isn’t hung yet, so I don’t have a picture, but I’ll post one soon.  It’s done in beautiful neutrals, somewhere between coco and grey.   Since this year is our 30th anniversary, this was our gift to each other. 

While on the drive, we found ourselves on a little one lane road leading up to Corkin’s Lodge.  The lane is bordered with cabins and homes, some seasonal and some year-round residences.  We’re city folk, and we are always a little envious of people who have what it takes to live so close to nature.  We saw some deer in a front yard and stopped to get a picture.  One deer took note and came toward us.  If our dogs hadn’t been going nuts in the back seat I’m sure she would have come right up to the car. 

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