That Perfect Tree?

That Perfect Tree?

November 28, 2013.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. No matter our situation in life, we all have much to be thankful for. I know I do. Enjoy the day, love those around you, provide for those less fortunate, safe travels and good eats.

There is much to do in the Jemez this time of year. While some of the Forest Roads are muddy, snowy or icy, all of the highways are in good condition. Check with for current weather and road conditions. Whether you come to the Jemez to hunt, fish, gather firewood, camp, enjoy the hot springs, or just want to get out of town, be sure and stop in to Amanda’s and say hi.

There will be a lot of folks coming to the Jemez Mountains to harvest a Christmas Tree during the next few weeks. Here are some things that will help you to have an enjoyable time:

Santa Fe National Forest is selling Christmas Tree permits now and trees may be cut between November 25 and December 24, 2013. Forest Service Offices will be closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Jemez Ranger District Office just north of Jemez Springs is also closed on the weekends. Permits may also be purchased from the Walatowa Visitors Center at the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks next to the gas station seven days a week. The cost is $10 per tree (up to ten feet tall). For trees taller than ten feet, an additional permit must be purchased. The tags are also good to dig up a living tree.

Be prepared for winter weather with wet, muddy or snowy roads. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Winter storms can occur suddenly. If one comes up, start heading home. At a minimum, the following items should be a part of your trip into the woods:

Tire chains, tow strap, shovel, warm clothing, blankets, first aid kit, matches or flares, flashlight and a full gas tank. You cannot rely on your cell phone as it will not work in most areas of the Jemez Mountains.

Bring Grandma and the kids and be safe while having an enjoyable time and continuing to build family traditions.