Category Archives: Vacation 6

Blacked Out

I’ve got my truck canopy totally blacked out now and I’m packed and ready to roll. I had Driggs Tire throw a stock muffler on this morning and she sounds pretty good. It’s not a high-performance model but it has quieted my roaring engine down a lot.

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Hot Springing

Driving through Central Oregon late Sunday afternoon, somewhere between Springfield and Sisters, looking for a campground to settle into, when the thought struck me. Maybe there’s a hot springs around here? I fired up the search feature on my amazing Garmin GPS, started typed in “Hot” and up popped Belknap Hot Springs, 12 miles ahead. Oh sure, I thought, no way I could be so lucky. My back was sore from a lot of driving and I sure could use a soak so it was worth venturing off the road to check it out. Maybe they were open on a Sunday? This ain’t Mormon land so the chances were good, if they were still in business. Maybe they had campsites? Is my serendipity such that I could actually soak and stay?

When I pulled in I found it to be big and classy, no run down hick hot springs here. The front desk was like a 3 star hotel and the lady found me the very last RV spot available and she was surprised it was open. They even had two hot pools, one for the general public and one for the RV guests, of which I was suddenly one. After the tepid 99 degrees of Norris (they want the people to stay in longer so they can sell more beer) the 104 did wonders for my back.

So there I was in the canopy of my travel truck with a raging river at my feet writing this post (without internet unfortunately, too far from the main building). I’d had three separate soaks, a good shower, a dinner of cold organic beans with white tuna, and dark chocolate for dessert. Life don’t get much better, I thought…

But wait! The next day I was more direct in pursuing a hot springs to camp out in. I recalled a fine time I had at Miracle Hot Springs a few years back when I had to pick Steph up at the Boise airport. It’s only an hour from the airport and I stayed there the night before. So, I called them from the freeway as I was passing through Boise and they said spots were available. I asked about wifi and the girl said no but their other operation down the road did, so she set me up there. When I arrived I got a nice little spot for $15 and a senior discount all day soak for $6.50. Now here’s the kicker. After setting up camp I came back to the pool to soak and asked about the warmest spot. It turns out the pool is just a large communal warm swimming pool, but it didn’t matter, since they recommended I shoot over to Miracle (just down the road) and get a private room since I was already checked in, and a senior. Really?

Sure enough, for no extra charge I got my own room until 1700 (it was 1530 when I checked in). There was a hose bringing in hot water straight from the springs and before long I had it up around 110° and I was cooking my naked ass off in private. OK, kaboom, it just got way better! Total price for the whole package, including campsite: $21.50.

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Korda Lane

I’ve been driving all day and just can’t seem to get out of Idaho. I’m on the way to see my boy and his wife but got snagged for an over-niter in the border town called Korda Lane. Pretty hopping little pretentious place and the sloppy pig was pretty good. There are a few photos to show, click the one below…

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Flower Child

Well, it’s been a fun month off but my employer is going to drag me kicking and screaming back to work next week. It’s probably a good thing, the sun was taking a toll on my skin and I’m starting to have flashbacks.

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The Cabins

I took a little overnight trip yesterday to one of my favorite places, Lava Hot Springs. I had the choice of camping in my truck, paying tourist season ripoff rates at the motels, or trying something new. I chose Bristol Cabins, a funky little place on the river that offers small one room cabins with no bathroom, no TV, and no internet, for $50.

I went the back way around Palisades reservoir, through Freedom, WY and got stuck in two long construction waits. I just got out of my rig like everyone else and made the most of it.

It was a fine day at Lava: two good soaks, dinner and huckleberry ice cream in town, but it was a rough night at my cabin. I had really bad leg cramps that forced me out of bed every hour, and the bed creaked loudly so all my neighbors knew about it. I could hear them get out of their creaky beds also. At 0500 I was out of there…

So, you know the drill, click the photo below (which was not my cabin btw :-) to see all of the shots.

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