In addition to things like neat towns and local micro brew - Derek and I will stop - or detour - for hot springs. And if this week wasn't THE best time to do that I don't known when it would be. With a snow storm and very cold temperatures eminent for this week, Derek started searching for a respite late last week.
He found Indian Hot Springs - with a hotel!! It actually has an RV Park as well but it was going to be much to cold to stay in the van.
The springs have quite the interesting history. Being discovered by the Indians it became an actual bath house in 1863. The hotel and pool was built in 1911 with an extensive renovation in 1924. The hotel register contains a diversity of names including: Frank and Jesse James, the Vanderbilts and the Roosevelts.
It didn't take us long upon arrival to find the pool. Hot but not really hot.
This picture was actually taken the next day - you can see how the temperature drop creates the steam. It is sure a teeth chatterer getting from the pool back to the change room!
And then look what appeared as forecasted Tuesday morning - quite the change from the first picture.
Being at a hotel - having a cold van - and a little down on groceries - we walked to downtown for dinner. Good thing it wasn't any further than a few blocks - again - what a change from the day before.
This cold thing is still pretty new to Cassia - these are the coldest temperatures she has ever experienced - not to keen on snowball fights now, eh little one!?
But it IS pretty.
Not much more to show unless you wanted to see us lounging around the hotel room for a couple of days. We have really moved in!
Today was much better - still cold but at least the snow has stopped and the sun came out. Cassia took the opportunity to build a snowman.
Twice we've gone to the hot spring pool at night - we just returned from tonights visit.
Our favourite spot - where the hot water enters the pool.
Although we have enjoyed our time here we are once again restless and happy to be back on the road tomorrow. Hitting the border is in sight and we were happy to find out this evening that we can move into our new home when we arrive - even with quite a bit of snow. Here's hoping for a warm end of the month.
Oh and by the way - this evening we stopped in at Canyon Trading here in Idaho Springs. We were in desperate need of some gloves. It is a really great store and we were thrilled with our drastically reduced gloves for us $5! and a toque, scarf and mitten set for Cassia at a steal of $10 - really cute - light and dark pink and green - I'm sure you'll see them in a future post. The Owner really treated us well! Another great reason to visit Idaho Springs!
Tomorrow we are off to Boulder - it promises to be another neat town!
TODAY'S INTERESTING LINK: Derek suggested that I provide the link to the word Tommyknockers which is the name of the brewery in Idaho Springs. Neither of us had heard the term before - pretty interesting.