Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gratitude Monday -- A Good Soaking

Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

Our weekend guest had to cancel. This was sad.
It left Mike with a weekend off so we went to Radium Hot Springs, B.C. for a good soaking. We've been wanting to go for months and this gave us the opportunity.
It's about a five -hour drive from home with most of that time in the mountains. We chose the Jasper-Banff Highway on the way there and hit some nasty weather. Icy bits, snow on the highway and more of it falling. Several vehicles were embedded in snowbanks along the road. Many of them were empty and had likely been there a while.
We had a lovely soak in the mineral springs with the occasional visit to the smaller, jacuzzi style hotter pool (108F or 42C). There was even one brave soul swimming in the cold pool.
It was a cool, near-spring day and the warmth of the water was especially welcome. As you can see in the photo there is snow on the mountains. It makes the mineral springs feel all that much healthier.
We came back along a different, bare, dry highway under the strengthening March sun
I'm grateful I got a chance to have a proper soaking in the springs, grateful for trip itself, and grateful that I live within easy driving distance of mountain hot springs.


Laurita said...

Now that sounds like a great way to rejuvenate.

messymimi said...

A wonderful way to move to Plan B when a guest has to cancel.

Leah J. Utas said...

The best, Laurita. The best.

Messymimi, it sure was.

the Bag Lady said...

Ooohhh... Radium in the almost-spring. Excellent way to spend an otherwise disappointing weekend. (Sorry your friends couldn't visit.)
I hope to get back there someday soon.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, what a great destination! You really do live in a lovely area with so much awesomeness within driving distance. Glad you had a good soak!

thequiltingdoberman said...

Oh my gosh...that would be heavenly!

Leah J. Utas said...

Bag Lady, it was a good getaway.

Crabby, we really do. We've got three mountain hot springs close by and a fourth not too much farther.

thequiltingdoberman, yes. We are spoiled.

Red said...

Haven't been to Radium for a long time but always liked it. Sounds like you had a great day.

Hilary said...

Wow.. that looks wonderful. Too bad about the guest but you sure made some fine lemonade.

Leah J. Utas said...

Red, it was wonderful.

Hilary, thanks. Some of the best lemonade ever.

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh that looks lovely! I adore hot springs but as far as I know there aren't any in the whole of Britain!

Leah J. Utas said...

None at all, Jenny? Oh, sorry to learn that. I feel so spoiled now.