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I absolutely loved this hot spring in the Alvord Desert because you can control the heat and keep it nice and toasty your whole soak! In fact sometimes it got too hot in there which is even better when the weather is below the 20s! We were surprised that there were 3 other small groups here during Thanksgiving and the bad weather but it was still very quiet & private, especially since we picked a campsite way in the back against the playa and were the only ones camped back there. You can camp on the playa for free but when it's wet from rain or snow it isn't advisable to go out there since it gets crazy muddy and your car can get stuck so if you're coming out here and run into bad weather the Alvord Hot Springs is a good alternative to camp at.
"The greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination. It's all the wild stuff that happens along the way". I mostly agree with that but I mean the final destination is usually pretty epic lol! Joe and I are actually used to driving a lot since we try to hike most weekends and our day trip drives range from 2 hours round trip (best case scenario) to 6-8 hours roundtrip depending where the hike is. This was our longest drive in awhile though which took almost 11 hours ONE way because of the bad weather and stops along the way. We had some hiccups on the way there and on the way back but overall the journey was so much fun with a lot of beautiful and funny moments.
This little remote hot spring in the high desert was one of my favorite experiences of the trip because we were the only ones here and it really felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. The snow had been falling since last night so the drive there was a little scary and eerie and we only saw 2 trucks going the opposite direction. We were worried the spring wouldn't be warm enough but it was plenty hot and it was so peaceful soaking in the springs watching the snow fall around us and enjoying the quiet. I love how deep and wide the springs are, the soft squishy bottom, and the large flat rocks to sit on around the sides.
Hot spring soaks are 100x better in the snow! This was the 1st hot spring we got to enjoy this holiday weekend and it was amazing. The steam was crazy though and it was hard getting any good shots but the sunset was a golden pink fire! 🔥 Joe and I spent the last couple days in the Alvord Desert and it was so much fun! We didn't get to do any of the hiking we planned or camp on the playa because the snow came and covered everything and the playa isn't safe to drive on when it is wet since your car will most likely get stuck in the wet clay!
A steamy soak in a hot spring on a cold fall or winter morning is always a magical and relaxing time 🛀 We are still working out plans for next weekend but we are thinking of doing a mini road trip to either Oregon, Canada, or Idaho to check out some hot springs and do some hiking and/or camping! I've been wanting to do Idaho and also see more of Canada and Oregon for awhile now but the drive times are so lengthy so hopefully it works out! Staying in Washington would still be fun too though!
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Happy Monday! Just a little reminder that you can handle anything the week throws at you! And if you need a little help there's always coffee in the morning & wine at night to get you through it lol! Just kidding...kind of. But on another note I've been trying to set mini goals for the week each Monday. I've still been struggling to get my gym routine back in check since Italy & have only been going about 3 times a week, plus at least 1 hike on the weekends. Last week I did start to incorporate my morning runs back in and got 3 small runs in at home, 3 days at the gym, and hiked this weekend. I also pushed myself hard on my lifting days to get back to normal & hope to hit some new PR's soon. Lastly I cooked healthy all week!
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Ocean Shores Beach, Washington. May 10, 2016
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Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight. The longer I explore, the more I’m so grateful for it 🌲 ~ hope you all have an amazing week ahead!!