First of all, we were exhausted … exhilarated, but exhausted … after 5 rallies in a row, 20+ seminars and one 2-day hands on class. We left Gillette mid-day on July 4. July 4 is our anniversary and we wanted to repeat our first anniversary during our full-time RVing life. In 2004 we discovered a fabulous hot springs in Thermopolis, WY and that’s where we spent our anniversary. What a gorgeous drive it was over the Powder River Pass thru the Bighorn mountains and south to Thermopolis.
We arrived at the Fountain of Youth RV park about 5 o’clock, already feeling relaxed and renewed. Filled with the beauty of the Wyoming mountains. After we got parked, we quickly changed into bathing suits and went straight to the hot springs.
They’ve added a new barrier in the pool since we were here last. Now you have the choice to stay in the north third of the pool which is about 100 degrees, or climb into the middle section at 102-104. The third, southernmost section is too hot for people … sane people anyway. The little volcano at the southern end is where the hot springs is coming into the pool at about 128 degrees.
After our first soak, we went back to the RV and made a home cooked meal for what seems like the first time in weeks. We even set the dining room table and ate like civilized folks rather than at our computers! There’s little or no Verizon signal here, and the free Wi-Fi is in and out. There’s also no TV. OMG, we were forced to look at each other and talk! All we could talk about is how lucky we are and what a wonderful life we have. What a great thing we did 15 years ago by getting married! Then we went back at night to soak some more, wait for the fireworks, and listen to live music by the park owner. Here’s a little video:
The next day we started with another soak.
Then we went into town and had breakfast at the Thermopolis Café, then visited the Dinosaur Museum.
Once we were in the tourist mode, we just kept on going. We had seen a sign back up the road a ways for tours at the Wyoming Whiskey distillery. Umm … OK! Hey! It said Stop … so we did.
By the time we got back home, it was NAP time! No phone, no Internet. Started the day with a hot springs soak, then played tourist, tasted Wyoming Whiskey, had lunch at a great hamburger place. Now THAT’s a recipe for relaxation. We napped for the rest of the afternoon, then repeated the night before of soaking, swimming, and listening to music.