Getting mystic at the Hot Springs ...
Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
650Trip End Apr 07, 2012
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Camping at Mystic Mike's Hot Springs
The plan was to head over to Mystic Hot Springs and on route stop off at San Rafael Reef. Millions of years ago this was an area completely covered in water but over the years this water has disappeared and left a vast amount of coral reef. The views were spectacular – we spent about 30 minutes looking out and trying to take it all in. We had our lunch before taking our first group shots – getting 36 people to stay in one place was tricky but eventually we managed and Ivo set up his tripod
The journey to Mystic Hot Springs took about 5 hours ... that included the stop off at the San Rafael Swell and a store stop. In Utah the store stops do not take much time as no one is buying any alcohol. This is because Utah sucks ... there is a 3.2% limit on the alcohol content in Beer so everything that is imported or brewed, regardless of the brand is as weak as anything. We both commented that our morning wee after a night out would have a higher alcohol content ... this little anecdote that made us chuckle for about 5 minutes! There has also been a distinct lack of liquor stores so we have come to the conclusion that Utah not only sells pretend beer, but has banned liquor and wine. We have also heard roller-skating has been banned. Utah ... it’s a beautiful but strange place.
When we finally arrived at the Hot Springs we were a bit taken aback. We imagined a beautiful, calming, sensual place where you could spend some time peacefully relaxing and losing the stresses of the Green Tortoise Tour
It was incredible. There were 3 levels which got progressively hotter; the lowest was a large square pool attached to a larger pool – which was home to a waterfall. The second level had 3 old bath tubs while the third level had 2 bath tubs and a natural spring that ran over rocks before reaching the tubs. We headed to the 3rd level which was the hottest – when we touched the water running over the rocks it was like someone had poured out the contents of a boiled kettle. It was so relaxing and peaceful – exactly what we hoped the Springs would be like – our initial reservations flew out of our minds, and we spent a great 2 hours working our way down the levels, finishing the night in a herbal essences advert type scenario under the waterfall whilst watching the stars.....