Jessica's Birthday at Lava Hot Springs

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For my Birthday, Jake and I decided to drive two and a half hours Southeast to the town of Lava Hot Springs in Southwestern Idaho.  The drive was over a mountain pass and then down through a beautiful lake-strewn valley which led us to the little town of Lava. When we checked into the Hotel, we got to talking with the old female owner who graciously provided us with an upgrade to a second floor suite in honor of my Birthday. The room had a huge mineral water jacuzzi and a plush king sized bed.

First thing that Jake and I did was go out and explore the quaint downtown area where we saw hundreds of people carrying tubes up and down the "tuber's path" along the Pontneuf River. We rented a two person tube for half a day and made several trips down the sometimes gushing, sometimes calm river. 

Although the river was not frigid, in the late afternoon we were both chilled enough that we made our way to the splendid Lava Hot Springs outdoor facilities with a multitude of pools with shinny river rocks on the bottom and bubbles floating up from the warm springs below. Here we talked and soaked and felt totally at peace with the atmosphere around us.

Eventually we ate Thai food at a restaurant recommended by many locals, took another stroll downtown in the moonlight and then went back to the hot pools for one last late night immersion. After a wonderful night's sleep, we headed back towards Wyoming---however at the town of Soda Springs Jake decided to take a left turn in order to discover the little dusty Main street. It was along this strip that we spotted the classic and supposedly haunted Enders Hotel---and quite to our surprise, when we pulled around back to its parking lot, we spotted a sign for a geyser. While standing on the viewing platform, the geyser decided to spout off, sending warm carbonated mineral water a hundred feet skyward and with a slight shift of the wind, soaked us both. 

Jake had his heart set on eating breakfast inside the classic western hotel and was not disappointed with its ornate aura upon entering. We sat at a cozy booth, ate breakfast, and talked with many locals. It was here that a friendly waitress informed us that less than a mile away we could sample the once world famous "Soda Springs Water" from a bubbling pool covered by an old wooden pavillion. 

At this place known as Hooper Spring, Jake and I partook of the interestingly carbonated mineral water direct from a bubbling underground spring. We also had a convivial time with an old local gentleman who had once lived and worked in Soda Springs during his formative years but was now a resident of Palm Springs, California, and was showing his son and his son's partner the local sites. The man's name was Tony and Jake said that his demeanor and engagingly hypnotic voice reminded him of his grandfather. 

After saying goodbye to Tony and his family, we once again drove through the valley,and over the pass back to our summer cabin in western Wyoming.
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James Ville on

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, Jess! You're really lucky, you know that right? haha :)

It's very nice to have these moments captured on film and posted in a blog like this. These will make wonderful memories, and stories to tell in the years to come.

Jackie (Mom) on

What a dreamy birthday weekend. I'm glad you are enjoying life and everything it has to offers.

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