Recently I drove from Montana to California. A few days before starting out, my friend Mary Jane informed me she was coming along for a spontaneous road trip adventure. The trip usually takes 2 long days of driving and includes by a nice overnight stay with daughter Elizabeth and family in Draper, Utah.
This trip, on the suggestion of my brother-in-law, John, MJ and I stayed over night in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. We pulled into Lava Hot Springs (http://www.lavahotsprings.org) just in front of a snowstorm. The quaint, sleepy little town was frosted in blizzard vanilla icing. We found a hotel, had a nice dinner at a tiny restaurant, and hit the hay. In the morning, we walked through the snow in our swimsuits and flip flops to soak in the steamy hot springs. Then, relaxed and refreshed from our soak, we headed out of town to continue our road trip.
In keeping wth the hot springs theme of the trip, MJ found another that was just a short detour from the usual route. The lure of Mystic Hot Springs was the opportunity to stay over night in an old school bus or in an historic pioneer cabin. And of course to soak in the hot springs, the options being a pool or a choice of claw-footed bathtubs on the hillside (http://www.mystichotsprings.com/). Mystic Hot Springs is also the venue for music festivals and has campgrounds in addition to school buses and historic cabins. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the buses and cabins were booked :-) We marked Mystic Hot Springs as a stop on another trip.
Next morning we were back on the road with MJ at the wheel. She spotted HWY 89 and off we went to our new unplanned destination: Bryce Canyon National Park (http://www.brycecanyon.com). If you've been there, you know that the beauty of the area can take your breath away. Snowy paths and stunning views of the canyons, chiseled by the creative forces of nature. We feasted our eyes on glorious rock formations, forested paths, and jet black ravens gliding over us.
What can possibly follow the breathtaking scenery of Bryce Canyon? Why, Zion National Park of course (http://www.zionnationalpark.com)! Because we didn't have nearly as much time to spend in either park, we simply followed the road through the Zion's southern corner. If Bryce Canyon was full of spires and pinnacles, Zion was full of giants. Massive cliff sides and deep gorges in brilliant brick reds and oranges sprinkled with the deep greens of the forest. The spring flowers were just starting to bloom, too. What a show!
Yes, we had an adventure and laughed our way through six states. Thanks for the fun, MJ! What a ride!
Next week I will have a new painting to share. In the meantime, check out these pictures of the unmatched creativity of nature's artwork, plus a few Mystic hot tubs.
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