(Ken) May 28, 2013. After a wonderful week of visiting and all the necessary maintenance completed, Jodi and I were ready to continue our trek through Wyoming. Only one more week and we would arrive at Luton’s Teton Cabins for our first Work Camping gig!
We had been on the road for nearly 60 days at this point and we were really ready to get back to work. We still 5 days to occupy our time and 400 miles left to travel. There had to be something we could find between Cheyenne and Moran, Wyoming to occupy our time!
Our normal daily drive time is usually between 4 and 6 hours; and the town of Thermopolis, Wyoming was right at the 4-hour mark. The town claims the world’s largest mineral hot spring – Geothermal heated springs where the water averages 104 degrees.
The heated waters have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations & disability rehabilitation locations.
We decided to stay at a campground in town and spend the afternoon in the Hot Springs relaxing. With the springs high mineral content; one of the more prevalent minerals is sulfur; thus, the Hot Spring houses and the surrounding area have a wonderful (and pungent) odor.
A long week of visiting, maintenance, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking takes it toll and the hot water eased all the aching muscles and relieved any and all tension therein. Once we got past the strong sulfur smell of the water; the relaxing began!
We lounged in the indoor pool, the outdoor pool, the natural hot spring water slide, and the vent sauna until we were both well pruned. It was like taking a long, hot bath where the water never got cold!
Once showered (…in naturally heated water) we took a short walk around the mineral terraces and a short drive through Hot Springs State Park before heading back to the campground for the evening.
Needless to say, we both slept like babies that night….(I woke up every 2-hours wanting fed and needing changed!) We rose early and readied ourselves for the next leg and our next destination – Yellowstone National Park!
Until next time our friends………………Cheers