Hangin from the Rafters


Loftus from Below

Been a busy couple of months, here’s what I’ve been up to:

  1. Adding limited Google Maps functionality to the GPS page for Idaho. Only a few HS have been updated, but more are on the way. Once I’ve got ‘em all linked, I’ll put something together like I did for commercial Idaho hot springs.
  2. Compiling a listing of “The Legends of Hot Springs”, or something like that. Hot Springs already have rich histories, but there are a number of influential individuals that I’d like to acknowledge. This will be a hot springs history lesson you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s the short list:
    Skip Hill
    Evie Litton
    Moss Man (no joke)
    Hot Springs Harley
    Keeper Ken
    NZ Defendress
    Scenic Rick
    Tim Messing
    D & J
    … and many others. Got suggestions? Please comment!
  3. Completing the trip report from visiting hot springs in the Middle Fork Boise River area. Codenamed the PIE trip (Poison Ivy Eye).
  4. Working on a post about the “Gift of the Waters Pageant”, held annually in Hot Springs State Park.
  5. Listings on IHS for the remainder of all commercial hot springs.
  6. Trip planning for a possible run at Arizona Hot Springs, near Vegas.

Winter Travel Reminder

Travel and soak safely; check weather, road conditions and webcams before leaving. Then, check again. Especially if you are heading into the backcountry. Pack like you’re going to get stranded a couple days – bring extra food, clothes, water thermometer and sleeping gear. Also, try to not fall into a hot springs with all of your clothes on.

In Idaho (and SE Oregon), most remote backcountry locations do not have cell phone reception. I’ve been through places that are plowed 1-2x/day, weather permitting, and have soaked in pools that freeze the hair on your head, face and inner-nose in seemingly seconds. Just be careful.


Dancinbackwards said...

Can't wait to see all the new additions to the site! Keep up the good work! =)

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