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#11 ski3pin

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Posted 31 October 2022 - 07:24 PM

I certainly did enjoy tagging along.  Thanks for taking us to a new spot, and happy birthday to Julie.  We are headed out on a little birthday trip ourselves starting tomorrow.  It's the best birthday present - being out and about!

Is the best present everyday! Thanks for the nice comment and we always look forward to your posts!


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Posted 31 October 2022 - 07:25 PM

Very cool, added to the “list”. Thank you!

You are most welcome MDR!


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Posted 31 October 2022 - 09:56 PM

Thx for the trip report, pics, etc.  and happy birthday julie !

will circle this on my benchmark


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Posted 31 October 2022 - 11:37 PM

Thanks for your trip report ...you find the best places to go... what a great spot.

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Posted 31 October 2022 - 11:45 PM

Thx for the trip report, pics, etc.  and happy birthday julie !

will circle this on my benchmark

 

 

Thanks for your trip report ...you find the best places to go... what a great spot.

Rob

 

 

Thanks! It was a very nice couple of days up there. Upon returning home, I found Julie on the Internet looking at this hot spring resort - Castle Hot Springs in Arizona. Check out the prices per night. I don't think we'd fit in with our neighbors.
 


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Posted 31 October 2022 - 11:52 PM

Thanks! It was a very nice couple of days up there. Upon returning home, I found Julie on the Internet looking at this hot spring resort - Castle Hot Springs in Arizona. Check out the prices per night. I don't think we'd fit in with our neighbors.


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Posted 01 November 2022 - 12:48 AM

Hoochimama! As my dad used to say… I’m glad there are places like this….. that way we know where the folks are we don’t want to hang out with!
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Posted 01 November 2022 - 12:58 AM

Thanks! It was a very nice couple of days up there. Upon returning home, I found Julie on the Internet looking at this hot spring resort - Castle Hot Springs in Arizona. Check out the prices per night. I don't think we'd fit in with our neighbors.
 

But, but, but... you could get a half of a beet or some dirty carrots or even a flying tomato from their artisanal farm! Looks ritzy, and we would only go there if a close relative was getting married there. Don't you have relatives in AZ? Anyone need a wedding venue?

And if you go, you should insist on the helicopter ride from the Phoenix airport to the resort.


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Posted 01 November 2022 - 02:12 AM

I guess its a good thing unparalleled luxury really isn't my thing. For what my transmission is going to cost me I could spend a weekend there. 


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Posted 02 November 2022 - 10:18 PM

We stumbled onto Surprise valley about 8 years ago. We were coming up from Gerlach NV and it was running late so we planned to camp in the Cedar pass campground. We stopped for gas in Cedarville and saw a sign for the hot springs. The sign needed a bit of restoration so we asked if the hot springs were still operational. Told they were, we headed on over. What a find. It wasn't so popular then so there was plenty of room. We've been back several times since, but last year it was booked solid and long term planning for us is a day or two at best. The room decor is, to say, not typical. Each room is different with an odd somewhat rustic western decor but not overdone and not particularly kitschy In our last room was a large painting of bears dancing and drinking - I think each room has it's own unique painting.

 

About 2 hours north is Summer Lake Hot Springs Resort on Summer Lake OR. Also a great stop, although it too has become quite popular in the past few years. They have cabins, dry camping, RV sites with power and water, even a house for rent. New owners have upgraded and repaired the springs. A few miles away are the Paisley caves which have yielded strong evidence of human habitation over 14,000 years ago.

 

(Gerlach is an interesting quiet place about 9 months of the year - and it's not the summer heat that ruins the other three months.)


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