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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Frenchman's Bend Hot Springs

 Skis are only good for so long before a person needs a new pair. People along Warm Springs Road leading into Ketchum from the west, seemed to have recycling down to an art.
 
 



Functional for sitting and waiting.



Fly fishermen around about every corner along the bike path as we finished our warm 30 mile bike ride with temps in the high 80s.

Just plain silly art

Base of Bald Mountain Ski  Resort, where we had skied a few years ago, looks much different in the summer.

Newberry, VT ski team training on the trails (the guy in yellow way down the path). They were pretty speedy on their cross country skates.


You can see the theme of this blog has been a lot about skiing. Half way through our bike ride, Mike stopped at a ski shop sale and found his birthday present, Kastle MX 105 with Rossi Axial 120 bindings. Just the sound of the names make him quiver.
He was looking at them with that special sparkle in his eyes and a gentle caress. He asked if I wanted to go with him to get them and I passed. He likes to visit with the sales guy and look things over. I am just ready to get in and get out and told him I had things to do. He should go alone. He seemed pretty happy about that.

Our last day in Ketchum and Sun Valley we headed 10 miles down Warm Springs Road into the national forest. The only way to find the hot springs is a turnout and a sign on the hill. We walked a short distance along the dirt road and saw the steam coming from the bubbles in the pools, thermally heated to a piping 110°—and better than any resort hot tub.
After an hour alone, people started to show up, a few at a time. We enjoyed visiting with a lady whose father was the Green Hornet in the 1960s. She has done stunt work for models that didn't want to dive into the water and boy was she fit.

 
When I would start to get too warm, I would dip over into the cold river so I could return to the warm. Idaho has too many hot springs to count. Some are commercial and many are in the national forest and BLM land to use for free and beautiful. We may have to come back and try more of them out.

 
 Our question after being here a couple of days was "why didn't we plan to stay longer?"
We fixed that by canceling some reservations and rerouted our plans to stay 10 days in the area instead of the original four.


4 comments:

  1. We loved our day visits to Sun Valley. I so wanted to camp at Redfish for a few days but our workamping duties in Arco only allowed for some day trips. It is most definitely beautiful country. I'm now back in Colorado communing with my "stuff" in storage and getting my CO fix LOL.
    Nice photos showcasing the area.

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    1. We are also in Colorado and just left Independence Pass and Aspen. We will peek in our some of our stuff while in Colorado Springs visiting my dentist.

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  2. Wow, that's a creative use for old skis! I never thought about skis wearing out. But that's because I'm not a skier. I don't really like snow. It's too cold. :-)) Those hot springs look divine.

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    1. Maybe a tour of hot springs in the future might not be a bad idea.

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