Blog Tales

Wilbur Hot Springs

We spent this past weekend at one of our most favorite places on the earth, Wilbur Hot Springs. It is way off the beaten path, away from electricity and cars and the fast pace of everyday life. There are only three places I know of that give me this kind of quiet, that I call "bone quiet." Devon-England, where our good friend Mollie lives, Wilbur Hot Springs, and Christmas morning in Santa Rosa when there is no freeway traffic noise...

This view of the lodge always makes me think of what Rivendell, from Lord of the Rings, might look like if you were to turn the corner and find yourself in Middle Earth...

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A familiar signature image of Wilbur, an early morning footprint set in frost, waiting to disappear with the morning sun...

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The water that fills the tubs and pools are the best hot waters we have ever found...

The beauty here is astounding...
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The large mineral pool from the footbridge looking towards the baths...
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and a closer view...
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The baths beneath the A-frame...
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Mysterious shapes form in the mineral water...
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as well as faces to be found in stone...
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and wood...
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and in the relaxed stance of the people who come to drink deeply of this sacred place, through resting, hiking and exploring, breathing in the beauty of this land...

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Most days, visitors bring in their own groceries to cook their meals... but on the "chef weekends" we are treated to the most gourmet of meals by renowned chefs Charlie and Marion Cascio...
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And, after one of their incredible feasts, it is the perfect time to wander off down the trail in search of more hot water and paths that lead to incredible discoveries...

like geysers... kept secret by the rocks...

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hidden crevices where water seeps through...
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creating amazing pools of wonder...
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and precious stones, waiting to be discovered...
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In the land of time out of time...