Friday brought us another beautiful day and more hot springs! After the traditional pancakes with blueberries (and a bit of scrambled eggs on the side), we drove from Goat River to Cranbrook where we restocked some supplies (Tim Hortons coffee, bbq lighter, s’more fixin’s).
We drove up through Kimberly and Invermere, before winding our way up to Lussier hot springs.
The hot springs were PACKED: A couple families with small kids, a big group of rowdy drinking teenage boys, and a few quieter older couples. With the river run-off still so high, only one pool was accessible, and it was ‘warm’ at best. Everyone was crowding into the one available pool, but fortunately we were able to find a small nook, a bathtub-sized section, just meant for the two of us, where we huddled in and soaked up the minerals. My silver rings turned this weird reddish-brown colour (which hadn’t happened in any of the other springs we’ve visited recently). I intended to get some photos of the effect, but they buffed back up to silver before I remembered to do so.
Once we’d had enough of the splashing, shrieking kids, and the loud obnoxious drunk boys, we headed back up to the van, and drove further up White Swan forestry road to find another Camp Free BC camp site some 50 Km from the highway.
We found a really beautiful spot right next to the river. There were some older couples camping just down the way from us, and when we pulled in, one of them and all 3 of their dogs came over to welcome us and ask where we’d been, and where we were headed. We chit-chatted a bit, but when he heard we were just married, he left us alone – but not before cracking jokes about if the van’s a-rockin, he won’t come a-knockin. Haha.
We noticed it was getting cold, and thought it must be a chill off the water, so we started to bundle up. The wind picked up more and more – before long, it was incredibly windy! Cooking and keeping things from flying away was a huge challenge. We decided to make an early night of it and hid in the van, playing crib and drinking warmed red wine (a trick we learned from that Swiss couple we met in Golden a few months back).
Saturday morning we hit Radium Hot Springs, and then were on the road back home. We thought about also stopping at Banff Hot Springs, but by the time we were 1.5 hours from home, we decided we would rather just get back home to our cats, get some laundry on, start the transition back to real life.
By now, we’ve been home for almost a week – and the transition’s been a little rough. Our fun little adventures are always tough to leave behind. Plus, Brian is having some asthma/allergy issues (likely due to all the hay in town for Stampede). We’re back to work (though allowed to wear jeans all week, thanks to Stampede!), and we’re now focusing our sites on future adventures!
On the large scale, we are planning a Honeymoon 2.0 for next year – we’re currently thinking The Mediterranean in the spring. On a smaller scale, we’re only halfway through the summer and are sure to have many more Ziggy adventures in the next couple of months.