Posted by: strangecation | August 17, 2010

See no evil. Hear no evil. Feel no evil? – Sensory Deprivation

So for my birthday I was able to knock another one-off my “bucket list”.  I’ve done a lot of weird and wild things throughout my life, and recently my buddy Darren treated me to my latest request – Sensory Deprivation.  Those of you familiar with the term, then good for you, and if you watch The Simpsons I may be able to jog your memory…  Homer and Lisa go to kind of like a hippie-ish store and take part in this mostly misunderstood act, each of them getting inside these tanning bed sized pods and they proceed to basically trip out.  I went online to see what other people’s experiences were before Darren and I went for it so to speak, and I really couldn’t get  a definitive account so hopefully mine will be one of the first!

I went into this experience with a very open mind.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to trip out, or if I was just going to lay in a pool of water and be bored.  Maybe I should explain exactly what this is.  Sensory deprivation is basically removing any sight, sound and feeling of any kind.  The float tank concept is explained here on Wiki.

So Darren shopped around for the best Sensory Deprivation experience and deal in LA.  I thought it was kind of funny that there was a number of options in our town (so LA..).   We ended up choosing Float Labs in Venice, and I guess when he was booking the session, the guy from the “Float Lab” had a number of times we could come in, the earliest being at 6am, which I thought was a little weird.  $40 for the session seemed reasonable and our decision was made.

We got to the Venice boardwalk and I was instantly swarmed with all the freaks that are on display there.  As we approached the storefront, I wondered if I would be able to free my mind of the heavily pierced masses of boardwalk performers we had just seen.   When we got to the storefront we met Crash.  Yeah, his name was Crash.   From that point on I realized this was definitely the place to “float”.   He let us in and before introducing himself, asked us if we needed to piss.  A little to the point, but okay, I get it, I’m going to be floating in a pool of liquid and maybe he wants to avoid the inevitable.  Before he even explained the floating process he put us on a Turbo Sonic, or a machine that utilizes sonic vibration therapy to umm, I guess relax us.   Basically you stand on a huge speaker cone and it reverberates at different tones and vibrates different parts of your body.  This, as most of the things I was about to experience over the next few hours was completely bizarre.

Speaker cone

Sonic Vibration Therapy System

So at this point I was ready to jump in.  I asked Crash what I should expect, and he turned to me with a blank salty stare and said, “If you get to nothingness, then it will be a success.”

“Umm, okay…”

This is what cleans the tank after each use

Crash proceeded to lead us into one of the two float tank rooms and tell us about all the equipment.   Each tank basically looks like a large walk-in fridge, with swimming pool-esque equipment mounted to the side.   The rooms are completely black inside and are filled with a mixture of water and 800 pounds of Epsom salt.  This is what allows the user to float perfectly without going underwater.   He let us know that each tank is completely filtered after each use, and there was also a shower in the float tank rooms for both before and after the float.

Clean yourself before you clean your head

Finally, before Darren and I went to our separate chambers, Crash showed us something inside of one of the tanks.  It was a large set of video screens with underwater speakers that pump visions and I’m guessing new age music into your psyche as you zone out.  He said this technology wasn’t ready for us quite yet, but that essentially with this equipment you could begin to reprogram the human mind…  Crash then alerted us that he was going to leave the storefront while we floated and would be back in a few hours.

“A few hours?!?!?”  That seemed a little a vague and maybe it was the turbo sonic therapy, but for some reason I was okay with that.

Alright, I was ready to fly the ether!!!!  I took my earplugs from Crash, locked the door behind me, turned off my phone, disrobed, took a shower and stepped inside of my designated float tank.   After I closed the door, I sat down in the perfectly calculated body temperature liquid and leaned back.  There was absolutely no light inside of the chamber, my ears were plugged and as I dropped backwards, I felt like I was tumbling backwards down a hill.   It was one of the most surreal experiences I have ever been a part of.   I stretched out and was very surprised to find that I was indeed floating completely perfectly, with only my face reaching out of the liquid.  The space was large enough for me to fully stretch out, and I could lay with my hands at my sides, or in a relaxed folded position behind my head.

What a weird world I had entered.  It didn’t matter if I closed my eyes or had them open.  Either way, it was so dark inside the tank, that it didn’t matter.  I was almost a little scared, but not exactly in a claustrophobic way, but of what I may start to think.  I laid back and decided to focus on something positive.  I have to admit, that before I went in, I was afraid that I might get fixated on my finances, my job, or where I was in life, but thankfully (at least this time) I was not in the throws of a “bad trip”.  However, no matter how hard I focused on a particular subject matter I was constantly going down mental tangents and then when I seemed to sort of “wake up” from these meandering paths I realized I had not thought about my original subject matter at all.  It was almost like the fact that there were literally NO outside distractions was in fact distracting me.

I have no idea how long each one of these little tangents was, but they felt like perhaps they were about 15-20 minutes each.  As I floated I thought about how initially we had been offered a time slot of 6:00am, which at the time seemed really early, but now I wondered if falling asleep in this environment would be a whole other experience in itself…

I was having all of these realizations, and this time alone with myself was letting me explore the farthest depths of my psyche, but was a having the same hallucinations that Homer Simpson did?  No.  But then after what seemed like about an hour I felt like I could see spotlights above  my head.  I prepared myself to let go, and then it happened.  I had arrived at nothingness.  I had felt like I was floating the entire time (because I was literally floating), but I now felt like I was gliding or gently flying.   I looked down and I could see a huge horizon of what seemed to be a dark purple dandelion.  Just the area with petals, and I floated around atop it for few minutes and then I woke up again.   That was the nothing.   I know this is hard to comprehend, and I feel like a moron even reading this back, but this is my true account.  After I “came to” I continued to float and just sort of relax, but I did not revisit that precipice of full on freakout that I just described.

“Hey, Darren’s friend!!!”,  shouted Crash, his yells muffled to almost non-existence (He obviously didn’t know my name and I found this long-winded alert pretty funny).  I sat up in the liquid and realized I was back.  I thought to myself, that they really need to get another system for waking people out of their trances rather than yelling and banging on the side of the wall.

I climbed out of the tank, showered (the entire time I heard Crash yelling for my friend Darren) and walked out into the store’s lobby.  Half jokingly I asked “What day is it?”  Crash gave me a knowing smile.

“Your buddy left you”, said Crash.  It turned out he had been yelling to no one as Darren had left about an hour ago.  I later found out Darren’s experience was quite a bit different from mine.  He said that he was never really able to get over the fact that he was sitting in this liquid that hundreds of people had been in before, but admitted it was definitely worth doing once.

I had been floating for close to three hours.   I had reached nothing.  I would be back.  See ya next time Crash, at 6:00am.

Anything happening inside of this place is definitely bizarre

Wanna float through your own mind?  Contact Crash at Float Lab

Float Lab

801 Ocean Front Walk, Suite 5
Venice Beach, CA 90291 USA

(310) 396-3336

crash@floatlab.com

Posted by: strangecation | June 1, 2010

Southern Exposure – Memphis & Nashville, TN

Why we were there:  I woke up one day with the thought that I would someday move to Nashville, TN.  I had never been there; it was just a feeling I had.  My boyfriend, Chris, who loves adventure as much as I do, thought I should at least check out the city before I hired a moving company, so we planned a trip there as Christmas gifts to each other.

We started our trip in Memphis…

MEMPHIS

The Peabody Hotel

We stayed at the renowned Peabody Hotel, which is walking distance to almost everything.  We arrived just in time to see the Peabody ducks exit the elevator onto a red carpet leading to the ornate lobby fountain where they spend their days.  Our room was huge and comfortable…a perfect retreat from the city below.

After a night of drinking on Beale St. we cuddled into our luxurious king sized bed for a peaceful night of slumber.  At approximately 12:30am the fire alarm goes off in the hotel!  My thinking is: we have to get all of our stuff because we’re only here for one night and if there really is a fire, I’m sure they won’t let us back into the hotel and the rest of our trip will be ruined!  So, I make Chris, who’s still drunk, take all of his belongings and run down 10 flights of stairs to safety.  The second we get downstairs the fire alarm is turned off and we’re told to go back to our rooms.  False alarm.  We were the only people who had our stuff with us.  Others were in bathrobes, PJ’s, slippers…not us.  We were fully dressed with all of our shit!

http://www.peabodymemphis.com/

Blues City Café

When one of the concierge’s at The Peabody recommended TGI Fridays for lunch, we were a little shocked, we weren’t exactly looking to discover the glory of Memphis in a chain restaurant, but thankfully another one recommended Blues City Café.  Their pulled pork sandwich is to die for!  It is located right on Beale St, thus began our five-day BBQ binge.

http://www.bluescitycafe.com/

Rendezvous

We also had to eat at Rendezvous based on two shows we saw on the Travel Channel: “Man V. Food” and “Rib Paradise”.  We were not disappointed!  Their dry rub ribs were so tender and flavorful…I’m salivating just thinking about them!

http://www.rendezvousontv.com/videos/man-v-food.html

Graceland

Love, love, loved Graceland!  There is something very emotional about cruising up that long winding driveway and pulling up in front of the house where the King lived.  It’s a little pricey ($10 for parking plus $30.60 per admission ticket), but well worth it and gave me, someone in her 20’s, an understanding of the lasting contribution Elvis had on all types of music.

http://www.elvis.com/graceland/

Beale Street

Not much beats a pub crawl down Beale Street.  Live music, neon lights and you can drink on the street Vegas style.  It was especially fun when we were there because that night the two blocks of bars and souvenir shops were crowded with hundreds of Southern motorcycle clubs.  We saw everything from bad ass Harleys and tricked out Hondas to people in full leathers and confederate flags.  Very interesting…

http://bealestreetonline.com/

Crystal Shrine Grotto

This is not a “must do” by any means, but if you have a little down time and like seeing weird shit, then you’ll enjoy this.  It was made by artist Dionicio Rodriguez in the 1930s.  It’s made to look like a giant, old tree stump, somewhat Disney style with quartz crystals lining the interior.  Inside there are statues depicting different stories from the bible.  Very bizarre…gotta love the Bible Belt!

WELCOME TO NASHVEGAS!

The Hermitage Hotel

About 3 and a half hours and a Waffle House breakfast later, we pulled our bottom-of-the-line rental car up to the valet in front of the sophisticated 5 star Hermitage Hotel.  The Hermitage Hotel has a lot going for it: friendly staff, elegance, beauty and location, location, location!  Whether you’re here for vacation or business, The Hermitage is ideally located within walking distance of the Honky Tonks, the Ryman, the Convention Center and many other downtown Nashville attractions.

http://thehermitagehotel.com/site/

We asked the concierge where we should grab a snack.  She recommended Rippy’s on Broadway.  It was perfect!  We sat outside on their roof top terrace overlooking the Honky Tonks, ordered some nachos and had a couple of two-for-one Happy Hour beers.

The Hutton Hotel

Nashville’s only “green” hotel has a chic and modern vibe, very much like a W Hotel.  It’s located a few miles from downtown, and walking distance to Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park.  A nice feature about this hotel is the hybrid courtesy vehicle (it was a Lexus RX 400h when we were there) which guests can use on a first come, first serve basis within a several mile radius.

http://www.huttonhotel.com/

There are a million things to do in Nashville and I feel like we did almost all of them.  Here are our recommendations:

Nashville Attractions

Check out the Honky Tonks for live music, a fun “anything goes” atmosphere and really cheap drinks.  There is truly something for everyone.  A couple of our favorites were Tootsies http://tootsies.net/ and Crossroads.  There are no cover charges, but don’t forget to bring lots of dollar bills to tip the bands.

Be sure to stop at The Bluebird Café, an intimate venue for checking out some amazingly talented singer/songwriters.  We saw an “In the Round” featuring four different artists.  www.Bluebirdcafe.com

At the Grand Ole Opry, we caught Opry Country Classics which was really interesting because it’s a live radio broadcast.  It felt like you’d stepped back in time to an era before television where people gathered around their radios for entertainment…needless to say, I felt like we were the youngest people in the crowd, but we still had a great time. http://opry.com/

Belle Meade Plantation gave us a glimpse of a significant part of southern American history.  Our guide dressed in period clothing and gave an excellent tour of the mansion as she explained the history of the place and the family who owned it.  This particular plantation was in the thoroughbred horse business. http://www.nashville.com/attractions/bellemeade/

On our way to the Belle Meade Plantation, we stopped at The Loveless Café for some famous melt-in-your-mouth, buttery biscuits which were served with butter and homemade jams.  They were absolutely AMAZING!  I could have eaten just those all day long and been very content.  http://lovelesscafe.com/

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest letterpress print shops in America.  They have been printing advertisements and posters for local shows for about 130 years.  We picked up a few of their prints.  They are very reasonable, starting at about $15 and going up from there.  Really cool place with incredibly nice people.    http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/our-work/

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was a bit of a letdown, a lot of information to take in and read.  The floor dedicated to the Williams family was interesting and we hear the RCA Studio B tour, for which we arrived too late, is pretty good, too.  http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/visit/

We had to stop at Swett’s based on a review we read on Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog www.GOOP.com where she was on a quest to find the best fried chicken.  This is cafeteria style dining at its best.  You choose a meat plus 3 sides.  I got the rotisserie chicken (Chris got the fried chicken) plus candied yams, creamed corn and baked corn bread, all of which were very tasty. http://www.swettsrestaurant.com/

The drive to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg crosses some pretty lush countryside.  Unfortunately, the distillery is located in a dry county, so it wasn’t a tasting tour, but it was still incredibly fascinating.  The fact that it was free, leaving us more money to spend on the great southern cooking, made it even better.  http://www.jackdaniels.com/age.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fTheDistillery%2fDefault.aspx

We had such an amazing time while we were there.  Will we be moving there in the near future?  Probably not.  Will I be back?  Absolutely!

Posted by: strangecation | August 27, 2009

The Gorge, Washington – Newbie at a Phish Show

Hi All!

Well, I did it!  I survived my first Phish show!  All it took was a few Sparks (for those of you who don’t know what that is, I’m sorry, you’re totally missing out), some VIP tickets (over paid for by me on Stub-Hub), and an open mind.

We flew into Seattle, stayed one night in the ghetto, and then drove for 2+ hours through some of the most beautiful country side I have EVER seen in my life!  I wish I would have taken pictures!  The lush, green, over grown forests, the volcanic mountains so high you can’t see their tops.  And best of all…no rain!  The weather was perfect, the scenery was perfect…I’d LOVE to go back and explore more.

We stayed at The Sunland Inn in this little town called Ephrata.  Jacob, the motel manager, was fabulous!  Mr. Young (whoever that is) didn’t show up, so Jacob gave us his room because he remembered it was Chris’ birthday.  Thank you Mr. Young!  It was more room than we needed for one night (full kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom), but it was great!

Chris reading a little GQ in the spa tub in our room at the Sunland Inn

Chris reading a little GQ in the spa tub in our room at the Sunland Inn

We headed to the Gorge after picking up some “parking lot beers”.   We pulled in next to this really nice couple from, well, I don’t think we ever really got a clear answer as to where they’re from, though it could have been all of the second hand pot smoke that was making it difficult for me to concentrate.  They seem to be frequent movers…I think.  Anyhow, we pulled in, propped up our camping chairs and got to drinking.

It wasn’t long after we got there that people started wandering though the aisles of parked cars (mostly rentals, but a few Subarus and VW buses) saying somewhat quietly, “mushrooms…brownies…”  One guy opened a case of glass pipes…all for sale of course.  Chris wanted more than anything to show me “Shake Down Street” but we didn’t make it that far.

It truly was amazing!  There is a huge campground at The Gorge which Phish-heads transformed into an actual makeshift shanty town.  I have never seen anything like it before.  Something else I had never seen before was so many babies and young children at a show like this!?  At a show where drug use is not hidden, where tie-die and dreads are totally normal.  That took me a little by surprise.  The venue was even selling Phish “one-sies”!  I guess they’re just trying to change along with their growing (not in numbers, but in age) demographic?

This is where the die-hardiest of Phish Heads called "home" for the weekend.

This is where the die-hardiest of Phish Heads called "home" for the weekend.

Strollers at a Phish Show

Strollers at a Phish Show

The show itself was pretty cool!  We walked down to our “seats”, got some $9 Coors Lights and got ready to see some action.  We got to sit fairly close.  The view of the Colombia River was breathtaking, the lights from the show, the music…it all just kind of came together.  Other than the cranky people next to us (totally ruined the free loving vibe, but we got over it) I had a great time!  Can’t say you’ll find me at another Phish show, but it’s still something I’m glad I got to experience.

Chris feeling the music

Chris feeling the music

View from our seats.

View from our seats.

More view of the beautiful meandering river

More view of the beautiful meandering river

Phish Lights (Chris seemed to be really excited about the lights???)

Phish Lights (Chris seemed to be really excited about the lights???)

More Lights...

More Lights...

The veteran and the newbie

The veteran and the newbie

Happy Birthday Chris!  I hope this trip will go down in your history book as one of the best!  Love you.

Addendum by Chris

Set One

  • The Mango Song
  • Chalk Dust Torture
  • Middle Of The Road
  • Tweezer
  • Driver
  • Twenty Years Later
  • Ya Mar
  • It’s Ice
  • Wolfman’s Brother
  • Character Zero >
  • Run Like An Antelope

Set Two

  • Rock & Roll >
  • Makisupa Policeman
  • Alaska
  • The Wedge
  • You Enjoy Myself
  • Backwards Down the Number Line >
  • Piper
  • Grind

Encore

  • Good Times Bad Times
  • Tweezer Reprise

(I am really thankful and proud that I have a girlfriend that would endure the admittedly long and I’m guessing to the un-initiated, confusing Phish setlists)

More info:

Additional Photos and info on this particular show (click here)

Phish FAQ

Chris’ Phish Stats

Posted by: strangecation | July 29, 2009

Calico, CA – Six Bucks I’ll Never See Again!

I hate to post something negative…especially so new into this blog, but our visit to Calico, the old silver mining town, was a huge disappointment!  I was so excited to check it out.  We pass it every time we drive to Vegas (which is really more often than we should…twice in July).  I was excited to finally get to see what Calico was all about.  I’m not quite sure what I was expecting…maybe something a little more rustic, old timey and authentic?

This should have tipped us off as to what was to come...

This should have tipped us off as to what was to come...

If Calico sounds familiar to you and you don’t take frequent road trips to Las Vegas from LA like we do, it’s probably because you’ve ridden the Calico Mine ride at Knott’s Berry Farm.  It’s no surprise then, that Walter Knott, off Knott’s Berry Farm, owned the real Calico Mine and transformed it into what it is today: a modern day “Frontier Land” (sorry Disneyland…nothing against you) with paved roads, new wooden buildings, life sized dolls inside the jail, the mine, the drug store…etc.  It’s a mini theme park oasis in the middle of the desert.  There are even wooden people cut outs with the heads off so you can stand behind it and take your picture.

Remind you of something...Frontier Land??

Remind you of something...Frontier Land??

Look at all the people!!

Look at all the people!!

It’s not all bad…I guess.  For an extra dollar you can take a walking tour of “Maggie’s Mine.”  It’s a little creepy down there in spots because some areas are pitch black, but it’s nice and cool in there.  And the “museum” is seemingly one of the only original structures left, though it has central air and has been reinforced with visible metal framing.  It has a few interesting things to look at.  Honestly though, that’s about it.  I can see why it’s rumored to be haunted.  I’d be unhappy too if the town I helped build ended up looking like that.

Entering the Mine

Entering the Mine

Chris in the Mine

Chris in the Mine

If after reading this, you still feel like you need to visit the Calico Mine, take my advice, don’t go during the summer, it’s too hot!  If you have to go during the summer, bring cold water.  But please, save the trip.  You’ll have much more fun riding the Calico ride at Knott’s then trying to experience the history of it by actually going there.

With all the people that were there, you'd think we could have asked someone to take a pic of both of us...

With all the people that were there, you'd think we could have asked someone to take a pic of both of us...

Apparently though, there is a camping area and other mines you can go into…somewhere… and according to one of Chris’ friends, he really enjoyed it.  Of course he went during the winter…so maybe this winter, Chris and I will venture back to try and find that area of it…maybe…

Posted by: strangecation | July 28, 2009

Los Angeles, CA – Skating on…no ice!

Our fried Ann had her birthday party here, and I had to make sure people knew about this place.  It’s called World on Wheels and this IS the place where you used to go to all those birthday parties when you were a kid.  I’m from Connecticut and we had a place literally just like this called Great Skate.  I couldn’t believe how similar the two were.  Anyway, since this posting is supposed to be weird, every 4th Saturday night is Disco night and it is f#$%ing awesome!  The best part is, it’s not just like they pump in lame seventies tunes (well they do that too), but more importantly everyone at the rink dresses the part!

Love fools

Love fools

You really have to do this at least once in your life.  The place is cavernous and kind of makes you feel like you’re going down into your friend’s older brother’s downstairs apartment when you walk in (ala Greg Brady, but creepier).  It’s a little run down, but that’s what gives the place it’s charm.  It’s kind of scary how good some of the skaters are, but don’t worry, there’s carpeted walls that you can run into in case you don’t know how to stop and a center island in the center of the rink where you can crash (pun intended).

Group shot

Ashley feeling groovy in her authentic period piece; a yellow jumpsuit

World on Wheels is divey, and to match that theme, there’s even a dive bar upstairs.  It’s all one complex, and the bar has Karaoke, AND there’s a full bowling alley right outside the bar.  It sounds confusing, because it is.  This place is basically a mega labyrinth complex of trashy activities that you secretly love.  To reiterate though, the best part about the Disco Saturday nights is that everyone dresses up.  (Note: this is one of those times, where if you DON’T show up dressed up you will look like a douchebag.  I know that in these photos a lot of us look like douchebags, but I’m being totally honest with you that you will feel out of place if you don’t roll in your grooviest 70s duds.

If you feel like you're gonna fall just grab a dude's handlebar mustache

If you feel like you're gonna fall just grab a dude's handlebar mustache

I think this was before "low-ride" jeans came out

I think this was before "low-ride" jeans came out

No caption necessary...

No caption necessary...

It was Ann's idea to go here.  It was also her idea to wear that wig.  Can't win'em all!

It was Ann's idea to go here. It was also her idea to wear that wig. Can't win'em all!

Unbelievably, I think both Ashley and our friend Kelly both pull these looks off!

Unbelievably, I think both Ashley and our friend Kelly both pull these looks off!

Ash and I making new friends...

Ash and I making new friends...

So in closing, if you want a night where you get to wear not one, but two sets of shoes that tons of other people have worn, then you’ll really enjoy World on Wheels.  It’s cheap, really fun, has drinking, great disco tunes, skating, costumes, bowling and Karaoke.  Now that I think about it, I don’t understand why I’m not there right now.  Oh yeah, gotta wait until the fourth Saturday of the month.

bye!

bye!

Address, hours and all that stuff, go to: http://www.wowsk8.com/

Posted by: strangecation | July 24, 2009

Burgdorf, ID – Some Like it Hot!

Hi All!

While visiting the Houston’s, some friends of mine so close I call them family, in McCall, Idaho, Chris asked that question that got us to our next destination…what is something we could do that would be completely Idaho?  Over our 16oz cans of Keystone Light and some Italian table wine (brought over by us) they suggested going to the Burgdorf Hot Springs.  It’s a 22 miles drive north of McCall on a beautiful windy road through the Payette Forrest…Land of Many Uses (their motto).

The day we went, it was cold and rainy.  At one point the thermometer in my car said 37 degrees fahrenheit and flashed “ice”.  There was actually snow on the road in the middle of July!  A few miles after we passed a sign that said something like, “Watch for Moose.  Beware of your target” we turned off onto a 2 mile gravel road which led us to the hot springs.  We were greeted by two resident wild turkeys that continuously got too close for comfort and some funky looking chickens.  We walked to the main building, paid our $5, changed into our swim wear in the makeshift changing area and headed to the pool.

Rentable cabins on the left, main building where we changed into swim clothes on the right.

Rentable cabins on the left, main building where we changed into swim clothes on the right.

These were the "too close for comfort" turkeys and the funky chickens.

These were the "too close for comfort" turkeys and the funky chickens.

The best things in life are free...well, almost free

The best things in life are free...well, almost free

As you can imagine, it felt soooooo good!  The air was cold, the water was hot.  There were little pebbles in the bottom of the pool, logs lined the sides.  Just open forest and 150 year old cabins around you.  There were 2 pools.  The smaller 115 degree pool fed into the larger pool.  I couldn’t even stick a foot into the 115 degree pool…Chris seemly had no problem…though he says it was a struggle.  This pic says otherwise…

Enjoying the soothing effects of the water

Enjoying the soothing effects of the water

Chris relaxing in the 115 degree pool

Chris relaxing in the 115 degree pool

Chris and Ashley after melting our troubles away...

Chris and Ashley after melting our troubles away...

After our dip we took a look at one of the cabins.  Very basic, it had a few places to sleep, a wood stove and an outhouse.  Chris thinks it would be awesome to rent one of these cabins…I’m a little scared of the idea, especially after the movie The Ring.  I know it’s been out for a few years, but it’s still fresh in my mind.

Chris checking out one of the cabins you can rent.  In the background of the pic...the outhouse.

Chris checking out one of the cabins you can rent. In the background of the pic...the outhouse.

Overall, LOVED this place!  We had a great time!  Will definitely be back…maybe not to rent a cabin, but definitely to sit in those wonderfully relaxing pools :)

For more information on Burgdorf Hot Springs including some history, follow this link:

www.secesh.net/Burgdorf.htm

Posted by: strangecation | July 20, 2009

Welcome weird seekers!

This is our first posting to our new travel blog, “Strangecation”! Hope you see some weird s#@% that will inspire you to get out and see some of this stuff for yourself!

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