Monday, February 21, 2011

Four Day Weekend Fun



Feel like guessing what we did this weekend?
The picture above...that was Monday afternoon's adventure.
Oh go ahead....guess what it was all about.



We drove to Midway (about a 40 minute drive from home, past Park City) and checked in at this cute little building.
After signing a couple of pages of release forms we were free to get going on our adventure!



The temps were in the 20's....so of course that was even more motivation for us.



The bags were to hold our clothes after we got changed...


Starting to get an idea?



The white dome in the first picture is actually a crater with a hole up on top, and a natural hot spring pool  has formed inside over the eons of time.
The crater opening is a bit hard to see as hot air rises from the surface of natural spring fed pool and collides with the cold air coming down 45 feet from the cater opening above, and that creates a constant fog.
The pool? It goes goes waaaayyyy deep.  Sixty five feet deep to be exact.
So deep that the pool is explored by scuba divers.

After changing into our swim suits and donning a required floation vest, we were ready to get into the steady 90 degree water for a nice soak and paddle about.
I had my hair clipped up and figured I'd keep my head above water so my hair wouldn't freeze coming home.
Well, that plan went out the window right after I missed the lowest rung on the dock ladder and went ker-splash, glasses, hair and all.
Oh well!
Good thing I had packed a nice ski cap just in case I happened to get splashed.


Bernie and I bobbed and peeked at the limestone formations of the crater walls 
and watched scuba divers far below us use lights to check out the pool's hour glass shaped depths.
The color of the water was an amazing deep azure blue, and the few underwater spot lights let us catch some of the underwater formations from the surface.
Our skin was soon covered with a light air bubble fizz, and we relaxed and just enjoyed the time together.
It smelled nice too...not one of sulfer type mineral springs, the water had a nice blend of relaxing minerals.


A visit to the Homestead Crater has been on our "go see" list ever since we moved to Salt Lake.
We've still got plenty more adventures on our list.

video

And if we need a nice warm soak inside a crater after such adventures...we know just the place to go!

9 comments:

Lovella ♥ said...

How absolutely wonderful. You two kids are like newlyweds with nothing to do on your days off but just enjoy each other.
I expect we always feel a bit of envy when we see the others lifestyles. You sure do deserve some quiet time alone. Glad you had such fun bobbing about.

Vicki said...

I had no idea something like that was in your vicinity! That's pretty amazing! Doc would want to be one of those SCUBA divers (not me; I don't like to get my face wet).

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

Well rats. How many years did I live on and off again in Utah and never heard of that. I want to go there big time now! What a blast that looks like.

Vee said...

How wonderful that you and your beloved are so perfectly suited for one another and love to try new adventures. I'm so claustrophobic that this gave me the jitters just looking at it. Still, from the reading, it sounds as if it could be very pleasant minus the close walls and the other people and the divers below...ackkkk, gotta stop.

ellen b. said...

Oh my body is trying to pull itself through the screen to that hot water!
Looks like another fun adventure for you!

Kathie said...

Wow - I watched the video too. how cool!! I would love to try that in the winter.

We love LUNA said...

OMIGOD, this place is amazing!
An adventure day for sure, thanks for sharing your pictures, just adorable!
Glad that you enjoy it!
purrs and love
Luna

Sara said...

You find the most interesting places to explore!

Anonymous said...

And here I thought you were going to go snow tubing (after looking at the first picture). Very cool! Glad you and dad are having so much fun!
~L