Hot springs!

Thursday, March 26 (continued)

“Let’s go to the hot springs!”

1-P1030747-001That gets the attention of the crew. 

“C’mere, Reggie.  You don’t need that sweater on. ”

I toss Bridget and Reggie into the Perfect Tow Vehicle, put their drink dish on the floor, and run inside the Best Little Trailer.

It’s noontime and the day is warming up nicely.  I spread peanut butter on a slice of bread, squeeze honey on it from the plastic bear, slap another slice on top, grab a bottle of water, the camera, and a few other items, and we’re off to the hot springs!

On the way out of Dave Deacon Campground, I note that there still is no sign of the lost dog.

We bump along the washboard road west toward the Grant Mountains.

1-P1030748-001Then the road turns southward and I spy the rooftop of a restroom.  Hmm  . . . . I bet this is the place!

1-P1030749-001The road ends at a parking area next to the vault toilet house.  It’s only a peanut-butter-and- honey sandwich away from the campground.  (That’s one mile in standard measure.)

I park next to an opening in the fence.

1-P1030750-001I set the crew on the ground. 

“C’mon, doodleheads. . . . I want to see where this trail goes.”

1-P1030771 - Copy A very short walk and there it is!

The hot springs pool!

1-P1030774 - CopyThis is exciting for me! 

I’ve never seen hot springs before, let alone soaked in any.  The first thing I notice is how clear the water is.  In the photo below the water is about four feet deep, yet the sandy bottom can be seen perfectly.

1-P1030776 - CopyWith the crew on-leash I kneel and dip my hand in the water.  Oh, lovely!   This feels like water drawn for a bath!  (The wildlife management area’s website says it’s 90 degrees.)

1-P1030777 - CopyI give the crew a little time to explore before taking them back to the PTV.

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1-P1030775 - Copy“Oh boy, this is gonna’ be fun!”

I make sure there’s water in the crew’s dish, crack the windows, grab my things, and lock up the PTV.

I don’t own a swimsuit.  I’m wearing a black tank top, knee-length jeans, and my waterproof KEEN sandals.  I have a towel and a de-tangler comb for my hair.

I set my glasses, keys, towel, and comb on a rock and slide into the pool.

“Oh my gosh!  This is so nice! I LOVE this!”

The water comes to my shoulders.  By crouching a bit I’m submerged to my chin in delicious warmth.  Aaaahh.  This is heaven.

I hold my nose and shut my eyes.  Under I go, wiggling my head to swirl my hair.  I swim from one end of the pool to the other.  I doggie-paddle.  I float.  I crouch-march with only my head out of the water.

After a while I stop playing and look around, listening. . . 

The pool is edged with rocks.   Upstream and downstream the banks are  lined with a thick growth of reeds and dry grass.

1-P1030788No one is around.

It being afternoon, the birds are quiet.  Acres and acres of sage.  The only people are a few guys fishing quietly somewhere way off.

I wave my arms through the warm water, sweeping forward and back, like a butterfly unfolding its wings to leave the cocoon.  The silken warmth caresses my arms.  I relax.

I can’t believe how wonderful this is!  The warmth, the naturalness, the desert all around, the snowy peaks of the mountains, the perfect silence, heavenly . . . .

Just then a frog downstream croaks and I laugh.

I laugh and I laugh and I laugh.  I look up at the cloudless sky, a great dome of blue, and I laugh.

How did I get to this glorious place?  Gee, the times I’ve envied those who had swimming pools and here I am in a pool all my own, the perfect temperature, natural . . . 

Suddenly my laughter turns to sobs.  With warm water up to my chin and wet hands over my face, I cry and cry . . .

The frog croaks and sobs melt into laughter again.

“Thank you, God.  Thank you!  Thank you for everything you’ve given me!”

I shut my eyes, hold my nose, and let myself fall backwards and under.  Rising into a float, I look up at the sky again and vow never to forget this moment, the soothing warmth enveloping me, the wonder and joy of being here.

1-P1030780 - CopyI comb my wet hair and soak a while longer.

Okay, now to get out.   In a minute . . .  Well  . . . better go back to the crew. . .  The air is about 70 degrees.  I’ll grab the towel and make a run for it.

I hoist myself onto the rock, grab my stuff and take off, scrubbing my hair with the towel as I go.

Gee, no shock of cold.  Oh boy, I’m going to come here every day. . . I love it!  

I reach the parking lot.

I’m not going into that ol’ toilet house.  Nobody is here.  I can see if someone’s coming a mile off by their dust plume across the desert . . . .

I open the driver’s side door of the PTV, tuck the towel in the slightly opened window to form a screen.  Standing with the door open and facing the seat, I whip off my wet top. Before I can slip the sweatshirt over my head, Reggie spies an opportunity.

Two of them actually . . . .

He jumps onto the driver’s seat and zeroes in on my right breast.

“Reggie!  Get away, you little devil!” I laugh, pushing him off the driver’s seat.  “I’m not yo’ mama!”

1-P1030732The sweatshirt feels oh-so-good.  I tuck the towel across the seat, and climb in with wet jeans and squishy sandals.

Soon we’re bumping along on the washboard road back to camp.

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NOTE:  Normally I don’t write about things of a religious nature on my blog because of my diverse readership, and I discourage religious discussion in comments in consideration of everyone.

I bent that rule for this post because my gratitude is an important part of the story of this day.  I’ll bend the rule for you in comments, too, if you want to respond to the spiritual portion of this post.  However, please no preaching, long Bible passages or testimonials.  Brevity is the key!  Thank you.  Sue

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297 Responses to Hot springs!

  1. Casitagirl says:

    Wow Sue! Sounds like a transformative experience!

  2. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Thank you Sue!!! I needed to giggle!!!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  3. Lisa W says:

    Wow, what a great post today – because you are so so very happy. The hot springs sound wonderful and peaceful. I would also be going everyday. And Reggie was acting like a typical male homing in on your breast. 🙂
    I hope the dog is found.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      No word on the dog. I always look for her when out and driving around here. Thanks re the post. It was a great experience!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Am I the only blogorino who is thinking: “if there ever WAS a dog”? RVSue, did you see enough back at camp to be assured that said dog existed?

  4. JW says:

    Hi Sue

    How wonderful and emotional. I’m so happy for you!

  5. Rhodium says:

    Sounds wonderful. They seem to be all over the west, even some in pools alongside streams. A few hot springs are reported to have red mites, but not a lot. It’s nice to realize one can be years on the road and barely scratch the surface of things to see and do.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rhodium,

      There are endless discoveries to be made, it seems, roaming the west. Many surprises to be enjoyed!

  6. mockturtle says:

    “Thank you, God. Thank you! Thank you for everything you given me!”

    Amen! I say this every day. In the book of Joel the Lord says: “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten”. I feel that is happening with me right now. And I am so grateful! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle,

      Gratitude is the evidence of restoration. Good for you! 🙂

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Ohhhhhhhh! I like that saying! Now that I’m retired, I have the time and resources to put my emotional self back together. The more back together I get, the more gratitude surfaces. I get it now! Thanks for that! I’ll never find THAT on Amazon!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Book of Joel?!?

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      That verse in Joel is one I feel we are experiencing as well. The daughter we have been helping and are soon going back to live near (indefinitely), was estranged from us, to a degree, for many years. Our relationship is being restored…though others intentionally or not, wanted to take her from us. That is a lovely encouraging verse!! There is hope, no matter the situation life has put us in and no matter what was stolen from us!!

  7. Monica-CA says:

    Sweet! I’m so happy you not only soaked in the hot spring, but you also had it all to yourself. God works in mysterious ways. Who would ever think in that barren high desert there would be an oasis with beautiful blue-green warm waters. This armchair traveler keeps learning through you, Sue. Thank you! Hugs and enjoy your soaks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica,

      Well, you know, I’ve never had an interest in hot springs because every photo I’ve seen of them, a bunch of people are in them. Yuck. In a pool with strangers yakking. I never thought I’d find one all to myself! What a difference that makes, at least for me. A wonderful gift.

  8. Marsha/MI says:

    Your own personal hot tub. How nice is that?

  9. Sidewinder Pen says:

    You captured the joy I feel in swimming (just being in the water, really). So nice! And nothing beats that same feeling in a private/nature spot, with clear water, nice temps. Oh, I was right there (in spirit). Thank you for this blog post!

    A friend and I used to go berry picking up north, in a “barrens” area. We found a pond on the topo map, and hiked in to it. No-one (ever) there! We’d strip off our berry-picking clothes and go for a good, long swim. Ahhhh, just looking up at the sky, the world green and blue…

    (Only not-so-nice feature is that the bottom was muddy and couldn’t be seen. We kept our legs up!).

    PS: I love to swim and be in the water and I don’t own a swimsuit either. I think women’s swimsuits are diabolical. I mean, you just about always see women getting out of the water tugging the butt down, and/or sitting carefully so as not to expose an “unattractive” feature; meanwhile guys lounge around in baggy, comfy swim trunks without a care in the world. Hence I have a pair of quick dry shorts and some similar shirts. They are my swim outfit. Much better!

    Thanks again for this post. I feel better just having read it! I surely do need a swim though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pen,

      Love your berry-pickin’, shuck the clothes, go for a dip in a mountain pond story….

      As for women’s swimsuits, ridiculous! What women put up with… I’ve seen women on the beach in Clearwater and I could tell they weren’t able to enjoy themselves because they were on display in a stupid bathing suit. Young men laughing… errgghh!

      I’m glad my post brought forth memories of a happy day. Thanks for the compliments.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oh your making me split my gut! Wedgies are NOT your friend!

  10. Ahhh! Your first hot springs experience! What a wonder! And to have the place to yourself is indeed a rare and sweet opportunity! You drew the picture vividly! Just splendid! Hot springs are a big part of my travels and I try to aim for them when I can. Terry and I are doing my last year’s 395 run up towards OR through Mammoth Lakes and Bishop again to enjoy some of my favorite springs. There are so many hot spring freebies to be enjoyed out here! I hope you get to enjoy many more days there at your new found delight!

  11. Hotel California says:

    I thought you were going to tell us that you found the lost dog at the hot springs.

  12. A little bit of heaven on earth. Amen!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      The hot springs are a new part of our daily routine! Except today because it’s Saturday and there’s too much of a chance to have company.

  13. JIM PETERSON says:

    ==========
    According to this site, Nevada has 312 hot springs — the most hot springs of any state in the US. “TF” on the chart is Temperature Farenheit (presumeably at the hottest inlet? Some are very near boiling!):
    http://hotspringsenthusiast.com/Nevada.asp
    ==========
    Most of our weekend outings include at least one visit to a hot spring in the area. Most of our favorite campsites are within a mile or two of a hot spring — wonderfully relaxing and magical places — good for the soul. Thanks for sharing!
    JIM & ANNIE ~ BOISE, ID (30 weeks and 2 days to go!)
    ==========

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! I looked at the list. Hot springs all over the place! Thank you for the link, Jim.

      I see you’re counting down… Not long to go!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        wow! I would have never known there were so many! Hmm wonder why?

        Okay, I’ve changed my mind about barren NV….obviously there are nature’s hidden treasures present…..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Funny… Readers commented about Utah, how they didn’t realize how wonderful it is until they read my blog…. Now it’s Nevada!

          • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

            People don’t realize how wonderful Utah is?! Four Corners! Navajo Land! Bryce! Zion! Canyonlands! Capital Reef! Great Salt Lake! Antelope Island! All we have in So Cal is traffic for the adults and Disneyland for the kids!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I guess I should have been more specific… I meant they didn’t realize all the wonderful little and practically unknown places where the crew and I camped. You know, the canyon in the San Rafael Reef, the great autumn colors of Maple Grove in Salina, the beach at Green River, the field of flowers north of Vernal, the meadow where elk graze from a camp in the aspens, etc.

            • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

              I DO remember a beach!

  14. Ukulele Teri says:

    Hot Springs are the best. To have one to yourself is wonderful.

    Nature is such a healing place. Being in the moment and experiencing all you have with gratitude is a gift. We often forget to remember the gifts of this world, however you wish to call them.

    Peace and gratitude to you and the crew and all the blogorinos.
    Namaste.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Teri. The same to you.

      Too bad every single angry person in this world couldn’t be put in a secluded hot springs pool by themselves for a few hours. Voila! World peace!

  15. Sandy in Georgia says:

    Nice! I’d be in that water everyday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy… That’s what I intend to do . . . as long as I can have the pool to myself. 🙂

  16. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a soothing soak! Nice find! How peaceful… Even with the frog!

    For a minute…I thought they both made the mad escape and you had to chase them across the desert with no top on! I have to admit I busted out laughing at Reggie and Bridge…more so Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You and your crazy imagination! ” Desert Woman Goes Topless Chasing Runaway Dogs!”

      Glad I gave you a laugh. You know I can’t make this stuff up. !!

  17. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    That is exactly the kind of experience I would describe as “spiritual rather than religious.” It’s an important one, too. This experience cannot be replaced or bought and it has no substitute. I am surely one of the more unusual examples of religious diversity among your readership, and I find this to be a joyful posting with nothing the least objectionable. Indeed, it’s useful. I never understood the attraction of hot springs before. Thanks.

    I have begun to wonder if that missing dog really exists. If so, she seems in no hurry to return to the human that made you so nervous.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Calvin R. and thank you for your comment. It was my hope when writing this that my experience could be shared and appreciated by anyone, regardless of their spiritual life or religious practice and beliefs

      I converted you to hot springs? I hope so!

      Yes, the photos of the missing dog are real. In this vast expanse of sage, where there are few landmarks, it’s easy to become lost. I don’t think it was the dog’s choice to be lost. Fortunately there is water. Unfortunately, she hasn’t returned.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Yea, Calvin. Now that I posted up above, I see somebody was thinking the same thing. That guy’s technique reminds me of the police warning us about the “knock-knock” burglars operating lately. They knock, and if you answer, they ask for a donation to the “Church of What’s Happening Now.” If you don’t answer, they crawl thru your window and burglarize you!

  18. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Oh you lucky woman! To soak and swim and float in such a delightful hot springs pool that you had all to yourself, wow. It would have brought tears to my eyes as well for many reasons. When my husband was still alive we spent several winters around Ocala, Fl. Ocala National Forest has so much to offer. Your soak reminded me of Juniper Springs Rec area. So peaceful. It has a day use area and a campground. Tho there are no full hook ups, there are flush toilets, hot showers and a dump station. There is also canoeing and hiking through out the forest as well.
    I’m thinking the water might have been too warm for Spike but I’ll bet he was smiling watching you enjoy your first experience ever in a hot springs pool. Reggies’ expression is priceless after you pushed him away, like he was thinking, “Oh Darn”, with his head cocked ever so slightly. Little devil, you’re gonna have to keep an eye on him. Maybe he thinks you are his mama! Hope you take advantage of your new find while you are there, does wonders for the body and spirit.
    Enjoy,
    Jazz Lover

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JazzLover,

      I had a moment of heartbreak thinking how Spike would’ve loved soaking in that warm pool. He loved all water, from ice cold streams to hot baths. When we lived in a regular house and in The Land of Fleas, he so enjoyed a hot bath. He’d close his eyes and drift off with me holding him so he didn’t go under. I wish I could have given him that in the hot springs.

      I’m glad my post reminded you of pleasant times spent with your husband at Ocala. Thank you for writing.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I really do believe….he was right there with you!

        That’s why you thought of him….”I’m fine Sue…you soak and relax…and I’ll hold you…..just like old times.” Spike

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        I was thinking the same thing, RVSue, but I didn’t mention it.

  19. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Just curious … is there any reason the nutcakes couldn’t splash around in the hot springs with you? Would they want to? Would it be too warm for them? Is there a rule that says “no dogs”? Just seems like it would be fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I’ve wondered the same thing! Even though there is no place in the pool where their short legs could touch bottom, I’d love to put Bridget and Reggie in the water. I think it’s an ideal place to introduce Reggie to water.

      I didn’t even consider putting them in the first time we went to the springs because I feared the air afterward would be too much for a wet puppy. Now that I’ve experienced it, I don’t think it would be too cold for him if I dried and wrapped him up quickly.

      Does any reader have an answer? Do you think it is okay for the crew to go to the hot springs?

      • weather says:

        My first thought is if Reggie sees Bridget hesitate or not enjoy it he may not love water thereafter as much.As we don’t yet know if he’s going to at all,might be nice if you let him be there first with you alone?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I hadn’t thought of that, weather. Good suggestion. I also need both hands on Reggie as I don’t know what his reaction will be. He’s amazingly strong for his size when he adds his squiggles and squirms. I do think that warm water would soothe him as it did me.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Not an expert but my experience with hot springs is that they tend to have a high sulfur content. Pretty impossible to keep a dog from licking when they really want to. Not sure, just thinkin’ out loud.

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        When we camped in Idaho at the Kirkham Hot Springs NF campground there were big warning signs to keep dogs out of the springs. They claimed it was too hot, and the dogs cannot regulate their body temperature….You might want to research this more thoroughly before you take them in. The springs where you are are not as hot, and this probably makes a difference…. I wish I had more details for you..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s okay. Common sense tells me the temperature of these springs is fine. I still don’t know if I’m letting the crew in the pool. I’m not going to the pool until the weekend is over. Lots of people showed up at the campground for the weekend. Maybe they will leave soon.

  20. BadgerRickInWis says:

    All the joys of Gods universe begin and end with gratitude.

    I remember a post early on when you told the tale of a woman who had been through so much and worked so hard to create a life that she had dreamed of for so long. Suddenly she found herself on a bridge overlooking a New Mexico creek and overcome with gratitude and the beauty of Gods creation she allowed herself to shed tears of joy. It was when I read those words that I realized that I had stumbled upon something so much more than just a blog about RVing and traveling.

    In all the hundreds of posts that have followed you have shared with your readers so much. But this post may be my favorite of all of them. Here you are. Your crew complete again. Every dream, every day, every future adventure laid out before you. Yet you summon the courage and generosity to share this experience with us.

    It also reminds me that I too have much to be grateful for in this life that I have been blessed with. Not the least of which is being able to come here and share life with all of you. Thank you Sue, for all you share, for all you do. But mostly thank you for being you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rick. You make this a special place every time you write. Thank you.

  21. weather says:

    Oh,sweet darling Sue,strong as steel when you need to be,which has been far too often and for far too long…soft as the wing of a butterfly when with only the One showering you with tangible love.I often wonder if you’ve any idea of how precious He,and I,find you.If you know yet that birds and starlight are sent to you thank you notes,not gifts.

    A peanut butter and honey sandwich away-still the girl on her journey to be in and appreciate this creation as few on earth can or do,you live His story instead of preach it.I believe story and example has really always been the best way to share such things,use language that won’t offend people yet gives credit where it’s due.I capitalize words having to do with divinity yet not the name I use here for that reason.

    Excellent post,wonderful photos,gee,you have a beautiful family!Thank you for adding real quality to my day,again,and to the internet and world.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear weather, such a tender response to this post and to me.

      I understand your wisdom of the soft touch when communicating that which cannot be understood by mind alone. Something I failed to include in this little story of the hot springs is my awareness of great numbers of people who don’t know the experience. How blessed I am!

      Thank you, steadfast and wise one. 🙂

      • weather says:

        stars will be out soon here,I’ll be opening the antique store for a few hours tomorrow,so am turning in soon.You’ve put in a long day on here,hope you three sleep the more sweetly because of that,n’nite

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It’s Saturday and the campground is full. I’m staying inside so I don’t have to listen to everyone.. . Oh well, weekends don’t last forever!

          N’nite… Sweet dreams.

  22. Willow (AZ) says:

    What a glorious day for you. Sometimes the only thing to say is: Thank you God. I have enjoyed moments like that too. It’s warming up here, summer will be here soon, this is the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful weather, my little dog Tula and I enjoy as many walks as we can fit in. We are especially enjoying evening walks.
    Thanks for the happy post, I could feel your joy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow,

      Evening walks in the desert with a canine pal… The cool air is a delight after a sunny Arizona day!

      I’m glad you felt the happiness in this post. Thanks for stopping by…

  23. Karyn Lee says:

    Emotions overcome you sometimes when the world just seems to be perfect all at once.
    You have your crew together, there is love in your heart once again, the water is warm, the silence is golden and the weather is perfect.
    I haven’t had many of those moments, but when I do, I also cry and remember a time when it wasn’t so perfect.

    Enjoy the great moments when you can.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karyn Lee,

      “I also cry and remember a time when it wasn’t so perfect.” That’s it, exactly!

      I wish you many “great moments’ to enjoy. . . .

  24. BadgerRickInWis says:

    One more thing:

    I think you might be aware of this but when God says “Your welcome, you’ve earned it.” it can sound a lot like a croaking frog.

  25. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue, when I read this my hand flew over my heart and I whispered “Oh, my…what a lovely moment and such peace!” I’m glad you got to enjoy!

    Kay from KC!

  26. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Powerful post today, Sue. I totally get the overwhelming gratitude that you experienced. There you are, out in the boonies and again experiencing another of His wonderful creations in a spectacular setting. All the hardships and frustrations of the past are pushed back and all you can feel is the joy in the here and now of this one moment. Your gratitude awakened such “ordinary joy” and created a powerful spiritual experience. Thank you for sharing and may your life continue to be blessed with countless ordinary joys.

    Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Beautifully written, Audrey, and on the mark. That’s exactly what happened.

      It’s gratifying for me to read your comment and to know that the experience I wanted to convey was received in full by you. Thank you!

  27. Terri from Texas says:

    A very beautiful and touching post. Again! And as a bonus a reminder that I haven’t eaten a peanut butter and honey sandwich in FOREVER!!! On my list now!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Terri, for your words about this post.

      “PB&H! PB&H! Gotta’ have that PB&H!”

      • I have a PB&H sandwich for breakfast every morning with cinnamon added! I used natural unfiltered honey to help me be stronger in the fight against allergies… Especially pollens! I use cinnamon because it helps my body regulate my diabetes and I use Jif because its my favorite!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Geri,

          Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t love peanut butter? What an invention! I’m adding that to my prescription for world peace. Everyone soaks alone in a hot springs pool in the desert for a few hours and eats a peanut butter sandwich. Now how hostile and violent can one be after that? Ha!

          I never thought to put cinnamon on my PB & H… I do put cinnamon in oatmeal…

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            I tried PB for the first time about 10 years ago…not in a sandwich..just on a spoon.

            NEVER ever had jelly mixed with it.

          • Reine in Plano says:

            Yes, there is someone on the planet who doesn’t love peanut butter – ME. Not sure why cause I’m not allergic but I’ve never liked the taste. Spent my childhood asking for jelly only at friends houses. Oh well. Glad almost everyone else likes it since my waistline shows that there are LOTS of other things I like.

  28. Diann in MT says:

    What a life affirming experience! I truly believe that the inexplicable generosity of the universe comes to those who are not rigorously seeking, but to those who happen upon it. It comes suddenly to repair a broken heart we could not have admitted was hurt so deeply.

    God bless the little lost doggie…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very true, Diane. I wish everyone reading this who suffers from loss could be soothed by warm waters and healed by His love.

      Thanks for the sensitive note.

  29. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Oh, SO wonderful. There’s nothing more blissful than a hot spring. And to have it all to yourself? Blissful. To me, that is truly heaven on earth. I hope you can get the nut cakes to join you. What fun that would be! Thanks for a delightful post

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Marcia.

      It would be fun to play in the water with Bridget and Reggie. I’ve thought about putting Bridget in her “personal flotation device” that she wore when we floated the Madison and Williamson Rivers. She liked wearing it and I think she enjoyed being on the water, too.

      Too bad I wouldn’t be able to take photos if they do like the water. . . .

  30. So wonderful…..you brought tears to my eyes, too….and I’m an Atheist!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy. . . Those tears reveal a tender heart.

      • I’ll let you in on a secret; I cry when I hear certain music, see a wonderful dance performance, see exceptional art, and especially when I have, or witness someone having an exceptional nature/animal connective experience. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes! I share your secret! I rarely turn on music because it influences my emotions too much. And if it doesn’t, it’s bad music! Ha!

  31. Deb D says:

    So glad you got a chance to enjoy the Hot Springs. We stopped at Thermopolis,Wy
    Not as private but felt so good. A beautiful stop if you get up that way.
    Nice to see the different campgrounds you have found. We are so lucky to
    have such a beautiful diverse country. Enjoy !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We are fortunate, Deb. When you’re able to travel it’s like a huge smorgasbord of rich desserts. I want to try them all! Ha!

      We were close to Thermopolis, not on the road that goes through it. I wonder if we’ll ever find another hot springs as private and pretty as this one. . .

  32. Betty Shea says:

    Aww Sue, I believe in magic and now I know that you do too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty-Shea…. Oftentimes it’s hard for me to believe that the wonderful things we encounter come to us by chance and certainly not by our own design.

  33. Wow what a cleansing experience – both body and soul I would say. To be truly grateful, to feel that in your bones, to express it out loud, is to experience spiritual nirvana. I felt real joy at reading about your soak, and am so happy for you. As for Reggie, he just wanted you to know you weren’t dreaming 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      “I felt real joy”…. That made writing this post worth the effort! As for Reggie, he is curious about everything. He hadn’t seen me with my top off before, I guess. “Oh, wow, what are those?” 🙂

  34. UPCDebra - Orlando, Florida says:

    Oh My! Tears are flowing! I am so moved by your words and happy for you. Sometimes, emotion overcomes me when I come upon the wonders of God’s creation. It almost always has something do with H2O – The best place to worship is near a glacier covered mountain, aqua blue ocean, quiet brook. But, Hot Springs especially, bring me joy and restoration. Loved hearing/seeing/reading/experiencing how it is so joyful for you too. Blessings, many more HS dips and please forgive me for my spoiler.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aww, Debra…. You’re forgiven. 🙂 I saw your comment right when I was trying to put together this post in my mind and it wasn’t working! Ha!

      If one truly comprehends God’s wonders on this earth, how can one not be overcome with emotion? Thank you for a lovely note.

  35. Rand says:

    I brake for hot springs! Glad you’ve found a good one. It’s nature at its best! (and the f0lks it attracts are the same)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rand,

      I read somewhere that the water in the hot springs fell as rain millions of years ago…. Whatever the case, it sure felt divine!

  36. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Glad you had a wonderful experience, Sue…such treasures are indeed very special. Something that seems in my life at least, to come at unexpected times. Usually not even in ways or events I could possibly think to ask for. I was talking to hubby today as we were driving in the midst of our many things we have to do here…once again feeling hurried in them because our Seattle daughter is having health issues…still. We cannot be long in getting finished up here…but I was telling him how I feel in some events at least, even though they came about in ways we would not have chosen (some hard places) I can see that those things brought us right to where we most needed to be at a certain time even. We were in Seattle when his back came to the end and surgery had to be done…and via attending a kin get-together and meeting some shirt tale relations we were directed to maybe the best back surgeon in USA. And the day prior to flying out here, he told me where his back was itching and I did not like how it looked so told him to call up our old skin doc here in NC and we would go see him. He had a cancellation Friday…and yep he froze off that spot and scrapped 2 others to have them checked for cancer…and told me and hubby to watch a couple other places. (Hmmmmmmmm, the skin doc we saw a few months ago in WA did nothing, except take our money). When I told all this to our old doc here, he gave us the name of his friend in a town a bit farther south, but a town we drive through to visit kin anyway…so we now will have a good one closer to us in WA if needed. I was so glad this happened so we could see our old doc…all these seemingly “coincidences” the older we get and the more they happen…well, I see a plan myself. We just think we are totally in charge of our days…really?

    I have so much more peace now, than in years past, about others who do not yet experience HIM….HE has HIS own timing…our part is to be loving and helpful…whatever it takes…HE will do the rest. Coming to this has helped me a great deal in my worries over one of my children especially. Wishing you the best Sue for more such wonderful times…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      If one takes the time, like you did, to look back at the path of one’s life . . . Oh my gosh, I see how it worked out! I’m happy that you and your husband were brought to the right places as the right time, although they might not have seemed so then.

      “Be loving and helpful”… Thank you for the message to all of us. Have a good evening, Elizabeth, and Mr. Elizabeth. 😉

  37. Utah Bonnie says:

    Gratitude and the perfect hot spring equals religious experience. I love it! Reggie must have been weaned too early . . .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reggie is a rascal! Hi, Bonnie . . . I hope you’re enjoying this weekend.

      BTW, your art is wonderful!

      • Utah Bonnie says:

        Thanks Sue. I sold two paintings today to put money in the RV account.

        • Marilu from Northern California says:

          I also looked at your paintings, Bonnie. Beautiful! I can feel Utah through them. I k ow Snow Canyon… you nailed it.

  38. Shawna says:

    I am so glad it was such a wonderful experience for you. There for a second I was afraid you were started to cry because you were missing someone or something and were needing to get back to “civilization”….thank goodness it wasn’t that! I had a melt down recently while in the process of downsizing and getting my house ready to sell; wondering if I was doing the right thing and if it would all work out. I know you have been on the road for a while and it would have shown by now if you were unhappy, but you never have. I now have the hot springs in Dave Deacon Campground on my list. You go Sue!!! Hugs to you and The Bridge and Little Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you and hugs to you, too, Shawna.

      Downsizing and selling a house are big steps and I can understand you having moments of doubt. I think it was easier for me because I was prepared to give it all up by . . . desperation! Desperate to be free to roam, free of job, obligations, schedules, and that whole way of life.

      I haven’t regretted my decision for one second. I haven’t been lonely for anything or anyone. I live by experiencing each day as it comes, not by anyone’s expectations or demands. Wow! What a release! What freedom!

      Don’t expect to have as clear a launch as I had. Everyone is different. If you have a “meltdown” or a bout of loneliness or whatever, that doesn’t mean you made a mistake. An unchartered future can be intimidating. You will gain confidence as you go . . .

      Really, when you come right down to it, trying something new and challenging is exciting, even if intimidating. I suspect you know what your life will be if you don’t do this. But you don’t know what your life will be if you do! That’s what makes it fun!

      I wish you much happiness and wonder in your life, Shawna. Thanks for your concern for me. (Gee, sorry, I sound like a know-it-all)

      BTW, interesting blog, lots of enthusiasm and helpful ideas!

      • Shawna says:

        Thank YOU…. and you don’t sound like a know-it-all, you sound like the lady with the experience.

        Oh yes, I have a real good idea of what my life will be like if I don’t make changes. It’s not going to happen that way. Regardless of a doubt creeping in here and there, and the sheer amount of work it will take to get on the road, finally, that is what I want for my future. Thanks for reading my blog! Maybe we will meet “out there” some day and your pups and mine will get to play together a bit. Happy travels!!

  39. Gail says:

    A wonderful day, Sue. You bring joy to so many readers of your blog (including me), and you deserve days of joy in return. God wants his children to be happy. Golden memories!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail,

      Such a loving message. Thank you. I wish you “days of joy,” too!

    • Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

      Judy J. from Greenville, S.C.
      An attitude of gratitude…a beautiful, moving post, Sue. Thank you for helping us to remember our own God-given moments of unexpected pure joy.

  40. VIRGINIA HENKALINE says:

    I know I know it was an amazing experience but…Sue you scare me to death. And I hold my breath with every blog. However don’t think of me…just carry on.:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Virginia! What were you scared about? My blog must make you a nervous wreck. Sorry about that… 😉

  41. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Great story!!! Emotional, but uplifting. I too thought of Spike and how he would have enjoyed your day. Dear Sister, I pray you will have many more days like today.
    I love you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pauline… I wish the same for you. Sending lots of love, plenty for you and for the family, too. 🙂

  42. I’m so jealous, hot springs are the best!!! Wow, it’s so hard to find ones that are completely free of people and accessible! I am so glad for you and that you are able to live as you do. We live in such a complex world, it’s nice to see people enjoy the simple things in life 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jill,

      Ooh, you have a winery! Welcome to my blog . . . I looked up images of Quadra Island. What a lovely place . . . .

  43. Dennis Keppner says:

    Thank you Sue for proving the springs was there. We won’t be able to visit down there this year but next, we shall. Your experience was so much like what we’ve experienced and I readily recognize the feeling.

    Just an FYI, we have Crystal Crane Hot Springs once again on our route this year. While its commercial, there is no description of the experience of a midnight soak amid the stars and singing coyotes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dennis,

      I’m glad you saw this post. You will love the hot springs here when you come this way next year.

      You mention a soak with stars and singing coyotes… I was thinking how it would be to go to the hot springs on a clear night with a full moon. The coyotes would not disappoint! I wonder if lovers drive here to spoon… very romantic setting for skinny-dipping with the one you love!

  44. DesertGinger says:

    90 degrees is a perfect temperature for water. When I lived in Pacifica CA we kept our pool at 90. There is nothing like floating in your warm steamy pool on a foggy evening.

    Your little hot spring is so beautiful. You know, you can buy waterproof disposable cameras at many shops. Just a thought. When you take the camera in to be developed they can put the pics on a cd or thumb drive.

    I was out all day running about. Both my knees ache! We finished off with a movie….McFarland, USA. Great movie. I just loved it! Very inspirational, if anyone is looking for a good movie.

    Ok, time to ice my knees.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      You’re right, 90 degrees is perfect pool temperature. That’s what got me thinking about the times I wished I had a swimming pool. This one is better… no chlorine! 🙂

      I didn’t know about those waterproof cameras. Not that there’s a photo shop or any store within 70 miles of here…

      Sounds like you had a good day! Hope your knees ease up and you get a good sleep tonight . . .

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        If you have a large zipper bag, that might work. Pull it taught over the lens for the shot.

        And just in case, fill it with rice. 😉 Or maybe you could just cook the rice in the spa. 🙂

      • DesertGinger says:

        They have them at Walmart and most drugstores

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Pacifica? I lived there way back when…never will forget using the reflectors on the road to drive down the highway…that fog is intense!

      My favorite beach was down the road..San Gregorio with all of the driftwood structures.

      Glad to hear you are up and going strong! Running? Good for you!

  45. Wheelingit says:

    We never made it to Dave Deacon during our NV trip, but I soooooo wanted to go. I’m loving the pics and hot springs. We must go back!

    Nina

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Come prepared with lots of food and grog… Plenty of room for the Beast… You and Paul would love the hot springs pool.

      Thanks for stopping by, Nina.

  46. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I hope that you are able to enjoy the hot spring every day that you are at this camp. What a beautiful, private, perfect pool! I pray that this weekend does not bring other visitors to your heavenly swimming hole! Enjoy just one more of the glorious gifts that we have been given. 🙂

    Love and hugs to you and the precious Crew from me and Gracie pup. I like your measure of one peanut butter and honey sandwich! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      Well, it’s Saturday and a bunch of people pulled in here last night, several in groups, big bonfires, music, televisions, boats on trailers, quads, motorbikes, dogs, children, people having fun! I’m not going to the pool today or tomorrow. Too high a likelihood of people being there or arriving after I’m in the pool. That’s okay. Let the weekenders enjoy it.

      Wishing you both a good night . . .

  47. Chuck says:

    The Ruby Mtn Wilderness(name my be changed) south on Winnemucca is gorgeous. Check yr Benchmark. A very remarkable area. Also Gabbs, NV has a Dinosaur park. I used to have to sked propane trucks there as the whole town was plumbed for propane. It was for sale a while ago.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Yes, I see Ruby Mountain Wilderness on the map. I think there’s camping at Lamoille Canyon. I looked up photos online… Yes, it is gorgeous! Thomas Canyon Campground beyond Lamoille… It’s closed until mid-May. I suppose because it’s at 7,200 feet.

  48. kris says:

    You should go back there at night……and float under the stars!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sounds wonderful, Kris …. However …..Too much trouble with the crew and then there are the desert critters that come out at night…

  49. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Sue,

    I have a wish for you. I’m hoping that, amidst your meanderings, you find a perfect little cabin that has infinite views of mountains, flora and fauna to the max, quiet and friendly neighbors that are half a day’s walk away, brilliant fall coloring, and has a mild winter climate so your abode can be easily warmed by solar and built next to a hot spring that heats your home and your bones when the time comes to ‘sit-a-spell’.

    ………but not for awhile yet. You have a lot more serendipity to come across.

    Thanks for sharing with us your adventures, discoveries and the truly humbling gifts that are on this planet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maple Valley Gal, that is exactly what I would love! That is, if the time comes when I’m still kickin’ and can no longer live on the road. (I want to live like I am now as long as God wills.) You describe perfectly my dream for a second retirement. That’s what I’m saving for!

      Thank you!

  50. Wow, not that many natural hot springs are as deep and large. Welcome to the world of soakers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Al. I walked up to these hot springs with little knowledge about what hot springs are like. I was surprised at the depth. There are two pools connected by a narrow section shown in one of the photos. I’ve been soaking in the pool downstream from the other pool which looks just as deep.

  51. Wendy says:

    “If the only prayer you said was “thank You,” it would be enough.”- Meister Eckhart

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t that true… The more grateful one is, the simpler the words to express it.

  52. Deborah says:

    Oh, Sue – I’m so very deeply moved by your spiritual experience! What releases you experienced! Laughter, tears, more laughter and more tears! All those emotions, flowing like water, enabling God’s Love to flow into your heart. You experienced such a sacred moment. How could you not be changed? I suspect in the future you will look back at this day and know that this was the time the deep healing in your life started. Cherish the moment, like all others, then let it go so as to make room for the next spiritual moment. I am so happy for you. I know your path has been tough. So good to experience His healing Love!

    The desert for me has always been a mystical, healing place. Your post reminded me of when I lived in Tucson and had to opportunity to go out to my salt water pool when it rained (not during lightning, of course!). Those were always very special moments for me, many of which were so because I was touched spiritually. If you do have the opportunity to either get back to the spring during a rain storm (I know, it’s the desert!) or under the stars, I cannot recommend it enough!

    I embarked on my own journey a little over a month ago. Already I can see the healing occurring in my own life. There is something about embarking on a journey in which there is nothing other than trust and faith; that kind of journey cannot help but change and heal one. I’m so grateful to follow in your footsteps, yet not yours but my own.

    Be blessed, Sue, and continue on your journey of healing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A lovely, sincere comment, Deborah. I agree, “the desert is a . . . healing place.” The stars seem brighter, the night sky close, the sunsets glorious, the air dry and light. . .

      You wrote that I “will look back at this day and know that this was the time the deep healing in your life started.” Yes, deep healing, but it didn’t start this day. It started a few years ago . . . When you read my babbling about a bird or some other form of nature, see my struggles to get away from people, going off to isolated places, that’s me seeking more healing. I need that! I’m sorry I become feisty and rude when it is denied or the freedom to live a solitary, vagabond life is threatened. I’ve never been a rude person. That is how strongly I yearn for peace.

      I’m happy for you, that you are on a journey of blessings.

      • Deborah says:

        Sue, you and I are more alike than different I suspect. I, too, have been on a solitary journey even though I’ve been with more people than you. I’m sure you know that one can live a solitary life even when people are around. I’ve not yet achieved the vagabond life but it is coming in its own time. Hey, I’m living in my RV and it has wheels so I’ve got that in my favor!

        This morning I ran into a man I’ve met here at the campground. I consider him true friend material. He said something interesting to me. He told me that if I ever get lonely to call him (he is married so he isn’t hitting on me; his wife was sitting next to him). I know this was a truly heartfelt place he was coming from. We’ve had some great, deep conversations in the short time we have known each other. I started to think about what he said and had to acknowledge to myself that I really don’t get lonely being on my own. Sometimes I would like someone around to help me with this or that task but I don’t get lonely. I rarely get bored either. One of the gifts of this life of solitude is really getting to know myself, my strengths as well as my weaknesses. Perhaps the biggest gift, however, is learning to have faith and trust again in a world that doesn’t deserve it. However, I’m learning that there is one Source that never fails me. Maybe that’s what it really is all about – an effort to get closer to the spiritual life I’ve always hungered for so deeply.

        Thank you for allowing me this little space to process those thoughts.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Well, I feel called to comment. I don’t think its the world that doesn’t deserve faith and trust. Reality is completely reliable; it is our expectations and hopes that do not always succeed. At every moment, whatever is around us is the true ‘what is’ of our situation. It may not be what we planned or hoped, but it what it is. Our challenge is to embrace what is, and to elevate our spirit regardless of what is. Happiness is my choice. I can choose happiness in a snowstorm, soaking in a hot spring…whenever and whatever. If I don’t choose happiness, the problem is me, not what is around me. IMHO.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I’m guessing Deborah meant the violence, hostility, greed, selfishness, etc. of this world when she wrote that the world “doesn’t deserve faith and trust.” One is wise not to trust in many situations.

            Yes, happiness is a choice and I sense from your comments over time, Ginger, and from Deborah’s, too . . . that both of you are choosing to be happy, but using very different approaches and following very different avenues.

            • Ah, the issues of words and attempting to use them in a way to express our thoughts!

              I see when reading my statement involving the “world” and “trust and faith” I probably didn’t say quite enough and it could be confusing as a result. My mistake for attempting to use fewer words. The “faith and trust” I was looking to refer to was not in the world but rather in God while living in the world. Hopefully that is more clear.

              I am also saying that trust and faith in a corrupt, morally bankrupt world is asking for trouble and one will always be disappointed. Faith and trust in God, on the other hand, always will be for one’s best interest even if it doesn’t always appear that way.

              Happiness may be a choice for some, even for many, but it is not a choice available to everyone. There can be extenuating circumstances that keep happiness at bay in some cases no matter how hard the person may try. To me, to tell people in such a place that happiness is a choice and (implied) that if they aren’t happy it’s a direct result of their own choice, does not feel kind or loving to me.

              Let me be clear, I’m not blaming the world or anything around me for my happiness or lack thereof. I am fully responsible for my own decisions and the path that I have taken. Owning that responsibility is what gives me the power to make the changes I might need to make. However, I wasn’t talking about happiness that I remember. Rereading my post I don’t see that word written or even implied. What I was attempting to say is that only in the purity of the spiritual world (God) can we really trust.

              Thank you, DesertGinger, for your thoughts and thank you, Sue! I hope this manages to clarify my point a bit! 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Well written, Deborah…I like what you said. Well, we have lived it…choice? We can choose how to respond or not, sometimes that is all!! No perfect humans after all, are there? I nearly wore out the book of Psalms in my Bible during some difficult years…what a comfort!!

            • Deborah says:

              Elizabeth, thank you! I love the book of psalms. My favorite thing to do is to read the psalms out loud with appropriate affect. Really moves me when I do! It is funny, getting out on the road I didn’t bring any books with me. However, I was sure to download a couple of bible versions as well as devotional material. Always helps smooth out the rough spots! Might still have to buy a real one! Again, thanks.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Another easy way to read online is via blueletterbible.com too…has other info you can look up if you like too…often I use it to find a verse, when phrases go through my head, and I cannot remember the whole verse. 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Excellent, Deborah. I didn’t understand at first; I do now. 🙂

            • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

              I agree with you. Well said.

        • Karla in Ky. says:

          Your words have expressed so well how I feel. Thanks so much for sharing. We need people and relationships but we also need solitude to help us focus on our spiritual journey. I wish you peace and joy.

  53. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy….So let’s face it, for all his innocent looks, Reggie is all male. I love that little guy. That hot spring looks like it would be a fun and healing experience. I know I probably bug you with my warnings but once again, it’s rattler season in the deserts southwest. I was hearing tonight on the Phoenix news about a unsuspecting man from Michigan getting nailed by a baby rattler, he’s in the hospital. Out where you are should something like that happen you are a long way from medical help. Please be careful and keep the crew within sight and safe. Pay attention where you walk. Lecture mode off.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      My heart is warmed by your concern for me and the crew. I appreciate the reminders. I do my best to be careful without restricting our experiences too much. Fortunately my years of depression developed a habit for me — I walk with my head tilted down, eyes on the ground! Silver lining!

      I’m aware of the risk I’m taking almost every day, by myself in new surroundings and far from medical help. I could wake up in the night with kidney stone pain so bad I pass out, or a snake bite, or a fall . . . any number of things. Even so, I have to do this, even if it cuts my life short! Sorry to be overly dramatic… That’s how I feel. You are sweet to be concerned.

  54. Robynn,peoria az says:

    Good idea Jim warning her about the snakes, also watch out for scorpions.
    And try peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich some time, yummy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robynn… You know? I should try PB & DP. One shouldn’t live an entire life without that experience. Same with PB & Banana… Never had that either! If it was good enough for Elvis, it’s good enough for me, right? 😉

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        There’s also peanut butter and potato chip. Cruuuunch!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, no. I would love that. You shouldn’t have told me, Pen.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Speaking of sandwiches Pen…used to make mayo and chip sandwiches when I was in grade school…have not have one in years however!! HA…look what you made us think about!! 🙂 And of course, peanut butter…can’t miss with that one!!

      • PookieBoy in houston says:

        there ya’ll went and done it…..so much talk about PB and Jelly I just had to have one………..and yup, they are still a great snack!
        chuck

  55. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I too love natural hot tubs…my fav was the one in Death Valley but I think it was a tad warmer than 90 degrees but still enjoyed it. We took a mini bath like the Japanese do before they get in the pool. I think Reggie and Bridget will like the warm water as long as they don’t get over heated. I too cry when I get over whelmed with happiness…tears of joy 🙂 I cried when I saw Niagara Falls, when I saw migrating geese in V formation high in the sky, things like that. Wagonteamaster wrote a blog about hot springs in Oregon and no one uses them….out in middle of no where. When we visited Crater of the Moon, we learned the volcanic activity moved across Nevada, Idaho into Wyoming…now Yellowstone….hence the hot springs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love people who cry seeing geese fly… Hi, Rita,

      About bathing before getting into the pool… You reminded me of what I like about this hot springs (I don’t know if all of them are this way.). The stream comes into the first pool, then through a short “narrows’ into the second pool and then out again in the stream you see in the photo. You can feel a gentle current in the pool. I like that the water moves, keeping the pools fresh.

      Yes, there are hot springs all over Nevada. I see them in my Benchmark atlas. I imagine the one in Death Valley is hotter and very relaxing.

  56. Sandy says:

    Gratitude is key

  57. MB says:

    Good morning dear Sue. What a wonderful experience you had. And thank you for sharing. I have had feelings such as the one you described several times in my life….and none were in church…..though I know some who have had such experiences inside a house of worship. For me, they are always outside and alone. I remember one morning very early I was driving somewhere around The Avenue of the Giants in northern CA. No one else was on the road but a paper man and I let him pass. It was foggy. I stopped my truck and got out to take a picture. Instantly, I was struck by the same feelings you described in your post. And my mind went back to my early church years and pulled just the right verse out of the “files”. “Take off your shoes. You are standing on Holy ground.” Awe, true, utter gratitude and a love so deep….it all pulsed through me…to those trees and back. Thank you for the memory Sue. And on another note…..though I was not raised Catholic…..I do have to make a confession……I was SO jealous!!!!! 🙂 Swimming in a natural hot springs in the desert…..with no one for miles…..is sooooo on my bucket list! 🙂 Enjoy! MB from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB and good morning to you, too,

      What a beautiful, spiritual moment for you! And you described it so well. That’s a lovely verse… speaking of reverence and stillness in the presence of that which is holy… That moment will be with you all your life and a comfort, no doubt. Thanks for sharing it here.

      • MB says:

        Once when I was at the Grand Canyon I saw a tour bus pull up and let the people off. They happened to be Asian. A couple of them walked past me, on their way to the first overlook. Several were snapping pictures and speaking in a language I did not understand. Then one man got to the point where he had his first glimpse of the canyon. He stopped, threw his hands in the air and began to sing. I did not understand the words but I knew the tune…..”Oh Lord my God….when I in awesome wonder…..!” 🙂 I’ll never forget him.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          🙂

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          MB, I so understand your hearing that song, even in another language. Reminds me of when hubby and I were privileged to be in Jerusalem for some days a few years ago…there are no words to describe the joy we saw in those who came to pray at the Wall!! And the dancing and singing…the soldiers, most young kids, who came to pray in large groups too…meeting others from our own country there and quietly chatting in the back portion, farthest from the Wall!! There was one group from Africa there one night and they were the most exuberant of all…dancing, singing…made us think ahead of what awaits us one glad day yet to come!!

          • MB says:

            What a wonderful story. I know that there are many bad things happening in the world….but there are also many wondrous things and experiences for those who choose to see. People are so different. We like being different. But there are things such as what you described that serve to remind us that we are all kin. Thank you for telling your story. 🙂 Have a great day in WA!

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              And thanks for telling yours, MB…I retold it to my hubby and we both enjoyed yours again too!! Lovely!!

  58. Jan Johnson says:

    What a magical experience! Blessed indeed you are to be able to live such a free life and see so many places of this beautiful land. I can only imagine such a world. I adore my kids, and I have no regrets adopting them as a single mom and giving up so much of my life to them – as they deserve from their only parent. But other things have plagued me so badly – jobs I do not like and where my work is so unappreciated even though I have always worked well and hard, above and beyond. I never got to do what I love and was meant for as I have had to put my family first and find jobs that made money right away. Health issues have plagued me, financial issues have ruled out lives for the last several years due to my career not being as needed anymore and health issues making work difficult. Our car is in too bad a shape to go much of anywhere we don’t have to. But I dream.

    I know you did your time too, and I can only pray and hope that someday I get to follow my heart and see places I have never seen and experience the joy and gratitude you felt today. I feel thankful for all I have and so many have it so much worse than I do, but I am worn down and could use some time to find a path of my own and experience the delights of nature and the ability to just live for myself and do what I want to do and go where I want to go.

    I loved this post and that you shared such a personal special moment in time and the emotions that went along with it. And I always enjoy a good laugh, thinking of little Reggie being naughty 🙂 I’m so happy for the joy you felt since you bring joy to those of us vicariously motoring along with you, dreaming.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      There are people who are givers. They give and give and give and give, out of great love and a strong sense of responsibility, and this can go on until the giver hasn’t much of herself left.

      I relate to what you wrote ” . . . giving up so much of my life to them” and your hope “to follow my heart and see places I have never seen and experience the joy and gratitude… .” You deserve that, Jan! If you can find a way, go for it and watch out that you aren’t pulled away from your dream by the “needs” of others.

      You made me smile with your phrase “Reggie being naughty.” Just this second I looked over at the crew snuggled in the comforter. Reggie and Bridget are asleep, cheek to cheek. How cute! I wish I could take a photo of that.

      I’m glad you’re riding with us, Jan. Thank you for the heartfelt sharing of yourself, something you do well!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Want to encourage you Jan to hang in there…our life was very much as you describe yours when we were raising children (why so hard then? I have no answer for that…) but even though things are not easy now either, for our health issues and those of a child…still it is easier in some ways than it was those long years ago!! I hope you will see a light at the end of the tunnel soon!! You are a brave woman too, raising children alone!!

      • Jan Johnson says:

        Thanks Sue and Elizabeth! I’ve almost got these young’uns raised and they will be in college in less than two years. Maybe then I can find a path of my own here and there until they are out of college and working and maybe I can afford to do something then.

  59. Gene in Ohio says:

    Please be careful about submersing your head in the hot springs water. There are microorganisms/bacteria in the water that could cause an infection. Living as you do, I don’t think you want to come down with an eye/ear/nasal infection. What would the puppies do if you could not see because of illness?

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      I read that also! Yikes! But she did hold her nose!
      There is a “bug” that also lives in fresh water that does the same. I don’t ever submerse my head in our lake.

      Knowledge is perhaps the best information we all get from this blog. With that knowledge, one can still enjoy natures best…and at the same time know the dangers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I am heeding your warning, Gene. It was reckless of me. Thanks for caring enough to write….

  60. Julie B says:

    This is my favorite post ever…..ever…..thankful I waited to today, Palm Sunday, to read it. Your love for God, nature, and all your readers shows every day without you ever Saying a word, Sue. That is the best testimonial of faith anyone can give. <3

  61. PookieBoy in houston says:

    this is probably your best post not only because its great but some great post by all your followers…..glad I got to read all of them….
    hot springs reminds me of the time we were in Colorado with snow on the ground and the little town we were in had hot springs with a big circus tent covering them….we went in with shorts on…..
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      The blogorinos are in top form! I’ve enjoyed reading their comments, too.

      That’s cool…well, maybe warm…. a hot springs in the winter under a tent…

  62. Jannie H says:

    I don’t usually post but read your adventures every time. Thank you for this one! I really felt like I was in the water with you. I loved it! Where exactly is this?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jannie H.,

      Have I ever welcomed you to my blog? Welcome! It was nice to have you in the water with me and to see you here now. 🙂

      Dave Deacon Campground is in the Kirch Wildlife Management Area in southern Nevada. It’s about 7 miles west of State Route 318 accessed by a dirt/gravel road. There is a small sign. The turn is a few miles south of a highway rest area on 318.

      Directions taken from the website:
      From Las Vegas (approximately 175 miles), take Inter-
      state 15 north to U.S. 93, then take State Route 318 north.
      Kirch WMA is located about 60 miles north of Hiko.

      From Ely (approximately 75 miles), take U.S. 6 south to State Road 318 and continue to Kirch WMA.

      For detailed info about the wildlife area, click this link.

      To find Hot Creek Springs, turn left as you leave the campground. A short distance and you come to a fork. A sign directs you to turn right and go one mile.

  63. Gail Docter says:

    Thank God above for dogs and frogs!

  64. DesertGinger says:

    Well I just shopped on Amazon. Several items were inspired by other reader’s purchases. Love those links.

    My friend left. Today is laundry day, and….I think I will go swimming for the first time since knee surgery! Very exciting. Maybe later I will go to another movie. Fun, fun, fun! Or, I could do paperwork. Hmmmmmm…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks a bunch, Ginger! I do appreciate your shopping trips from my blog. I’ll continue with the links. I hope you are having fun today… I bet you are!

  65. Applegirl NY says:

    God Bless You, Sue. Thank you for sharing your heart-felt post.

    I often find that my eyes and heart fill with gratitude for what He has done, and how He is revealed through His Spirit and in His glorious creation. Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t have to be perfect to be blessed. That thought alone makes me grateful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      That’s right. We can be very imperfect. I ache for those who do not see the perfection that has been and continues to be created for us. The gratitude that springs from that awareness is the secret to happiness.

      Thank you for your message.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      This is a beautiful post…thanks for sharing it. Blessings as you embark on your adventures!!!

  66. rvsueandcrew says:

    You’re welcome! What a sweet note, Brenda. Thank you for your loyalty to my blog, the crew and me. I hope to have stories to tell and travels to share for a very long time.

    My very dear cousin was named Brenda. She was the instigator of a lot of escapades and laughter during my childhood. I think I learned from Brenda to take risks for the fun and excitement to be had.

  67. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    I, too, used those links when I saw some LED bulbs. Have been researching and pricing them for awhile. The 10 pack was only $18.99! That’s $1.90 each for standard 1141 12vdc bulb that is sold at ‘that camping store’ for $19.99. When compared side by side, I couldn’t see any brightness difference. I also ordered the super bright LEDs that Amazon so kindly suggested and WOW are they bright. They are only 1 watt more than the standard LEDs.

    If anyone is planning to change out their incandescent bulbs, these are well within most budgets. The link was a few posts back. Perhaps Ms. Sue could put her link here.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      Every Sunday as a habit since I discovered your blog, Sue, I log on to see faith, love,joy, hope, community in action, gratitude, fun , and adventure!! Never have I been disappointed as I strive to begin this Holy Day with stories to feed my spirit as well as scripture and prayer of my own. It’s a great way to begin a busy week. Thanks for all you share with each and every one of us. God has given you so many chances to write and inspire us by the way you Walk your Talk

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maple Valley Gal . . . Good to know you’re happy with a product sold by Amazon… I think this is the link you’re talking about….

      New 1156 7506 1003 1141 LED SMD 18 LED Bulbs Interior RV Camper Warm White

      Thank you!

      • We bought those LEDs also and love them! Chuck got me one for over the stove also, it was a different base than the others so he had to order it separate and I love it! Much better light at my stove! So thank you for posting those LEDs, great bargain for sure!

  68. weather says:

    Goodness,Sue, what lovely comments on this post-since you had to stay inside due to so many camped nearby,hopefully that made it more pleasant.I hope most of the campers are on their way back home so you can regain the peace and quiet.Having just the troupe’s voices near me now is a welcome relief you must be looking forward to for yourself.I sold an astonishing (to my friend,at least) amount of antiques today.I’m really glad as they need the money,yet my personal gratitude is that I’m able to-do that or anything at all.

    Above in a reply you mentioned wishing all of your readers could have moments so wonderfully full of realization(not quoting you exactly)that they felt as you did while in the hot springs.Reading that I prayed the same for people too feeble,poor, or whatever might incapacitate them,to access the internet or contact with the world.I think often of the things we take for granted-mobility,sight,strength,functioning organs,just being able to breath.Even to have such things with diminished capacity is more than many have,yet I’ve met some people without we have whose conversation and attitude inspired all around them with so much…

    A lady today bought something inexpensive yet beautiful to her,and me,and paid with change she had in her coin purse.Happiness was written all over her,obviously just glad to able be out of her home and bring something pretty back to it.In her late seventies and with limited funds,I could, by watching her closely ,tell those chances come rarely now.Her expression and few words stood out like a beacon among all others I encountered today.Unaware that they are doing it- many privileged folks frown,fret,complain as a normal way of being sociable or living,how sad.

    So to be able to wake early,get dressed,drive and work-PLUS see someone like her and read your blog,this post, really is a blessing and breath of fresh air I don’t take for granted.Your site meter and comments section shows how many people feel the same way.Knowing the hot springs weren’t on today’s agenda I hope you still saw and felt beauty.Thanks for letting me glimpse so much of it here.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thanks for sharing your observations, Weather…interesting what you see and notice!! We ate in Cracker Barrel tonight and of course, I like to browse the store for a few minutes…there is a darling sign they have for sale now, (wish I could quote it 100%…but I will give it my best shot) that made me think of this post and the comments: “What if the only things you awoke to in the morning were the things you were grateful for last night.” Gave me pause to think…oh I need to be more verbal in saying thank you to GOD for all HE gives me.

      Also, Sue in the restaurant we sat next to a couple with a tiny dog (I think a Pekingese) dog in a stroller. Sitting close to the man who was feeding the dog tidbits of chicken etc as he ate. I wondered how they were allowed to bring the dog in. I said to him as he stood, “I see you brought your baby with you and much quieter than children are now.” They told us that he was a marine with PTSD and she was his service dog. I had NO idea a dog that small was ever a service dog. Having only seen mid to large sized dogs in that position. The little dog never made a peep and laid down in the stroller so only someone next to them would be able to see her!! So cute.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        As you and I and all dog lovers know, a dog can help a person stay calm and feel loved. That Pekinese probably was well trained. They can be hyperactive.

      • weather says:

        Gee, Elizabeth-that’s a powerful message on the sign you liked.Imagine how people would treat each other if they considered them in light of that…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          You make a valid point Weather…have so often wondered in my life why some seem bent on being so mean to others…I guess maybe they think they will live forever in this life? You do wonder…and it feels good to be good to other too…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I thought of you today and wondered how things were going at the antiques shop. I’m glad sales were good for the benefit of your friend and for your efforts to help. Your telling of the lady buying something pretty for her home with change from her purse is a poignant example of beauty bringing happiness to someone receptive to it…. and, also, gratitude for little things. I remember years ago, living “hand to mouth” and listening to people of means moan and complain about the silliest things.

      Yes, we have much to be grateful for. Being able to step outside this trailer and greet the morning with all my senses, wow! Aren’t the messages written under this post just wonderful? I’m very pleased and feel closer than ever to those who visit my blog. Yes, I did see beauty today as the crew and I went on a drive up this valley. Thank you for that wish…

      You must be tired, tired in a good way from an “honest day’s work.” No need to reply. N’nite…

      • weather says:

        Thanks,Sue,I was tired in a good way,and today’s felt more like a luxury to meander through because of it.Bet you are happy,too,that the weekend’s past.Have almost all the other camper’s left?So far the only noisy crowd I’ve heard consists of critters,sweet!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, some weekenders left, some stayed… By this morning I’d had enough and I broke camp, moving to a quiet place!

          • weather says:

            Hope you find someplace nice,and easily.Stay well and be blessed until you’re able to check back or ready to give more news.hugs and prayers “til then

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            So glad you found a quiet place, Sue…natural noise is one thing and the other…sigh…but there are those who love a lot of noise and cannot live without it apparently. You made a good choice…find another location.

  69. kgdan says:

    Oh we are definitely going to camp where you are on the way north. 97degrees here today. Leaving in three days.

  70. Pam and Maya says:

    A beautiful experience, thank you for sharing. Also a big thank you for suggesting Roosevelt Lake! Maya and I are in heaven, it’s so beautiful and we are kayaking and swimming everyday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s wonderful, Pam! I’m so happy for you and Maya. Thanks for letting me know!

  71. Lolalo says:

    Sue, a truly moving post! But, I have to say I thought you were contemplating skinny dipping, yourself, as you described not having a bathing suit, being alone, no one for miles, etc. Ha!
    I was moved to tears while viewing one of the hot springs at Yellowstone. It was the most beautiful azure water and seemed too beautiful to be real. Something about it captivated me and tears began to flow. This happened once before when I saw my first Harvest Moon as it rose above the horizon. I actually stopped my car and was uttering out loud “Oh, my God!” Over and over.
    Nature at its best! Hope you enjoy the hot spring daily and I can hardly wait to find a place like this! Thanks for sharing this personal experience.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lolalo. Your moments of overwhelming beauty in nature…. I like to think of those as God’s thinking-of-you cards. Silly and sentimental, I know.

      That reminds me of a time driving on an unfamiliar road at night, out in the country, no street lights, of course, or artificial light anywhere. There was one light showing us the way of the road far ahead… the full moon. My passenger described the full moon as God’s flashlight. Love that!

      Thank you for sharing your special moments, Lolalo.

  72. Timber n' me says:

    Looks like a nice place to soak your bones, even in the winter. ,,,, well,,, after seeing the U S Drought Monitor, I don’t think I’m going up to the PNW, it looks like a lot of fire danger, as it was pointed out to me from a friend, so we’ll wait and see which way we’re going to go, but have a great day anyway and give the pups a hug from us. ,,,,,,,,,me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Thanks for the alert. You know the dangers of camping when fires are breaking out. I’ll have to keep aware of that. There’s a website for fire alerts and their status. Can’t think of it right now.

      You have a good evening, friend. Hugs to Timber…

      • Timber n' me says:

        My friend with a lot of knowledge on the weather and such gave me the heads up after talking to him ’bout heading to Sisters, so I thought I’d give you the heads up, That’s what friends “Do”. So I ‘ll maybe stick around Prescott, Flagstaff areas till May, and keep a eye on things. We’re near Kingman, AZ till the first, getting a tire , food and things , then, then on to PNF. ,,,me

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      That might depend on just where you go Rusty…it is true we have not gotten much rain this winter…but I have to say things look awfully green yet…?? Snoqualmie Ski Resort did not open this year however last I heard…which has almost never happened. In January when we went by it, the runs were covered with just a skiff of snow…weeds seen sticking above the snow…weird!!

  73. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Sue, did that water have any strong odors, sulfur or mineral-y? You didn’t mention it in your post so it must not have been very noticeable. That smell used to take days to get out of my hair. Your photos show no mineral build-up and you said the current was strong enough to feel. The fast flow probably keeps the ‘nasties’ out. And the anonymity may prevent heavy usage so not many ‘bugs’.

    These days of information on demand have me often confused. (so does many things) I have been in many natural water sites over the years. (and years, and years….) I can’t recall any illnesses from taking a dip whenever possible. I never knew or was alerted to any issues doing that. (yeah, didn’t wear a bike helmet then either; that may explain a lot) Time have changed. Has the water, too?

    BTW, the watermark in your first few shots is not yours. For my information, can it be changed after you’ve posted them?

    Happy soaking!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, the water doesn’t have any odor and there isn’t any odor on my wet clothes or hair. No nasties of any kind.

      I fixed the watermark. I forgot to change it back to “rvsue 2015” after posting the jackrabbit photo. Thanks for letting me know.

  74. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Wow gal from maple valley was right the last,photo watermark says pest products. What in the world!?

  75. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Sue even after reloading several times to my iPad the very last picture still shows as pest products as of this morning.

  76. O.K. Wow Sue, what a wonderful and proliferative post. Nature is my life’s blood and all that there is to see and feel…and you certainly got the most out of that with your wonderful experience at the “hole”. Every day on my way to work I see the wonder around me, although I have to look through all the cars and traffic on the road, but it is clear to see if you look with wonder and gratefullness. I am grateful that you are our leader in this wonderful journey…travel on dear friend and little crew friends…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a nice thing to say, Shirlene. I don’t think of myself as your “leader”…. wow!

      Yes, seek those views of creation whenever and wherever you can!

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      I’m sure you know about the dog park at the beach in Huntington Beach. It’s fun to watch the dogs come and go, especially when they arrive and realize they are about to have a fun romp in the surf!

  77. Carol says:

    I love your blog…sure wish I could visit that hot springs….I also thank God for all the blessings he’s bestowed on me.

  78. AZ Jim says:

    Well, I cry when I hit my thumb with a hammer! Does that count?

  79. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I loved this. What a beautiful post. This sound so peaceful and serene. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us. Take full advantage of it while you are there. I bet you will be looking for more hot springs in your future travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed this post, Jolene. I was fortunate to find the hot springs pool unoccupied.

  80. Hi Sue, looks like you may have made it to a new camp, I am assuming from the time stamp on your last reply….I hope all is well and you guys have settled into another great little secret spot….can’t wait to hear about it…Sleep tight tonight, you have the moon and the stars to keep you company, along with the blogorinos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I have the moon, the stars, and the blogorinos…. How wonderful! 🙂

      We have arrived safely at another nice camp. It’s been a very full day and I don’t have the energy to post tonight. Bridget and Reggie have already turned in for the night.

      Thank you for the sweet message. You sleep well, too, Shirlene…

  81. Lynn Brooks says:

    I envy you & at the same time are THRILLED for you!
    What a truly SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE!!!
    I had that once – when I married my husband (he died 3+ years later), but I thanked God everyday (still do) for giving me the experience I had with my best friend!
    We are blessed!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn,

      I’m sorry the time you had with your “best friend” was cut short. That must be very difficult.

      Mixed feelings about me and my life, eh? You made me chuckle with your “I envy you and . . . .”

      May blessings continue in abundance for you… Have a good evening.

  82. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue,hope you rested well and are having a nice morning and good coffee.In case you haven’t looked at a calender lately,Sunday will be Easter,might affect your plans.I’ll refrain from questions as I know you like to save news for posts.My beach thawed back into sand and is full of seagulls enjoying breakfast.Gotta laugh at how cute they are calling in excitement with every treat.That must be what watching the crew explore a new camp and day feels like,enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather… We all had a good rest. I hope you and your troupe did also. Thanks for the reminder about Easter. I’m working on a post this morning. Reggie has been very demanding, interrupting me for play and another walk. I can’t blame him. He and Bridget slept a lot yesterday while we were traveling. I can picture the sea gulls. You reminded me of the Salton Sea which seems like ages ago!

      • weather says:

        We did rest well,too,and are rarin’to go,thanks.Good for Reggie,he has his priorities straight 😉 Guess this year ‘s holding so much is what makes the Salton Sea visit seem further back on the journey.Gee,a lot has happened since then! “See ya” on the new post later.

  83. DesertGinger says:

    Another beautiful, but hot, day. I heard this heat wave was going to break, but I don’t think so. It is mid-to-high 80s for the next two weeks. Much hotter than this time last year. Oh well. I have to start making plans on what to do with my summer. I think…but not sure…I want to travel. But where? And I worry about money. Decisions, decisions!

  84. pete says:

    should have gone nude, then you’d really feel free.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A man’s point of view… A lifetime as a part of the “prey” gender makes nude swimming an uncomfortable experience. Where’s the freedom when you have to look over your shoulder all the time while in the hot springs?

  85. Janet says:

    Looks wonderful! Do you know how Verizon is there? 1X? 3G? 4G? 0?

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