HOT SPRINGS TOO HOT FOR SPRINGIN'


Recently, Chase and I went on a little road trip up the coast to Lake Tahoe and back. After a good weekend in Tahoe, we decided to camp one night in Mammoth. We grabbed the most delicious chocolate croissants and cocoa at a local bakery and made our way through Bishop bright and early. Hopping into a hot spring sounded like the perfect remedy to jump start our day.

After a little googling, I found a hot springs called Hot Creek that was near Mammoth and we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, once we got there we read some signs and realized they were now off limits due to scourging temperatures and dangerous waters. Despite our disappointment we soaked in the views and watched a mama deer and her two babies climb up the steep hillside.

Since we still wanted to find a hot spring, we did a little more yelping as we drove towards Bishop and found another one near Hot Creek. It was called Little Hot Creek, but unfortunately it too was too hot as well! A quick toe dip was about all we could handle, we had such bad luck :(. I'm not sure if it was just the time of year or just that day. Either way, we plan on going back to Little Hot Creek in the winter with hopes that it will be soak worthy. The great thing about this hot spring was that locals had made it into a smooth hot tub with pipes that directed the natural hot water like jets. They even come and clean it, leaving notes on pallets to travelers asking them to be respectful while enjoying their visit. I thought this was great to see locals sharing their little secret wander with the rest of us.

For an awesome website on good hot springs in California, click HERE.


GETTIN' COASTAL

Tee Pee sweater c/o: Indy Brand Clothing

My husband Chase and I decided to take the coastal route on our way to a family reunion this summer. Our first stop was in Santa Barbara where we had breakfast and I drank the most delicious hot chocolate ever, see photo HERE.  Then we made our way through Pismo Beach and ended our day in Morro Bay. We were sure to make plenty of pit stops to enjoy the sites and attractions, starting in Pismo.

Pismo beach was a cute little beach town with some restaurants and lots of dune buggies to rent and ride on the beach. We didn't have the time, so went for some salt water taffy at the local candy store. Growing up whenever my family visited a small beach town on the coast, my dad would search for the nearest local taffy store and load us up with delicious treats. Taffy shops are always painted so cute and smell delicious, I just love them. It's a tradition I'd like to keep and do with my own family that my dad is probably unaware he even started :). After I stuffed my belly with taffy, my husband and I ate at an adorable train diner that served both Greek food and the usual burgers, fries and shakes. Then we drove through Los Osos to check out Spooners Cove and ended our day in Morro Bay. We explored the backside of the rock obsessing over all the cute otters eating clams and simply enjoyed mother nature and all her beauty.


CONVICT LAKE

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Explored this beautiful mountain lake mid-morning and had the whole place to ourselves. Convict Lake got its peculiar name from the incident in 1871 where a bunch of prisoners escaped and found themselves here (what a sight!) There were posses involved, and after a shoot-out a good ole Wells Fargo agent who had been passing through was killed. They honored him by naming the mountain you see, Mount Morrison, in his name. Interesting story for a beautiful place tucked in the Eastern Sierras.


MOUNTAIN LAKES

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Destination: Convict Lake Campgrounds / Camping Fee: $22 per night / Distance from LA: 4.5 hrs

Known for its great fishing, you can grab a canoe or tug boat and paddle across this pristine mountain lake and be sure to get some bites. During the Ice Age, the entire Eastern Sierras region was created by ancient glaciers. Convict Lake was formed by huge slabs of ice that ran into each other and created this moraine (basically a pile of debris) that formed what we see today. Pretty magical to imagine hundreds of thousands of years ago the glacial shifts of earth had a party and made this beautiful sight to behold.


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BRUSH YO TEETH

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Just because you're camping doesn't mean you get to skip brushing your teeth. 
Even though I really like to be dirty.

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