A friend of mine at Starbucks told me about these hot springs in Midway (little community about 20 miles outside Park City) that are free and open to the public. She drew me a map and said to look for the rising steam to find them. On Friday, Chris, Ben and I ventured out to find them. We found them and they were not quite what we expected.
It started with a drive down a steep muddy hill in Pumpkin. The ground is very muddy because the ground underneath is so warm. We walked around the area- it honestly wasn’t that beautiful.. there was beer cans, garbage, campfire remnants. It was pretty sad, how some people were taking advantage of a really cool free thing in nature by leaving their crap behind. The hot springs itself were just as strange as the area. There was a fence around part of them and cinder blocks and strange cement pieces in the water to sit on. The water was surrounded by some trees and cattail like plants.
After our walk it was time to get in and try it out and got in- and man, it was hot!!! It was way hotter than a hot tub- almost too hot for me, and that’s rare. I don’t think I ever got my shoulders wet- it was too hot to go in like you would a hot tub. My skin turned all bright red!
The other people there were totally part of the experience and I can’t resist writing about it… Sorry if I’m rude!
- First the two guys drinking beers in their boxers, one of which had two metal front teeth (grills). They got out shortly after we got in and blasted their music from their car while getting dressed.
- Then a family came- 3 cute redhead girls and their parents- very normal. The kids were lovin the hot springs. Reminds me of something my family would have done. Free, outdoor.. who cares if it’s a little strange? (pig river anyone??)
- Then out of nowhere, a guy with huge chops emerges from a creek that feeds into the hot springs. He went swimming in the muddy marshy part of the pond. He said the marshy part is the best part of the hot springs and we need to go over there. He went over to the hottest part of where we were and floated around there, then got out and ate some moss type stuff off the water in a creek. Hmm..
- It continues with a young guy (high school age) coming up to Chris asking us to see if we had a band-aid. He cut his finger with a knife while sitting in his car. It was a pretty deep cut. Chris asked him what he was doing and he and his buddies were cutting up their shoes because they wanted new ones and the shoes had a lifetime warranty. We did not bring band-aids to the hot springs so Chris gave him a bandana and the guys left. Thank god they did not get in the water- gross!