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I love how all of  my hikes are in the past tense – and here’s another to add to that ever-growing list of memorable moments (from the way, way back history of my former, pre-marriage, pre-children, life).  I’ve been to a few natural hot springs areas in the northwest, and by far my favorite has been the Olympic Hot Springs which is tucked high-up in the tree-laden forest of the Olympic National Forest…and btw, I am talking about the Olympic Hot Springs, not to be mistaken by the sterile, commercialized, and sadly overflowing tourist-filled menagerie better known as Sul Duc Hot Springs.  But I digress….

Olympic Hot SpringsThe last time I ventured up to the Olympic Hot Springs was probably about five years ago – my friend, we’ll refer to her as Missy the City Girl, and I, buzzed up through Port Angeles and into the Olympic National Forest, in her cute little green Jetta, that shouted, I do NOT belong in the woods, but nevertheless, she and I were determined to meet my friends that were already up at the springs camping for a long weekend.  Missy the City Girl, who adamantly wanted to trek up through the woods with me, but could not go without a years worth of makeup and a blow-dryer (of course, it plugs into the trees, right?!), and I, hiked about two miles into the woods to a grass-covered area to meet some friends and set-up camp.  The hike was easy and actually paved for about the first mile; however, as any of you who have hiked in somewhere to camp know, the weight of your gear, increases exponentially the farther you hike.  Of course, my gear included a one-ton tent and what must have been a keg of wine (Surely it started out as a bottle, I swear it did!). 

 The hot springs were surprisingly sparsely inhabited, which made for a relaxing and stress-free weekend.  After setting up camp, I went with my friends to check out the springs – you cross by a small trail and I believe a little bridge (my memory may be failing me here) and on the other side are several natural hot spring pools.  One of the larger pools, towards the end of the trail, is set near a rocky wall, which when I was camping, was filled with flowers and candles from past visitors…it was quite romantic, and would have been much more romantic if I was with a significant other instead of watching my lovebird married friends kissing and making out in front of me – sickening – no PDA unless I have my own love interest along to create my own PDA moments!!!  Seriously!   So, not sure if I am being too specific about the hot springs, but I definitely loved having the choice of several natural pools and being able to enjoy the best of two of my favorite things:  the outdoors and hot tubs!!! 🙂

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