I got a message from Kevin on Friday saying, “Let’s go to a hot springs this weekend.” And so it came to past.
I started calling around to the few housing accommodations to book a room for Saturday night and I got laughed at by a few people. Geesh, haven’t you ever heard of a last minute get-away. Anywho, I was able to get the last room at a small motel right across the street from Lava Hot Springs. I went there as a child with my grandparents. I remember going once by myself with my grandparents. My grandpa and I would soak while my grandma stayed in the trailer. I didn’t remember much about it, but a few things were very familiar.
First though, Novalie and I had tickets for Disney on Ice on Friday afternoon. We went to the Rockin’ Ever After show and it was awesome! So, so much better and more fun than the Disney on Ice show we went to 2 years ago.
Enjoying her snowcone that cost me an arm and a leg. 😉
The show got out a little after Kevin got off work, so he came to find us. Which I was glad for because I don’t drive in after event crowds or get out of crowded after event parking lots. I turn into a damsel in distress and he is my rescuer.
We were going to eat at In-n-Out, but Friday night there was a nightmare (busy nightmare), so Novalie’s second choice was IHOP. Where she enjoyed cup after cup of hot chocolate.
We got home late, slept in the next morning, loaded our car and headed to our adventure at the hot springs.
Not before Novalie got out some energy and showed us her new trick. She has been working on holding this head stand and she got it down.
Feeling the glorious sunshine on our faces. A little piece of heaven on earth.
24 hour trip requires 50+ stuffed animals. Check.
(“Don’t worry mom, I have more in my suitcase!”) (good, cause I WAS worried)
A little road trip entertainment. If you have kids and go on road trips, you need window markers. Fun and creative entertainment for hours.
Our motel. It was barely standing and Novalie wouldn’t go anywhere near the shower. We had a group of drunks above us and duct tape covering up holes between our wall and our neighbors wall. They had a fireplace and in Novalie’s eyes that made it fancy. It was an experience.
We went to the hot springs first thing. There are four different pools getting hotter as you go to each one. We started going down the steps to the 3rd hottest and quickly got out. Ouch. We went to the first pool which we quickly got used to and then skipped the 2nd (it was really small and super crowded) and got back in the 3rd again, this time being able to stand it. Kevin and I enjoyed distinguishing the different types of people there. Funny story, when we went back at night, Kevin thought we were following him to go to a different area of the 3rd pool by the steps. He found himself in the middle of a singles group with them all staring at him. We didn’t follow him. Lack of communication. Led him to a funny spot with lots of blank stares. Which leads me to this picture:
Oh my goodness, we laughed hard at this picture. It needs a caption that says, “Watch out for the creepy middle aged guy roaming around.” His face and body language say exactly that. (he is proud of this picture and thinks it should be shared with all)
In between soaks at the hot pools and dinner, we went to the indoor pool where Novalie climbed and dived over and over. Kevin and I watched her pool side as we read books and people watched. Adding to our relaxation.
For dinner we went to a haunted pizza parlor. We thought this quarter machine was the creepiest thing, but it fit the motel/pizzeria to a tee. However haunted it was, the pizza was delicious.
Our motel in the background. (Happy that we survived the night)
The next morning (was daylight savings, so we lost an hour), we had just enough time to pack up and check out of the motel and walk up and down their cute little main street. We ate breakfast at a horribly slow, over priced, not so good café.
I have a picture exactly like this one when Novalie was three at a different river. I love it.
We had a good laugh at the Color TV sign. That tells you how old the motels are there. Novalie said, “this motel is from the 80’s if they have color TV.” The 80’s to her are ancient. I also appreciated the private bath advertisement because many places I called said, “we have one room available that has a shared bathroom across the hall.” Umm, no thanks.
Novalie loves adventures and this definitely was one. It was out of Kevin and my comfort zone for sure, but we are glad we went. I do have to admit that when we saw the duct taped holes in the wall we talked about making a break for Pocatello with their plush hotels. We decided we weren’t that much of wimps and so we stayed and lived the experience. I can honestly say we would go back and do it all again.