Thermop

We’re staying at the Fountain of Youth campground, the home of the world’s largest hot spring-fed swimming pool, just outside Thermopolis, WY. We had to try it out right away and it was, shall we say, a different experience. The pool is divided into three sections, the first and closest to the source, is the cooling pool and not for human use due to the extremely high temperature. The middle one is about the temperature of a hot tub and the third is a warm bath. What makes it interesting? Well, due to the temperature it has “green stuff” growing here and there on the bottom, for one thing. For another, it SMELLS! Not really awful but it does have a lingering effect. What’s more, it wafts upon any breeze in the park! Curious place, but the hot water feels good.

One of the things we decided early on in our full-time life was that any real RV park had to have a railroad track within earshot. I don’t think it’s a zoning requirement but it sure seems to hold true more times than not. I didn’t notice that until early, early morning and then it took me a while to figure out what the noise was. LeRoy, the usual light sleeper, slept right through it. It was soon gone and it isn’t a busy track because we’ve only seen one other train all day.

Thermopolis, or Thermop as the locals call it, is unique due to the hot springs. Early in its history, the springs were owned by the Indians, who eventually sold 10 acres or so to the federal government with the stipulation that a portion of the water had to remain free to the public. There are several water parks, baths and spas around, but the state park pool is free. That is, unless you need a swimsuit or towel. Those you can rent for $1 each. There are both inside and outside pools available there.

Some of the landmarks in the area are fountains that look like large mounds of travertine, because that’s what they are. This one has an explanation on the sign.

I’m going to post this while I have wi-fi, so there will be more on Thermop later, when we get back to some semblance of civilization.

 

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