Ten Degrees at Kirkham

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January 14, 2013

Jess and I with the two youngest, a mermaid and some Pringles head over the mountains hoping the Kirkham Hot Springs are just that — hot — in spite of the deep freeze that has settled over Idaho. We test some extremes of hot and cold.

Bridge to Kirkham

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Bridge to Kirkham
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Winter’s grip has been strong in recent days, enough that the only outdoor activity with much appeal was a hot water soak. When the weekend came we packed our towels and trunks and set out over the mountains to Kirkham Hot Springs.

Icy banks of the Payette

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Icy banks of the Payette
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Bipolar

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Bipolar
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Steam is continually converted to frost making an intriguing if hazardous descent.

Careful steps

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Careful steps
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Any water on your soles would quickly turn to an unshakable layer of underfoot ice.

Stay hot or be solid

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Stay hot or be solid
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A little hot falls

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A little hot falls
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Steam along the frigid Payette

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Steam along the frigid Payette
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Ice anaconda

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Ice anaconda
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Frost flowers

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Frost flowers
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The frost was like a heavy fur or thick moss, deep enough to scoop into snowballs aimed at the unsuspecting soaker.

We advised against it

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We advised against it
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Wisdom at last

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Wisdom at last
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It was ten degrees. Anything out of the water froze quickly.

Wine on the rocks

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Wine on the rocks
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A moment in the hot section

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A moment in the hot section
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Fort in the rocks

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Fort in the rocks
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Sometimes soggy

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Sometimes soggy
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Mermaid again

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Mermaid again
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The hot corner

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The hot corner
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Me and my toys

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Me and my toys
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Her own pool

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Her own pool
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Frozen hair

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Frozen hair
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Homeward from the hot springs

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Homeward from the hot springs
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Sunset toward Idaho City

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Sunset toward Idaho City
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