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.
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.
Steam is continually converted to frost making an intriguing if hazardous descent.
Any water on your soles would quickly turn to an unshakable layer of underfoot ice.
The frost was like a heavy fur or thick moss, deep enough to scoop into snowballs aimed at the unsuspecting soaker.
It was ten degrees. Anything out of the water froze quickly.