Tecopa Hot Springs 2020

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Even at the best of times, traveling can cause anxiety, and it’s undoubtedly challenging during COVID time.  It’s a bizarre and adverse moment in our history, and we are doing our best to rise above.  The surge in the number of cases during Thanksgiving week in November 2020 engulfed us in a different cloud of fear, doubt, and anxiety.  It affected our scheduled excursion, or as I like to call it, our pilgrimage to Tecopa Hot Springs and Death Valley.  The original plan was for three generations of our family to be present; we ended up with two.  The older generation opted to stay safely under house arrest.  We got COVID tested, stocked up on food, and made the intention to keep a proper social distance.  Everything was fine!  We did not venture out from Delight’s Hot Spring Resort, our new pad in Tecopa.  Our time was spent between soaking in hot mineral water and the room.   It was relaxing and bodily healing to sit in the pool surrounded by the beige, brown, and white desert colors.  What a special few days bonding with our boys, cooking our food, playing Code Words, and sharing our love for yoga.

On the way back, we stopped to assist in an accident scene.  A car veered off the road, and by the time it landed, 20 yards away, it was brutally damaged, a total loss.  The driver, a young Asian woman, tried to keep her composure but couldn’t hide her astonishment for staying all in one piece and intact amidst the disfigured car, sake bottle, and broken dishes strewn about the desert.  I said to her, ‘There is much to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day.’

What are the benefits of soaking in natural hot springs?

Hot natural spring water and its therapeutic properties have been written up in medical papers for decades.  Hot springs are found throughout the world.  The definition varies, but most often is some spring version with water temperatures above the air temperature and average human body temperature.  In most cases, their temperature is safe to relax in, but at times they may be too hot.  The heat temperatures within the earth warm the spring’s water. It’s called Geothermal Heat.

Soaking in a hot spring can be excellent therapy for several reasons.  The warmth of the water relaxes the muscles and increases the blood flow.  Also, hot water dissolves solids, thus making them rich in mineral content.  Many believe in these minerals’ medicinal values in recovering from injuries or reducing arthritis pain and inflammation.  Besides, the heat and subsequent sweating have a deep-cleansing effect on the skin and the entire body-to-mind realm.