Sunday, August 10, 2008

Boiling Springs

The name says it all. Boiling Springs is right.

Last summer, we decided to go camping for the first time ever. The girl was 7 yrs and the boy was 2 yrs and we thought it might be fun. So I started checking around and I found this cool website From there I found a really cool campsite with a cabin. What a great idea. You don't have to worry about a tent and air mattresses, and most cabins have kitchens with refrigerators, bathrooms, some with showers, power, and running water. Now that's our kind of camping. Had we known this was an option, maybe I could have talked the husband into this camping thing a while ago.

I searched the website for a campsite near a hot springs. I don't know about you, but one thing I really enjoy is a good soak in a hot springs. And I thought my kids would like that too. So we made a two-nights reservation for a cabin near Boiling Springs Hot Springs.

The cabin was located near the Middle Fork and the drive was about two hours. It was a fun experience overall. The cabin didn't say it came with bats. But it did. Lots and lots and lots of them. Good thing we packed the Batman pajamas for the boy. But I'm not here to talk about our camping experience--that's a whole other story. Back to the hot springs.

The hot springs were very cool looking. Unfortunately, they were too hot to get into. I guess that's the wrong choice of words 'cool looking' but you know what I mean.

If you like hot springs, check out this awesome link I just added. It will guide you to over 200 hot springs all over Idaho--public or private. The guy who created this website reviews and grades each hot springs. He reports on the water temperature, the condition, the amount of trash, the bugs, and the overall experience with pictures--very useful if you're wondering where to find a good hot springs.

If you like the idea of camping in a cabin or you're wanting to search for a campground near a hot springs or anything else for that matter, check out my camping guide. It's a government site for the U.S. so you'll first need to select with what you're looking for, ie. cabin, RV sites, tent, day use, trailer, group sites, horse sites, boat sites and then select your state, a nearby city, and then a date. After you select these things, you can narrow your search by selecting a camping amenity whether you're looking for a site with biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, scenic trails or water activities.
You'll be amazed at what's out there. You can make a reservation and pay with a credit card all from home. They'll give you a confirmation email and a code to a combination lock (if needed) and you're on your way.

One more thing, if you know of a great website that you think would be helpful on this site, please make a comment and let me and others know about it. We don't want to get bored in Idaho. Amanda

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